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Mural project instills sense of pride in Nanakuli community

(Image: Aloha Aina Community Mural Project) (Image: Aloha Aina Community Mural Project)
(Image: Aloha Aina Community Mural Project) (Image: Aloha Aina Community Mural Project)
(Image: Aloha Aina Community Mural Project) (Image: Aloha Aina Community Mural Project)
NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By Kayla Yamamoto

Nanakuli residents were joined by visitors of the community on Saturday to celebrate the completion and blessing of the Aloha Aina Community Mural Project.  

The two-week long mural project, which is located on the Nanakuli Food Giant facing Farrington Highway, aimed to instill a sense of pride in members of the community.  The project effort was headed by state Rep. Andria Tupola, urban artist Ken Nishimura, Diverse Art and The Okimoto Corporation. 

"For our younger generation, we are mentoring them to use art as a positive outlet. With Keep it Flowing and Diverse Art, our children learn how to utilize their creative talents for the betterment of everyone," said Tupola.

"This project will encourage unity and strengthen the bond within the community through team work and a collaborative workflow," added co-organizer and lead muralist Nishimura.

Organizers of the project hope that by addressing the vandalism often associated with the area, the Nanakuli community can be represented in a more fitting and positive light.

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