Mauka to Makai

by Wooden Wave

Wailuku, USA – February 2019


Finding This Mural

1760 Mill St, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

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Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

This mural was painted in collaboration with Coral Reef Alliance in an effort illustrate the importance of caring for the upstream or “Mauka” regions in order to keep near shore reefs clean and clear of harmful run-off. The tree house in the foreground serves a research outpost and native plant nursery for conservationists who are revegetating eroding gulches. The phrase written on the right side of the mural translates to “Mountain to the Sea” and highlights the idea that the well being of the ocean is intrinsically tied to the health of our upland ecosystems. We imagine this is where conservationists work and play. Protecting our seas is laborious but satisfying work. On breaks from rigorous field work, resident conservationists are encouraged to skate the half pipe, ride the slide and soak in the gorgeous view from the tire swing.

The Focus

Coral reef conservation

Take Action

You can help save coral reefs by:

  • Reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Using reef-friendly sunscreen.
  • Only consuming sustainably caught sea life.
  • Being an ocean-minded voter.