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Nānākuli Community Day!

Today the Nānākuli Community came together to begin this amazing creative project!  Over 75 participants teamed up into 4 groups to tackle phase 1 of this 3000 square foot mural at the Nānākuli Super!  This mural represents UNITY, lead by District Representative Andria Tupola to bring the community, family and friends closer together through art.  The mural was so graciously blessed by Kahu (priest) Kaleo Patterson before the process began.  Dr. Patterson channeled the message of love and togetherness which really set the tone for this Aloha Aina mural project!  Stay Tuned for more details.

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YOUTH FUNDRAISER: KEALAKEKUA HAWAII

Come join us on October 25th, 2015 at Sun Dried Specialties in Kealakekua, Hawai’i for a youth fundraiser!  Keep it Flowing is very appreciative and grateful towards this community based effort for the keiki (youth) of Kealakekua!  All proceeds donated to us will go towards a workshop and youth driven collaborative awareness mural at Konawaena High School!

Please contact Sundried Specialties for all ticket purchases and questions: (808)937-2700

 

EVENT INFORMATION:

  • Date: Sunday, October 25th, 2015
  • Time: 12 noon -5pm
  • Address: 81-951 Haleki’i St, Kealakekua, HI 96750
  • All proceeds go to Keep it Flowing (towards a youth awareness mural) and Kapa Radio (youth food drive)
  • $35 per ticket

 

FUNDRAISER EVENT MENU (All you can eat):

  • Smoke prime rib over garlic mash potato’s topped with portobello mushrooms
    (cooked in a red wine rum sauce)
  • Steam fish with bacon wrap asparagus Seafood chowder
  • Poke station
  • Grilled fish and lobster crab cake station
  • Caterpillar roll poke or hamburger rolled in bacon then smoked

 

SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY:

  • Miss Hawai’i Jeanne Kapela

 

ENTERTAINMENT:

  • LT Smooth
  • Kaleo Perry & Alli Keaanina
  • Pa’ani Pila
  • Mark Yamanaka

SDS FUNRAISER POSTER

 

 

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

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.

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

East3 painting a male uhu.

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.

The Countdown Begins for NEOMP Spring 2015

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Only 40 days until our third anti-meth mural tour begins. We’ll be painting 4 murals on 4 islands at 4 high schools and we’re so excited! One way to prepare for the physical challenges of this tour is by staying health conscious. Yesterday we cross-trained: walking 5 miles followed by ocean swimming then weightlifting. We’ve also started eating probiotic foods and we definitely feel the difference! We were inspired to learn more about fermented foods after watching a documentary that premiered online, Origins. So far, we’ve made kimchi, sauerkraut and pickled cucumbers. It’s a process, but so rewarding! It’s also quite affordable! We want to keep learning about fermenting foods so if you have any info to share, please do!

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