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Please join us just outside of 2121 Main Street, Wailuku on Friday, March 11 at 4 PM to meet SMALL TOWN * BIG ART artist Cory Kamehanaokalā Holt Taum - and - to take part in a mural blessing led by Uncle William "Bill" Garcia of the Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House Museum/ Maui Historical Society ʻohana.

As part of an artistic collaboration with Adaptations Dance Theater (ADT), Cory's mural unveiling helps to commemorate three years of collaborative storytelling programming amongst a group of extraordinary individuals. From a March 2019 proposal by Kumu Leilehua Yuen that yielded, amongst other rich outcomes, a hui of intergenerational story collectors all the way through community consultations in recent weeks with Stephanie Ohigashi, Sissy Lake-Farm, Wallette Pellegrino, Sandy Kozaki, Ernest DeLima and Marsha Yamada, both Cory's and ADT's final pieces were inspired by a recorded conversation between Clifford Naeʻole, Cultural Advisor at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Hōkūao Pellegrino, Sustainability & ʻĀina-Based Learning Designer & Facilitator of Kamehameha Schools, (listen to the excerpt below).
A contemporary dance performance will take place at the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary Building Hoapili Hale courtyard immediately following the 4 PM blessing of Taum's mural piece. Attendees that have RSVP'ed for the performance are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, or, to be prepared to stand for the 20-minute duration of the piece. Details may be found at
MAHALO: Clifford Naeole + Hōkūao Pellegrino; StoryCorps DIY; Akakū Maui Community Media; Kumu Leilehua Yuen; Stephanie Ohigashi, International and Regional Partnerships Coordinator for the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College; Sandy Kozaki, Ernest DeLima, and Marsha Yamada of the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary; Aunty Wallette Pellegrino; and the 164 individuals who responded to our eNewsletter!
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Please visit the project web page at for artist bios, community consultant recordings, process imagery by Sean Hower, links to sample work and more. Pictured: Sarah Bauer, Hallie Hunt, Cory Taum, Ali Pineo. 
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Developed through a 2018 Our Town grant by the ​National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), SMALL TOWN * BIG ART is a creative placemaking collaboration of County of Maui + Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society + Maui Public Art Corps that aims to develop a public arts district that is focused on the distinctive sense of place, history and culture of Wailuku, Hawaiʻi. 

Engaging the public in both the process and the product, ongoing art installations such as plays, murals, sculptures, storytelling events and more are created with community input that align with ‘ōlelo from Mary Kawena Pukui's ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Political Sayings. Each artwork is spearheaded by professional artists that have submitted project applications exhibiting exceptional quality, style, experience in creating communal or public art and significance to place. Through many hands and many voices, these creative interpretations represent a revitalized identity for this small town with the BIGGEST heart. Learn more.
Past ST*BA Art

Wailuku Dance Crawl by Adaptations Dance Theater
 StoryCorps DIY with our Talk Story consortium
Storytelling with Leilehua Yuen
​E ala! E alu! E kuilima! by Lori Hepner
Mana Wahine by Bailey Onaga, Courtney Chargin, Amanda Joy Bowers, Alex Underwood
Makai to Mauka by Jaclynn Sabado-Eitel
Hoʻomau by Kirk Kurokawa
The Legacy Series by Avi Molinas
ʻAlalā Renaissance by Michael Takemoto
​Ma kāhi o ka hana he ola malaila by Eric Okdeh 
Birds of a Feather by MAPA 
Chinese Take Out Super Size by Sean Baba
​Hīnaʻi by Jessica Bodner
Pō Meke‘au by E.H.A.
Día de los Muertos by Jackie Goring and Tamara Li
Eli by Emmanuel Jarus
lost & found by Andy Behrle
Mauka to Makai by PangeaSeed, featuring Lauren Brevner | Joey Rose & Alex Underwood | Gregg Kaplan | Kai Kaulukukui | Dulk | Cory Kamehanaokalā Taum | E.H.A | Mary Iverson | Wooden Wave | Techs


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