New Murals Add Aloha & Color to East Hawai‘i

December 12, 2017, 10:24 AM HST (Updated December 12, 2017, 10:24 AM)

Freshly painted welcoming mural in Honomu on Hawai‘i Island, December 2017.
PC: Crystal Richard. 

Honomu mural adding color and message of aloha in the heart of Honomu, along the Hāmākua Coast on Hawai‘i Island, December 2017. PC: Crystal Richard.

“Mana” is the new mural painted by Temple Children in along Keawe Street in Downtown Hilo, December 2017. PC: Crystal Richard. 

Two new murals popped up in East Hawai‘i in November 2017—one in Honomu and another in the heart of downtown Hilo.

In Honomu, small business owners and community members came together to create a message of aloha which exemplifies the beauty of Honomu.

The mural in downtown Honomu on the Old Māmalahoa Highway was painted by Dan Madsen, Michael Costello and Steph Abair.

Honomu is a quaint, small town on the Hāmākua Coast just under 14 miles outside of Hilo and just under five miles from Akaka Falls State Park.


The newest mural by Temple Children on Keawe Street is now the largest mural in Hilo.

Mana is described as a flowing, calligraphy-style piece that honors Hawai‘i Island’s terrestrial and spiritual elements of earth, fire, and water.

The mural is a collaboration between Los Angeles-based artist Cryptik, and Australian artist and Temple Children co-founder, David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke.


This was Temple Children’s 11th mural in an effort to beautify and revitalize Downtown Hilo.

Temple Children is an arts and sustainability organization that coordinates projects in Hawai‘i to promote social and environmental innovation, build community and stimulate positive change.

A short documentary will be released in late December showcasing projects by Temple Children. A preview can be accessed online.

Crystal Richard
Crystal Richard moved to East Hawai’i in 2005 to attend UH Hilo. While earning her bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate to teach English as a second language, Crystal served as the editor-in-chief of “Hohonu,” UH Hilo’s academic journal, and as assistant editor-in-chief at “KeKalahea,” UH Hilo’s student newspaper. From a young age, Crystal fell in love with the written word and has always dreamed of a career in journalism. She has worked as a Big Island Now freelance reporter since September 2016. She is a wellness and health advocate who enjoys swimming, gardening, reading and spending time with her animals and loved ones.


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