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Mele Murals Youth Intersession Program (Hawaiʻi Island)

The Estria Foundation

Hawai‘i Island

3-5, 6-8

Fall 2022

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"I like Mele Murals because they made my brother and I feel accepted and welcomed on the first day." Naupaka - 7th grade


  • Served 4 communities: Kāneʻohe, Honolulu (Kūhiō), Kaʻū-Keaʻau-Pāhoa Complex (Keaʻau Elementary) & Online

  • Engaged a total of 87 keiki across 4 sites in authentic Hawaiian culture, Aloha ʻĀina and the arts.

  • Students participated in huaka‘i to historically significant wahi pana within their ahupuaʻa and in other ahupua‘a across O‘ahu to provide each student with a comprehensive cultural experience focused on Hawai‘i culture.

  • Engaged in visual arts lessons that are focused on perpetuating Hawaiian culture, and creating public works of art that honor Hawaiʻi's culture.

  • Engaged with kūpuna and cultural practitioners from their communities who are preserving and perpetuating Hawaiian culture.

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