Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge Program

Hale ʻIkena Residence Hall – Hilo, Hawai‘i

Completed in eight days and led by haumāna (students) of the Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge Program (assisting recent Hawai’i Island high school graduates entering UH Hilo this fall) with kōkua from Ka Huliau (assisting students transferring from community colleges into UH Hilo), and Nā Pua Noʻeau summer programs at UH Hilo. The Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge Program was created under a partnership between Kamehameha Schools’ Extension Education Services Division and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

The Estria Foundation completed its first Mele Mural at the UH Hilo at the Hale Kauanoe residence hall. The Core Hui of students who led the first Mele Mural project also assisted with this second project. The mural content, like previous murals, was inspired by the moʻolelo and mele of Hilo. Students were taken on huakaʻi (excursions) to Waiānuenue and Peʻepeʻe to find their source of inspiration.

The Kumulipo, a genealogical chant, was also an inspiration of the first wall painted with the youth. The Kumulipo is a comprehensive depiction of cosmic relationships provides a foundation for understanding Hawaiian perspectives on many aspects of life. The elements from the Kumulipo were transferred to the four additional walls of the Hale ‘Ikena building that encompassed this second Mele Murals project on the university’s campus.

521 W Lanikaula St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

Mural Name

HAWAIʻI ʻIMI LOA

Date Completed

July 15, 2015

Schools Served

University of Hawai’i at Hilo – Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge Program

Lead Artists

Estria Miyashiro, Kanoa Castro

Cultural Practitioners, Kūpuna, Community Orgs

Office of the Chancellor, the Ho‘okahua Project, Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, University Housing

Sponsors

Documented By

Kahena Cinema

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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