Pālolo Elementary School

Honolulu, Hawaii

On April 22nd, our Mele Murals team started a community mural at Pālolo Elementary School. The initiative was a part of “Earth Day” and a collaborative weekend with Iolani School, Kaimukī High School, Hālau Kū Māna, Aliiolani Elementary School, Clean Water Honolulu, Tree to Seas, Inc., SEEQS (The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability), Voyager Public Charter School, and the City and County of Honolulu to restore the clean waters of our ahupua‘a of Pālolo and Mānoa. Besides the stream restoration that runs along our office home of Kaimukī High School, our team wanted to provide access to an art project that allowed the students and community to say a message about the history of Pālolo besides cleaning the streams. To read up more on all the activities and schools that participated in the Aloha ‘Āina, visit Nawaiekolu.Org!

Before any painting was started, we went on a huakaʻi (fieldtrip) where kumu Babā told stories of Pālolo including the story of Maui and how his hook, Manaiakalani, made Kaʻau crater. Kumu Babā also told the story of Awapuhi Melemele and Awapuhi Keokeo, the two moʻo sisters who fought over the affection of one man and became stones in the valley, and of Kaʻauhelumoa the magic rooster-man chief that battled Kamapuaʻa for control of Pālolo valley.

The mural exhibits the concepts and ideas from the Pālolo Elementary students and participants from our reflection sessions. The keiki were inspired by the story of Kaʻauhelumoa, they decided to put him on the left side of the mural. Behind him is Kaʻau crater. There is a spring named in his honor called Kaʻauhelemoa where reddish wai (stream water) flows from the crater. In the moʻolelo (story), Kamapuaʻa the pig-man fights him for rule of the valley. Kaʻauhelumoa dies in the fight. However it is believed that he continues to this day to guard the valley and its inhabitants. The lesson here is that Kaʻauhelumoa was too mean, too hard on people, and despite his love for them, they wanted him removed. Kaʻauhelumoa is there to tell the students to be brave like a rooster, and to be unafraid to admit oneʻs mistakes, make a change, and have a second chance.

The central image is of a child connecting to the heavens and the earth, rising up to the ʻike. The child is connected to the rooster and the tree with white light. On the right of the mural is an ‘ulu tree. The ʻili ʻāina (land division) of the area was called Kaʻululoa. One definition of that is the never-ending ʻulu tree. Ulu also means to grow, and it is important for our haumāna to always strive to grow and learn new things and to be curious in life. Water is a central theme in the piece and the stream connect us all.

“Haili Moe Na Ke Ola Pono o Pālolo”

Dream-like glimpse of Palolo’s Living Spirit

‘Oli lines: “Eia la no ‘oe. E ola e”

He Mele Aloha nō Pālolo
Na Mark Mauipaumākuakānehoalani Lovell me Julie U’ilani Au

Hiʻi ka honua iā Kāne
ʻO Kāne ke akua ola e
Eia ke awāwa hiwahiwa ʻo Pālolo
I ka poli kapu o Mauʻumae me Waʻahila Aloha e ke Koʻolau, kau mai i luna lā Ke pā mai nei ke Kaomi, ka Hoʻolua, Kapalili aʻe ka lau o ke kalo
E ulu i ka wai kahe mau loa o Pūkele Mai ka uka ʻiuʻiu o ke aliʻi moa
ʻO Kaʻauhelemoa i ka hahana o ka lā E hoʻi i ka lua o Kaʻau, e kiaʻi mai e Kiʻekiʻe o Lanipō i ka ua Līlīlehua
I ka pili i ke anu o ke kuahiwi
Ka puana a ka moe, he aloha nō Pālolo​.

2106 10th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA

Mural Name

Haili Moe Na Ke Ola Pono o Pālolo

Date Completed

April 26, 2018

Schools Served

Pālolo Elementary School with support from ʻIolani School, Hālau Kū Māna, Al‘iiolani Elementary School, SEEQS (The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability), and Voyager Public Charter School 

Lead Artists

Nicole Makaʻāhinaʻālohilohi Jack, Luke Pomai DeKneef, Estria Miyashiro, Jesse Valasquez, OG Libra, and Kūpono Duncan

Cultural Practitioners, Kūpuna, Community Orgs

Kahu Kamana‘o Aweau Agres

Sponsors & Supporters

‘Iolani School, Holly Kiyonaga, Montana Cans, Glidden Paint, Housemart Crafts Ben Franklin at Market City, City Mill, Janet Lau, Yvonne Chan, Megan Kawatachi, Mauikānehoalani Lovell, Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Ānuenue, Christopher Babā Yim, Katie Tierney, Steven Ai, Honuʻapo, Ritchie and Sunny Mudd, Tina Tagad, nā Akua, nā ʻAumakua, and nā Kūpuna

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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