Auckland Pasifika Festival 2017

Auckland, New Zealand

With the sponsorship of the US Embassy of New Zealand, the Mele Murals team was able to return back to Western Springs Park in Auckland to represent nation of Hawai‘i at the 25th annual Pasifika Festival. The weekend festival celebrates all the polynesian countries that span across Oceania and the Pacific.

Art major students from the Unitec Technical Institute College joined our process of grounding to draw out visions not too different from what youth in Hawai‘i would create. Visions of the ocean around them, a waka (canoe), yin and yang balance symbols, the Matariki star constellation and a tohora (whale) were transferred to the large mobile canvas. We even provided a spray paint lesson to the US Embassyʻs Charge d’Affaires, Candy Green. In the end, we learned that across the ocean, our cousins in Aotearoa/New Zealand have a similar culture to Hawaiians and are very similar minded to how we are as people.

Mural Name

“Te Ārepa Te Omeka” (The Alpha & The Omega, The First and Last, The Beginning and End)

Date Completed

March 2017

Schools Served

Unitec Technical Institute College

Lead Artists

Estria Miyashiro and Mike Bam Tyau

Cultural Practitioners, Kūpuna, Community Orgs

Pasifika Festival Hawaii Village, Paul Woodruffe John and Sarah Tito, Mandy Patmore of Kakano Youth Arts Collective

Sponsors & Supporters

US Embassy New Zealand

We Need Your Help

Your tax deductible Annual Membership provides much needed support for arts education in Hawaiʻi.

Help purchasing much needed supplies for our wall murals.

Assist in funding cultural advisers for our youth workshops.

Help stage events surrounding our public mural unveilings.

We Need Your Help

Your tax deductible Annual Membership provides much needed support for arts education in Hawaiʻi.

Help purchasing much needed supplies for our wall murals.

Assist in funding cultural advisers for our youth workshops.

Help stage events surrounding our public mural unveilings.

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