Nagasaki Link Means Relishing Differences
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.
For more information, visit kidsguernica.blogspot.com.
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.