Patrick Ching Kohala Mural Project (Hawi Post Office) 2017
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Mahalo to all the community members who participated and gave kind words of support to the mural we did on the Hawi Post Office wall. Special Mahalo to super teacher Fern White and Principal Janette Snelling of Kohala High School, Tommy Mehau for helping from start to end, Bill who manages the center, The Kohala Village Hub and The people who work and live in Kohala.
As one rolls down the hill into historic Hawi town the wind blows the sugar cane into a flowing design featuring the golden color of the post office wall.
Field workers harvest sugar cane as a pre harvest cane fire roars in the distance.
The iconic smoke chimney from the Hawi Mill has been resurrected in this mural after it fell during the earthquake of 2006.
A section of the Kohala ditch represents the water that brought life to the area.
A pacific Jungle fowl rooster, that was important to many of the plantation cultures, struts across the same lawn as does a native 'Alae ke'oke'o bird and her chicks.
The inaugural locomotive "Kinau" runs across the trestles caring passengers in its cars called "Kalakaua".
The famed cowboys and cowgirls of Kohala come up on a steer as an 'Io or Hawaiian hawk soars above Pololu Valley, a few miles from the birthplace of Kamehameha the great. In the foreground a pair of mules from the stock that helped build the Kohala ditch system.
Here is an article about the mural that made front page of the Kohala Mountain News:
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Patrick Ching 2016 Hilo Adventure - ‘Alala Mural Project, Classes and More
It was such a great time in Hilo as I joined up with the ‘Alala Project and Connections Charter School to produce murals celebrating the upcoming release of the ‘Alala back into the wild. View photos of my adventure on Hilo.
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