Internationally recognized artist and community organizer Estria Miyashiro returns to Our Kaka‘ako for a series of collaborative murals inspired by song and grounded in tradition.
Text by Sonny Ganaden | Opening image by John Hook | Interior images courtesy of The Estria Foundation
Estria Miyashiro is a bona-fide celebrity in the world of community urban art. His Estria Foundation has nearly completed its Water Writes series, which brings together youth, artists, organizers, and environmental activists to create imagery that reflects the relationship between communities and waters that sustain them. The project took Estria far from his upbringing in Honolulu: murals have gone up in Palestine, the Philippines, El Salvador, and the West Coast of California. A massive collaborative piece was completed in 2011 at the nearly acre-long wall fronting the parking lot of Honolulu Community College. “It was so much work!” Estria says of the murals. “I thought it was going to be my swan song, but pretty quickly, I realized wasn’t about me. It’s about teaching and sharing and having others tell their stories. The Mele Murals project sort of evolved from the lessons we learned from Water Writes, and for me, it’s about getting back home.”Continue Reading..