School Boasts New Surf Mu­ral

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander -

Art, and the ocean, is for ev­ery­one. That was the mes­sage North Shore surf artist Hil­ton Alves shared with Ka­noe­lani Ele­men­tary School last month.

Nearly 800 stu­dents, teach­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers took part in the Surf Art Kids mu­ral that was com­pleted one month be­fore Alves be­gan his 101 Per­fect Waves In­ter­na­tional Mu­ral Project.

The first two mu­rals of the project fea­ture the world’s largest surf art mu­ral at 1320 Kalani St. in Honolulu (now done), and the sec­ond will grace a wall at the Mu­seum de Afro in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Surf Art Kids is de­signed to ex­pose chil­dren to en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness and fos­ter a re­spect and love for the ocean through art. Ka­noe­lani’s new wall is the 14th such mu­ral in Hawaii.

The mu­ral de­picts a fa­mil­iar ocean scene in Hawaii con­sist­ing of a col­or­ful sun­set, a per­fect wave and an un­der­wa­ter cave scene.

Alves al­lowed the keiki to fin­ish the mu­ral by adding their own fa­vorite sea crea­tures to the wall.

Prin­ci­pal Stacy Ku­ni­hisa praised the Brazil­ian-born artist’s work and his ef­forts to reach chil­dren.

“Our motto is, ‘We is greater than me’ and we’re just try­ing to com­bat bul­ly­ing and make sure that every­body feels like it’s a place where they be­long.”

Hil­ton Alves joins Ka­noe­lani artists as they per­sonal- ize their new mu­ral. Photo from Bryan Wy­land.

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