On Sunday May 20th, 2018 we held a ceremony at Kaneohe Elementary for the unveiling of our mural of the late Daniel Akaka. Daniel Akaka was the first person of Native Hawaiian descent to serve in the US Senate. Not only did Daniel Akaka serve in the US senate, US House of Representatives, and in World War II, he was also the principal at Kaneohe Elementary from 1965-1968. He represented education and community; values we have always embraced at Playground Art Crew.
As the late Anthony Burgess once said:
“It's always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you're going.”
In this spirit, we painted the mural of Daniel Akaka to celebrate our past and inspire our future. This mural serves as a lasting reminder to future generations of the pioneers who paved the way.
Special thanks to Pena People for collaborating with us to paint the mural, Kaneohe Elementary, Principal Derek Minakami, Miyuki Sekimitsu, and HiFeast for giving us the opportunity to realize our vision, and Travis Ota and Jordan Sakumoto for creating this amazing video documenting the mural ceremony.
KITV News coverage of the mural ceremony:
KHON News coverage of the mural ceremony:
More news articles covering the ceremony:
- KHON: Former U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka honored with mural
- Hawaii News Now: Kaneohe Elementary School unveils mural in honor of late Sen. Akaka
- KITV: The Lasting impact of Daniel Akaka
- Hawaii News Now Sunrise: Mural Honors Akaka's Legacy
- HIDOE Release: Kane'ohe Elementary hosts mural unveiling in honor of Senator Daniel K. Akaka