Special Mural Coming to Sheraton Waikiki for Annual Native Hawaiian Convention


September 15, 2016

Special Mural Coming to Sheraton Waikiki for Annual Native Hawaiian Convention

Waikiki, HI–Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) member organization, Ho‘omaika‘i Inc. successfully coordinated the painting of a mural at the Sheraton Waikiki’s Aloha Landing to commemorate its partnership with the 15th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention and to celebrate Sheraton Waikiki’s gracious hospitality. CNHA’s Hawaiian Way Fund received the grant funding for the art project that directly supports the muralists involved. Native Hawaiian artist, Kai‘ili Kaulukukui will be painting a large mural, covering 1,100 square feet, depicting lei making, a symbol of Hawaiian hospitality and an experience many tourists look forward to when visiting Hawai‘i.

The preliminary sketch, as shown below, reveals a gorgeous, bright yellow plumeria lei being delicately hand sewn. The piece named I Lei No or a lei for you, will be one of the first pieces of art guests will see as they are brought in by bus or shuttle to the hotel’s Aloha Landing.

“We are thrilled to be a part of a wonderful project of our member organization and support their work of supporting Native Hawaiian artists. This mural will be special for everyone connected to the artwork, the convention, and the hotel for years to come,” shares CNHA Hawaiian Way Fund Manager, Kehau Meyer.  Kaulukukui is a native of Hawai‘i island and currently has murals across Hawaii and around the world including the Hawaii Convention Center, Bishop Museum, San Jose Learning Center (CA), Pow! Wow! Hawaii locations, Mexico and New Zealand.

Convention attendees are encouraged to interact with the artist, who will be finalizing the piece during the three days of the 15th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention. Tours of the Native Hawaiian art collection at the hotel will be conducted by the Sheraton Waikiki staff on Monday, October 10, 2016. Join us at convention to celebrate accomplishment, progress, and collaboration in community-based work.

For more information on the 15th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention visit www.cvent.com/d/rvq8bx or contact info@hawaiiancouncil.org. For more information on CNHA, please visit www.hawaiiancouncil.org.