In the days that followed, Jarus observed - sketching and re-sketching who and what he learned along the way. Simultaneously, the ST*BA team worked excitedly to identify the right space, partners and kokua to make the collaborative vision work.
Help others + accept help.
That is the family way.
‘Ike aku, ‘ike mai
Kokua aku, kokua mai
Pela ka nohona ‘ohana
Jarus’ selected ‘ōlelo no‘eau has truly manifested itself in this process, as we celebrate day 1 of painting. His subject, a young man who invited Jarus spearfishing over the weekend while walking through Wailuku Town, helped to complete his inspiration as he learned about the traditional cultural practice. Today’s progress shows a clear outline of the back of the man as he looks out onto a body of water.
“I like the approach he took in relation to the back of the subject,” shared Sissy, “kua being the back and how important the kua is to us as people. How we relate the kua to things as a fundamental part of our body’s structure, and how we relate the kua or back to us as a people in relation to genealogy, and the parts of how the generations are formulated.”
“In freshwater and salt, water as the heartbeat of life’s existence resonated with Jarus,” shares his manager Ann Marie Power, “extended the opportunity to immerse himself within the river + ocean waters guided by Wailuku residents, amidst cherished Maui pastimes, became his inspiration for the proposed mural.”
Please check back in as we follow the progress of this piece and welcome it to our Wailuku community.
Mahalo nui to MAPA for donating the wall for this ST*BA installation, and to Carolyn Wong, Karen Watanabe, Dave Ward, Nohe U‘u-Hodgins, Brian Ige and Rob Stoner for helping us maneuver highly coveted parking space at the site.
More to come!