Molokaʻi Nui a Hina Project
The Molokaʻi Nui a Hina Project has brought together local youth and local adult artists under Hawaiian master artists to bring moʻolelo to life through art. We began with a Mural in the classroom at Keawanui Fishpond, depicting stories about Hina, the fishpond, and halihali pōhaku. Later, we worked on an eight paneled mural, each representing the compass points and depicting the stories that occurred on each compass point on Molokaʻi. We also painted a mural wrapping around the classroom at Keawanui.
We believe in using the ʻāina as our classroom. Outdoor learning can be especially helpful to those of the keiki we bring through who have a hard time concentrating in a traditional classroom setting. As we are also focused on ʻāina based education and raising awareness about our land, it seems appropriate that much of our lessons occur in the environment that they are learning about. It is an immersive experience to enhance the lessons and help our keiki gain deeper understandings of the world around them.
The Molokaʻi Nui a Hina Project hosts and teaches art workshops for our community. We have Creative Keawanui keiki art camps during school breaks for our youth to learn art, science, and moʻolelo at day-camps. We also have worshops for different ages. We have done a printmaking workshop as well as painting workshops.
The Molokaʻi Nui a Hina Project has worked to service our community by visiting schools and other locations and organizations in the Hawaiʻi community. We have worked to help in Ka Molokaʻi Makahiki, visiting schools and teaching them about the moʻolelo about Makahiki and how to play the games. We have also gone to neighboring islands to teach workshops there.