Chinatown, Honolulu Wetland Revival Public Art Project
“Wildlife murals to line Pauahi & Nu'uanu St at the start of 2018 in an effort to enhance Chinatown through public art"
Coming the first week of January 2018, the bulb-outs outside The ARTS at Marks Garage, at the corner of Nu'uanu Ave. and Pauahi St., will be filled with murals depicting the wetland birds and plants that once inhabited Honolulu’s Chinatown, including alaeulas, koloa, nene, kalo, and more (see example image below). These murals are part of the Honolulu Wetland Revival Project (HWRP), a series of paintings envisioned to enliven and enrich Pauahi St. through public art.
This effort represents a rare collaboration among individual artists, business owners, non-profits, for-profits, and government agencies. Not only is the group of involved stakeholders unique, but the format of the murals is also distinct, as the forthcoming murals along Pauahi St. are to flow seamlessly and connect with each other from one end of the street to the other. This project is hoped to support the growing Chinatown art’s community, as well as enhance the pedestrian experience along Pauahi St. and encourage new creative uses of public space in Honolulu.
The planned murals are to be finished by January 5th, 2018. To commemorate this public art feature, a public mural celebration is to be held at The ARTS at Marks Garage’s First Friday event between 6p-10p (FREE & open to the public) along with the opening pARTy for the gallery show “E Uhi Wale No, A`ole E Nalo He Imu Puhi”, featuring the works of: Imaikalani Kalahele, Bob Freitas & Cory Taum.
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