Kailua’s Mu­ral To Spread Peace Far

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Front Page - By PAIGE TAKEYA

The stu­dents of St. An­thony School have just painted a mu­ral with a peace­ful mes­sage that could reach all the way to Ja­pan. Thanks to a part­ner­ship with Pali Li­ons Club and Li­ons Club of Na­gasaki, the school is now a par­tic­i­pant in the in­ter­na­tional Kids’ Guer­nica project.

In­spired by Pablo Pi­casso’s fa­mous Guer­nica mu­ral, painted in 1937 af­ter the bomb­ing of the vil­lage Guer­nica in Spain dur­ing the Span­ish Civil War, Kids’ Guer­nica strives to echo the artist’s protest against war. Art Ja­pan Net­work founded the project in 1995, and hun­dreds of mu­rals, from as far as Nepal to Greece, have been painted since.

“We want to in­spire peo­ple through­out the world to be peace­mak­ers,” ex­plained Ce­celia Izuo, a St. An­thony School teacher and Pali Lion who brought the project to the Kailua school. While at­tend­ing a Li­ons con­ven­tion

St. An­thony School stu­dents, in­clud­ing McKen­zie Miyata and Kyra Fo, work on a spe­cial peace mu­ral Feb. 19 with peers from Ja­pan in Fa­ther Henry Hall at the Kailua church. Photo by Bodie Collins, bcollins@mid­week.com.

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