Whether you’re stopping in Wailuku Town or just driving past, you’re sure to catch the bright mural on the corner of Main and Market Street. The process behind this community project is unique and a great Wailuku story full of inspiration and memories.
Wailuku was fortunate enough to partner with the Hui No‘eau’s 2012 Artist in Residence Program: the Maui Mural Arts Project. For a 3-week period, muralist Eric Okdeh from the internationally acclaimed City of Philadelphia Arts Program worked with the Maui population to create a large-scale work of public art. During this time, he met with community members, chatted with new friends and envisioned the piece that would reflect, inspire and represent our community. Once he created the vision for the wall, he led free paint days, panel discussions and involved the Maui community in every step of the way. The resulting piece in the heart of Wailuku is astounding and serves as a bright welcome into the small town. A collaboration with Maui County Redevelopment Agency’s reWailuku initiative led by the County’s Planning Department & Sae Design, Eric’s design is a visual translation of conversations with the people of Wailuku: business owners, grandparents, children, activists and more.