Our Visit to James Campbell High School

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Over President’s Day weekend we spent Sunday and Monday spray painting a 14 foot high by 25 foot wide wood-paneled wall on a building at the largest high school in the state. On really high portions of the wall, Lead Muralist, Ken (East 3) Nishimura and Trysen (TKay2) Kaneshige stood on ten foot ladders painting with great balance while Aranzazu (Atres) Ascunce and Akira (Akira1) Woods served as support, holding ladders, with great focus.

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We used the Campbell High School colors, orange and black, to highlight the words as a display of team spirit. We also acknowledged the statue of the birth of Ka’ahupahau (Kazu Fukada) at the school’s main entrance by painting our first two sharks in any NEOMP mural. You will find one shark on the right by East3, a hammerhead that feels like it’s hovering over you when you stand next to the wall, and the shadow of a tiger shark on the left by Tkay2.

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One little girl that stopped by while we painted thought we should build a gate around the mural to protect it. Hopefully, two layers of a UV matte coat and an appreciation and respect for the love and sweat that went into the mural, will preserve this underwater Not Even Once mural for years to come.

 

Hopefully, it will also inspire Campbell High School students, faculty and staff to create more murals on campus! We are grateful for the opportunity to paint at CHS. Everyone was so kind and friendly! We hope the mural will work on many levels for all. Ares

The Main Message: Not Even Once

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The main message of the Not Even Once Mural Project is to prevent Hawaii youth from trying methamphetamines. The way our team at Keep It Flowing communicates this sensitive message is visually. We paint a mural, centrally located on a school, or youth center, (exterior or interior) wall with the message: Not Even Once. This is the meth prevention message of the Hawaii Meth Project, the local chapter of a national non-profit. These three words – Not Even Once – stand in the center of the mural. We surround these words with backgrounds chosen by school principals and vice-principals after several discussions with the artists and organizers. Since the project began one year ago, most schools have chosen an underwater theme. Another popular theme is school spirit. So far, we have painted eight Not Even Once murals on four Hawaiian Islands. This Spring 2015 season, our third tour, we will paint four more anti-meth murals statewide. We unveiled the first mural of this season at James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach on Oahu this past Wednesday. Please read my next post about the creating and unveiling of Campbell High School’s Not Even Once mural. Atres

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