Kahuku, HI – On Tuesday, April 13th Artist Hilton Alves will begin work on a massive 3-story mural at Kahuku High School. The mural is Alves’ 9th in an O`ahu school and will be completed in time to commemorate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary on April, 22nd and Kahuku High School’s Make a Difference Day on April. 17th. Alves plans on completing the mural, weather permitting, by Saturday, April 17th while volunteers, students and community members will be participating in the school’s Make a Difference Day activities.
The 36 x 60 foot mural will feature the power of the ocean through a lively depiction of dolphins racing on a big wave typical of famous north shore surf spots. The mural is part of Alves’ Surf Art Kids Project designed to expose children and youth to environmental awareness and foster in them a respect and love for the ocean through art. “ I want to inspire all who see the mural to appreciate the special ocean environment the Hawai`i has and to think about ways we can help to protect and preserve it…” Alves says. In describing his inspiration for the mural Alves states, “the big wave represents the power of nature and the dolphins represent the life and happiness of ocean creatures.” The mural is poised to spread this message to many as it will face Kahuku High Schools famed football field and the Kahuku District Park.
Ricardo Taveira, PADI Master Scuba Dive Trainer and Underwater Videographer, will partner with Alves to help educate the students and community about ways we can all protect our ocean. Originally from Brazil, Taveira has worked and lived in places like Japan, Canada, and the Philippines and has called the north shore of O`ahu home since 2005. Taveira will be on hand during the creation of the mural to document Alves’ work for a future documentary and to talk with visitors. Everyone is invited to be a part of this momentous event by visiting Kahuku High School to experience the live art and by seeing updates on the Surf Art Kids blog at www.surfartkids.theartofhilton.com.