Keep it Flowing is very excited to announce our community beautification project on the island of Oahu in Nānākuli! The Okimoto Corporation, District 43 Representative Andria Tupola, Diverse ART, Keep it Flowing and the Nanakuli Community will collaborate on a 3000 sq ft mural located at the Food Giant grocery store starting Saturday February 12, 2016.
Nanakuli Project event dates and schedule:
Saturday February 12, 2016
-8am sign up and assembly
-8:15 mural blessing
-8:30 warming up with Diverse Art (stretches and light cardio)
-8:45 Team assembly and paint distribution
-9-130pm mural painting and clean up
-2pm end of event
Sunday February 14th
-9-12:30pm community mural painting and clean up
Monday February 15-25th
-Lead Muralist and team will be painting the mural
-artist volunteers are welcome to join in. (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday February 27th
-Mural unveiling and ceremony from 330-5:30pm
Stay tuned for more details!
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.
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:
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!
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.
Mahalo to journalist Craig DeSilva who published a “Health” feature on Ken Nishimura in the HMSA magazine with 300,000+ ciculation titled: “Painting Pictures of Good Health: Artist Ken Nishimura Reaches Hawaii Youth Through His Art” in the Spring 2015 issue.
Check it out here: http://www.islandscene.com/Article.aspx?id=6816
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!
Big Brothers Big Sisters Maui, 200 Waimaluhia Lane, Wailuku, HI 96793
15 feet x 9 feet
Ken Nishimura (East 3) and Trysen Kaneshige (Tkay2)
Date of Completion:
March 27, 2015
April 18, 2015
Big Brother Big Sisters Contact Info:
JD Wyatt, Director, JD@bbbshawaii.org, 808-242-9754 ext. 202
Courtney Cabebe , Match Specialist, email@example.com, 808-252-9754 ext. 207
Ashlee Chapman MSW, School Based Case Manager, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We use the restorative power of art to help break the cycle of crime and violence in our communities.
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
This week Ken Nishimura is leading a Style Writing/ Calligraphy workshop open to all ages at Diverse Art in Kakaako http://www.diverseartcenter.org (MWF 5-7pm). Today’s students included two ten year-olds, one recent college grad, and two young professional graphic designers from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Ken started with the fundamentals: ABCs, straight letters with a chisel-tip pen on white paper. The objective was to write the alphabet using the same exact line heaviness for each letter. It’s easier said than done!
The second step was eliminating negative space, in other words, using the least amount of white space between letters without them run into each other. The last step was, as Ken’s said “making the letters dance.” Usually, Ken has students work on step one for weeks or months until they’ve mastered their writing instrument, but for the sake of satisfying three wide ranging levels of experience with this art form, he introduced all three steps and had us practice each one so we could all get a taste of where style writing, or calligraphy, can take us once we’ve mastered the fundamentals.