John “Prime” Hina, Estria Foundation

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John “Prime” Hina, Estria Foundation / While graffiti may forever teeter between the lines of vandalism and art, The Estria Foundation and local mural artist John “Prime” Hina paint the town blue as they go beyond creating a mere project of self-expression.

Crediting the help of youth organizations and art collective 808 Urban, The Estria Foundation completed the Kalihi Water Writes Mural, the largest aerosol paint mural in Hawaii.

The Estria Foundation was co-founded in 2010 by Honolulu native Estria Miyashiro in an effort to unite local communities under a common mission to preserve the environment. Along with cities like Los Angeles, the Gaza Strip and San Salvador, Honolulu joins the National Water Writes project as the third in a series of 10 worldwide mural projects that showcase local and global water issues.

The 5,500 square-foot mural, located near the Honolulu Community College, celebrates the theme “A ‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia,” or “No task is too big when done together by all.” In juxtaposing environmental activist Queen Liliuokalani with present-day wasteful water policies and a call for a more sustainable future, the mural connects elements of Hawaii’s past and future.

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