Artist, East-3, Paints Four Anti-Meth Murals at Four Public Schools on Four Hawaiian Islands Starting August 14
The time has come to tackle the problem of meth use in Hawaii head on. Meth use among youth in Hawaii has led four principals at four public schools to accept the invitation of East-3 in partnership with the Hawaii Meth Project to paint a public mural on campus in a prominent location with one important message – Not Even Once. East-3 paints new, vibrant murals for the schools, while also inspiring students to not try meth even once through his live painting, leadership, workshops and community building philosophies. The Not Even Once Mural Project (NEOMP) is an innovative project that provides hope for students, educators, administrators and many community members.
The Fall 2014 edition of the Not Even Once Mural Project (NEOMP) begins this Thursday, August 14 in Kauai, where the lead artist, East-3, will be live painting at Kapaa High School in conjunction with a group of local artists, including youth. One of these, 19-year old, Trysen Kaneshige, founder of TKay Designs, has completed murals throughout the state and has received a proclamation for this event from Kauai County Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. Another Kauai youth involved is 19-year old Jason Mederios who has painted several murals in Kauai. Also, 15 year-old Akira Woods and veteran muralist, Timothy Ras Ward from Las Vegas will also be participating in the NEOMP murals in Kauai and Maui.
From Kauai, East-3 will continue to Maui where he will paint at Maui High School (August 21-26) with the continued collaboration of young Hawaii muralists and veterans in contemporary Hawaii muralism. The next stop on the tour is in Kona where a mural will be painted at Kealakehe Elementary School (August 26-September 2). The tour ends on the North Shore of Oahu at Kahuku Elementary and High School (September 2-5). All four murals will remain at each of the four school walls for, at least, 365 days.
Public murals with the greatest impact are created in conjunction and in collaboration with the community where they proudly stand. It is for this reason that artist, East-3. Connects organizations and individuals who are also working towards building healthier schools through comprehensive community-building efforts, like NEOMP. Concern for the health of young people in Hawaii has motivated over thirty local and national businesses to sponsor NEOMP. We are already lining up more public schools in Hawaii for NEOMP 2015. This is the first year of the project.
Mural Tour Dates and Locations:
Kauai – August 14-21 at Kapaa High School
Maui – August 21-26 at Maui High School
Big Island – August 26-September 2 at Kealakehe Elementary School
Oahu – September 2-5 at Kahuku High and Intermediate School
East-3 is a muralist with three decades of public work mural experience. His murals can be found around the world including: SoHo (New York City), Spanish Harlem (New York City), Guam, Oakland (San Francisco), Los Angeles, London, Dubai (UAE), Shibuya (Japan) and Shanghai. In Hawaii, East-3 has completed many public murals on the Big Island, Kauai, Maui and Oahu. For more information, visit East-3.org.
About Hawaii Meth Project
The Hawaii Meth Project is a nonprofit organization that implements large-scale, research-based campaigns and community action programs to reduce methamphetamine use in the state. Central to its integrated campaigns is MethProject.org – a definitive source for information about meth for teens. The Hawaii Meth Project is affiliated with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national nonprofit organization working to help families solve the problem of teen substance abuse. For more information, visit HawaiiMethProject.org.
Short List of Sponsors
Ace Hardware Kauai
Alana Hong Eagle
Aloha Petroleum Ltd.
Dee Dee Woods
Deli & Bread Connection Inc.
Down to Earth
Garden Island Eye Care, Inc.
Hawaii Meth Project
Kauai Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Kauai Community Federal Credit Union
Kauai Exclusive Management Team
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel Marriott
Kauai Marriott Resort
Life Choices Kauai
Mobile Native Hawaiian Health Inc.
Pacific Service & Development Corp.
Papaya foods Jason Villarreal
State Farm Kapa’a
Turtle Bay Resort
Win Star Group
Special thanks to:
Dee Dee Woods – MarketingTrysen Kaneshige – Muralist & Kauai Co-OrganizerJason Mederios – Kauai MuralistAkira Woods – Oahu MuralistTimothy Ward – Las Vegas MuralistGeorge Baxtor and Michael Sato – Kona Youth ActivistsNico Kalinich – Maui NEOMP Team
Ken Nishimura – Co-organizer & Lead MuralistDr. Aránzazu Ascunce – Co-organizer