Blanche Pope Elementary School

Waimanalo, O‘ahu

This mural project connects us with the land and mo‘olelo (stories) of Waimanalo. Since all the concepts and mo‘olelo come from the haumāna (students) of Blanche Pope Elementaryʻs Mele Mural, we found it appropriate that the title be “Hoʻomalu ʻia e nā Liko” (Protected by the Children).

The central visual that the viewer immediately sees is the Hawai‘ian pueo (owl) in the middle of the mural, which is the mascot of the school and to some of the children, it is their family aumakua (spirit animal). One of the mo‘olelo is about Kamohoali‘i , the shark akua (god) and shape shifter. Some of the keiki let us know that the ghosted large man is Kamohoali‘i, whereas some believe the ghosted giant/spirit is their ancestor. The man looks over Waimanalo with one of the keiki.

One of the streams that connects to the ocean at Waimanalo Beach forms a pool that used to be called “Muliwaiolena” (the golden pond) and the 5th and 6th grade class took a huaka‘i (fieldtrip) to this area to not only clean the area, but to also pay respects and offer a ho‘okupu (offering) to this area. Muliwaiolena is also the name of the woman, who is another central figure in the Mele Mural, and she washes her hair in the golden pond. It was believed that the abundance of olena (tumeric) that was in the land caused the magical and golden color of the pond.

The story of Kamahoali‘i carries through the right side of the Mele Mural where he turns into a giant manō (shark) with eight eyes (representing makawalu). At the shore is his sister, Hi‘iaka, who has returned to O‘ahu and protects the shores of Waimanalo.

‘ŌiwiTV video: https://vimeo.com/165659294

Viewer can find this mural below…

41-133 Huli St, Waimanalo, HI 96795, USA

Mural Name

Hoʻomalu ʻia e nā Liko (Protected by the Children)

Date Completed

April 2015

School Served

Blanche Pope Elementary School, Hospitality Academy of Kaimukī High School

Lead Artists

Estria Miyashiro, Lindsay Lander, Mike Bam Tyau, Kawika Kahiapo, Joe Aragon

Cultural Practitioners, Kūpuna, Community Orgs

Tiare Agpaoa, Kumu Paul Akau

Sponsors & Supporters

Documented By

‘Ōiwi TV

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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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