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Moiliili Japanese Cemetery Beautification Film Benefit

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - The beautification project is a dream that began when Laura Ruby, long time Mo'ili'ili resident and an Art and Honors instructor at the University of Hawaii met Harriet Natsuyama while collecting research on the history of Mo'ili'ili for a book. Harriet, an astrophysicist who grew up in Mo'ili'ili and currently resides in Los Angeles, was cataloging the work of her grandfather who carved many of the headstones at the cemetery. For years the two women dreamed of improving the Kuilei-Waiaka Road border of the cemetery. Their vision was to take down the high fence with its worn aluminum strips and to remove the trash that was accumulating as some would use this as a dumping ground. Their wish was to create a beautiful, tranquil setting that was inviting to those who visit the cemetery and to enhance the environment for the residents and visitors to Mo'ili'ili. They would like to see this 100+ year old cemetery added to our state's list of historical sites and also to the National Register of Historic Places.

Receiving a $1000 grant from the Awesome Foundation allowed Laura and Harriet to start their ambitious project. With the help of numerous volunteers which include individuals who have loved ones in the cemetery, those who work, attend school or live in the community, as well as visitors who just wanted to help, who reside outside of the community, the work began.

The fence has been removed and construction has begun on a low rise bluestone wall. There are plans for a garden, new trees for shade and areas to sit. As more stones and other materials need to be purchased, Serenergy Productions has joined forces with us to do a special screening of their film "Parts of the Same Circle" as a fund raising event.

Parts of the Same Circle Film Benefit

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 2-4:30 - UH Art Auditorium

Tickets are $20

Free Parking at UH Manoa. Reserve your seats now!

For tickets and more information, click HERE!

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