State District 43 Representative Andria Tupola: Proposes Keep it Flowing Mural Program

Check out vlog post by Hawaii State House District 43 representative Andria Tupola proposing a mural project with Keep it Flowing for the island of Oahu in the Waianae & Nanakuli District!  Thank you Andria for all your support!  Stay Tuned!

Accountability Vlog #2 – What have we been up to?

Posted by Representative Andria Tupola on Monday, August 17, 2015

Boss Cutz in Kona Hawaii

Keep it Flowing artist Ken3 painting a dedication mural in Kailua-Kona Hawai’i.   The mural theme is “Ho‘īlina” which means heir, inheritance, legacy or heritage and is a dedication to owner of “Boss Cutz” late brother .  Check out this timelapse video by Reptank.

Sneak Peek: Boys and Girls Lihue Clubhouse Mural

The Boys and Girls Club Clubhouse in Lihue, Kauai is getting a big time make-over and we’re thrilled to be a part of it! It will take us three weeks to complete this project and we’re currently in the middle of week one. So far, we’ve prepared all the walls for what’s to come. This makeover will involve creating two large murals: one exterior and one interior. Both of these murals will be collaborative involving the participation of 50+ adults and youth. We can’t reveal too many project details quite just yet, but here’s a sneak peek for now:

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With each mural project, we try to expand our knowledge and challenge our comfort zone. In this case, we used a spray gun for the very first time. Thankfully Stan, a professional carpenter and project crew member (pictured here), gave us a pointers on how to control this fun tool. It was fast, loud and powerful. We got the job done and we got covered in paint in the process! Live & Learn!

 

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For the past three days we’ve been working diligently to get all the walls ready to paint a scene that will spark imaginations and transport people to a magical place. Stay tuned for updates!

JOB OPENING: If you know anyone who might be interested, we are currently seeking assistants in Kauai to help us with some basic labor for this project. Please contact us via our Facebook page (Keep It Flowing) or Instagram @keepitflowing and we will get back to you asap! Interviews begin on Monday, April 6, 2015.

Be A Jerk: Underage Alcohol Awareness Mural

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trysen Tkay2 Kaneshige and Keep it Flowing is partnering up with Big Brothers and Big Sister (BBBS) in Maui to create an awareness mural at their club house!!!  Be a Jerk is a campaign supported statewide to stop underage drinking.  Visit our “mural” section in our portfolio for the latest updates. Stay tuned!

 

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Mural Location:

Big Brothers Big Sisters Maui, 200 Waimaluhia Lane, Wailuku, HI 96793

 

Mural Size:

15 feet x 9 feet

 

Mural Media:

Acrylic

 

Muralists:

Ken Nishimura (East 3) and Trysen Kaneshige (Tkay2)

 

Date of Completion:

March 27, 2015

 

Mural Unveiling:

April 18, 2015

 

Big Brother Big Sisters Contact Info:

JD Wyatt, Director, JD@bbbshawaii.org, 808-242-9754 ext. 202

Courtney Cabebe , Match Specialist, ccabebe@bbbshawaii.org, 808-252-9754 ext. 207

Ashlee Chapman MSW, School Based Case Manager, achapman@bbbshawaii.org, 808-242-9754 ext. 206

 

The Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition includes the following organizations:

Maui County, Department of Housing and Human Concerns; Aloha House; Maui Youth and Family Services; Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.; Community Work Day; Kihei Youth Center; Paia Youth & Cultural Center Maui; Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Shelter; Alu Like Molokai; Lanai Youth Center; Hana Youth Center; Baldwin High School, Peer Education Program; Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui; and Maui Police Department.

If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:

  • Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
  • Keep track of how much you drink.
  • Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
  • Don’t drink when you are upset.
  • Avoid places where people drink a lot.
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink.

How Did We Celebrate Our One-Year Anniversary?

One Year Anniversary at Lahaina Boys and Girls Club

To celebrate working with the Hawaii Meth Project for one year, we visited the location of the very first mural we created with the Hawaii Meth Project’s message — Not Even Once — here in Hawaii. The Not Even Once Mural Project  promotes a meth-free life and raises awareness about meth at Hawaii schools and youth centers. To commemorate this anniversary Keep It Flowing muralists Trysen Kaneshige and Ken Nishimura visited the site of the very first Not Even Once mural. This inaugural mural can be found at The Boys and Girls Club in Lahaina, Maui. Both artists added more fish to the ocean mural. While they were painting at the Club, they reconnected with the youth and the staff. They also led free art workshop which was conducted by Kaneshige. We are happy that the youth that visit this club daily, approximately 100 youth on average, are exposed to this important message. Many thanks to BGC Director Danae Marin, Uncle Joe and Sule for inviting us back to the BGC Lahaina Club! Read more about our anniversary here: http://mauitvnews.com/blog/tag/lahaina-boys-and-girls-club/

Five Good Reasons to Keep Creating Anti-Meth Murals at Hawaii Schools and Youth Centers

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East3 painting a male uhu.

Tomorrow we will unveil our 10th anti-meth mural at Kohala High School on the northern coast of the island of Hawaii. In twelve months we’ve completed ten Not Even Once Murals statewide thanks to the support of many individuals, businesses and organizations. Here are five reasons why we should keep creating more anti-meth murals.

 

  1. Our anti-meth murals stimulate dialogue about a critical issue that currently affects the wellbeing of our state. During the past three weeks we’ve been on tour painting anti-meth murals, there have been numerous news reports and features about meth dealing and addiction in Hawaii including these:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/28198062/man-receives-12-year-prison-sentence-for-molokai-meth-ring

http://mauinow.com/2015/02/23/7-7-pounds-of-meth-found-in-hilo-drug-bust/

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/28265661/sources-mental-illness-and-meth-use-made-freeway-jumper-very-unstable

http://www.midweek.com/hawaii-medical-advice/doctor-in-the-house/psychiatry-meth-addiction/

 

  1. Our mural-creation process builds bridges of activism. These anti-meth murals are just one piece of a larger program that raises awareness about the dangers of meth use through in class presentations and rallies organized by the Hawaii Meth Project. Students get involved in leading and organizing anti-meth rallies and other events to raise awareness about the dangers of meth at their schools and in their communities.

 

  1. Our anti-meth murals transform spaces into places where students hang out, take pictures and stage events. They beautify school grounds and add bright, uplifting splashes of color for the enjoyment of all at a minimal to no cost to schools.

 

  1. Our work shows youth one effective way of how to use art to raise awareness about critical social and cultural issues that impact our community.

 

  1. We use the restorative power of art to help break the cycle of crime and violence in our communities.

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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