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Mele Murals

As part of HIFF’s Courtyard Cinema, Ward Village and HIFF present a special premiere screening of Mele Murals.

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As part of HIFF's Courtyard Cinema, Ward Village and HIFF present a special premiere screening of MELE MURALS, complete with live painting and a music showcase. Event activities begin at 4:00PM, screening will begin at 7:00PM.

A production of ʻŌiwi TV and from the director of JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS, MELE MURALS chronicles the transformative, community-building power of graffiti and ancestral wisdom as they converge to create a new cultural expression for Native Hawaiians. Former illegal graffiti maestros turned community artists Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) collaborate on a daunting art project with a group of Native Hawaiian youth and the rural community of Waimea.


All advanced tickets have been purchased, There will be a RUSH/STANDBY line for any remaining seats. The line starts 1 hour prior to the screening and the cost is $10 cash at the door if there are seats remaining. These seats are usually located in the front two rows.

mele murals synopsis

MELE MURALS is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancestral wisdom for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two former illegal graffiti writers turned community artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.

Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people. Estria, who left Hawai'i to study art in San Francisco, made a name for himself as an internationally known graffiti artist before returning to reconnect with his Hawaiian roots. Prime, who grew up in the projects and became one of the first kings of the Honolulu graffiti scene, left a life of hustling and drugs after the birth of his first child and returned to the art when he realized it was a way to help youth.

Through the stories of these two graffiti artists and their joint quest to connect to people and place through mural-making, MELE MURALS shows how public art rooted in underground graffiti unexpectedly but powerfully fuses with Native Hawaiian traditions and contemporary life to impact the students, the town of Waimea, and most of all, the artists.

This film is nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary. The first screening of this film will be held at the IBM Building Courtyard as part of HIFF's Courtyard Cinema program in partnership with Ward Village.

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