We are so excited to announce our current Temple Children sustainability and public art activation! See the press release below for all of the information for our third activation in Hilo, Hawai'i and follow us on Instagram for all of your up to the minute project action!
This week, seven globally renowned artists are on Hawai‘i Island to paint large-scale, sustainability-themed murals throughout Downtown Hilo.
The concerted effort to beautify and revitalize the community is the third public art activation of its kind driven by Temple Children, an arts and sustainability organization that coordinates projects to strengthen communities, promote social and environmental innovation, and incite positive global change.
The public and media are invited to drop by the following locations between Wednesday, October 19 and Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to view artists paint live:
- Hilo Backpacker’s Hostel on Waianuenue Ave // Artists: Rick Hayward and Emily Devers (Brisbane, Australia)
- Agasa Furniture Store on Ponahawai St // Artist: Yoskay Yamamoto (Toba, Japan)
- Downtown KTA Super Stores on Keawe St // Artist: Kai Kaulukukui (Puna, Hawai‘i)
- Former Ebesugawa Flower Shop on Furneaux Ln // Artist: Jet Martinez (Oakland, California)
- Hana Hou Hilo on Bayfront // Artist: Brandy Serikaku (Hilo, Hawai‘i)
- Nikisa Properties Building on Ponahawai + Kinoole // Artist: Sam Yong (Auckland, New Zealand)
The public art and sustainability project is made possible with support from Novo Painting (Cole and Lisa Palea), OluKai, K. Taniguchi, Ltd., Hana Hou Hilo, Agasa Furniture Store and Keaukaha One Youth Development.
HPM Building Supply donated Pratt & Lambert paint; ladders and lifts supplied by Takamine Construction; and artist meals donated by Sweet Cane Café, Aloha Mondays and Loved by the Sun. Additional local donations were provided by Aiona Car Rentals, Moon and Turtle, Big Island Booch, OK Farms, The Locavore Store, Island Naturals and Shark’s Coffee. Onsite support and keiki volunteers provided by Circle of Life Hilo’s Leandra Keuma and local artist Kathleen Kam.
Aside from painting, artists participated in a lo‘i restoration workday in Waipi‘o Valley organized by local non-profit Pōhāhā I Ka Lani. To round out the artists’ stay, Kilauea EcoGuides will lead an educational hike to the lava flow prior to artists’ departure.
The October project is led by Temple Children founders, Miya Tsukazaki and David “MEGGS” Hooke, and Regional Director Ashley Kierkiewicz. It is being documented by Cory S. Martin, a freelance cinematographer, director and editor based in Buffalo, New York.
The murals are expected to be complete by Sunday, October 23.
Description of October murals below:
Hana Hou Hilo on Bayfront
Artist: Brandy Serikaku – @b_alia
Mural honors the famous rain of Hilo, Ka Ua Kanilehua. The name speaks to the sound made when it rains on ʻōhiʻa lehua. Artwork sheds light on rapid ‘ōhi‘a death and the startling thought of losing these trees and never hearing this rain again.
Hilo Backpacker’s Hostel on Waianuenue Ave
Artists: Rick Hayward and Emily Devers – @frankandmimi
Mural inspired by hands-on immersion in Waipiʻo Valley, where the artists worked collectively with the Temple Children crew to restore a loʻi for Pōhāhā I Ka Lani. Artwork celebrates the indigenous papaya, taro and ʻolena, with the phrase 'Land of Plenty' illustrated using topographic line work directly referencing Mauna Kea.
Agasa Furniture Store on Ponahawai St (wall facing Bayfront)
Artist: Yoskay Yamamoto – @yoskayyamamoto
Mural inspired by Mother Earth connecting experiences with Temple Children on Hawai‘i Island. Artwork reflects the island’s vast skies and surrounding ocean.
Former Ebesugawa Flower Shop on Furneaux Lane
Artist: Jet Martinez - @jetmar1
Mural is a celebration of the Ebesugawa sisters’ lifetime of work with flowers and dedication to kindness and openness. Artwork features a bright, Hilo-inspired floral pattern.
Downtown Hilo KTA Super Stores on Keawe St
Artist: Kai Ka‘ulukukui – @artworkofkai
Murals are next to two panels focused on food sustainability painted by Kathleen Kam in 2010. In keeping with the storyline of the existing work, Ka‘ulukukui’s murals honor the preparation and feasting of what is farmed and harvested on Big Island.
Nikisa Properties Builidng on Ponahawai + Kinoole St
Artist: Sam Yong – @saminthewolf
Mural depicts the ‘io, endemic to Hawai‘i Island, and a symbol of Hawaiian royalty. Artwork celebrates the bird’s history and inspires one to look at life from a different perspective, to respect nature, and take care of the land.