Na­gasaki Link Means Rel­ish­ing Dif­fer­ences

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in Toronto, Canada, she met a friend from the Na­gasaki club who told her about Kids’ Guer­nica.

She be­lieves the tim­ing of this mu­ral is sig­nif­i­cant.

“The way the world is right now, it’s dev­as­tat­ing that peo­ple are get­ting killed be­cause of their re­li­gious be­liefs,” she said. “We want to pro­mote peace through­out the world, and we feel that this is how God ex­pects us to live: to love the dif­fer­ences in other peo­ple, to rec­og­nize that we’re not all the same.”

St. An­thony School set to work on its 11-by-25foot mu­ral Feb. 19, with ev­ery stu­dent in the school tak­ing a turn at paint­ing. Pali Li­ons and guests from Li­ons Club of Na­gasaki and Kids’ Guer­nica su­per­vised and as­sisted the process.

The mu­ral de­sign was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort by the stu­dent body, who all sub­mit­ted ideas. Prom­i­nent fea­tures in­clude a plume­ria lei bor­der, Makapu‘u Light­house, the Ko‘olau Range, a hula dancer, a whale leap­ing out of the ocean, and the word “Aloha.”

But the art won’t be a per­ma­nent cam­pus fix­ture. Kids’ Guer­nica’s mu­rals are de­signed to move, just as Pi­casso’s orig­i­nal was shown at the 1937 Paris In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion be­fore tour­ing Europe.

Izuo is hope­ful the mu­ral can be on dis­play at the Li­ons Club In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion (in June in Honolulu), and that it might even travel to Na­gasaki to rec­og­nize the 70th an­niver­sary of the atomic bomb­ing that ended World War II.

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Artis­tic direc­tor Su­san McCreary Duprey re­hearses with the Wind­ward Choral So­ci­ety. Their next free com­mu­nity con­cert is at 5 p.m. Sun­day in En­chanted Lake. Photo from the choral so­ci­ety.

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