Here's the recap video by Cory Martin of Martin Film Co. of our recent #RevitalizeHilo project on the Big Island. This project has made us realize our full potential to make a positive impact and we are so thankful for everyone who contributed to help us execute our vision!
This fully immersive public art and sustainability activation featured artists - Jet Martinez, Yoskay Yamamoto, Rick Hayward, Emily Devers, Sam Yong, Kai'ili Kaulukukui and Brandy Serikaku; and our visiting filmmaker Cory Martin. Our goal was to connect them with the Big Island culture, environment, and food, and to have them discuss ways they can contribute to these values through their art.
Another overarching aspect of the project was food sustainability, and with the help of the community we fed our artists near to 100% locally sourced Big Island fare, teaching them why eating locally is so important in lowering your carbon footprint. Overall, we wanted to take the next step and encourage action in addition to awareness and positive messaging through our public artworks.
A sincere mahalo to the volunteers and to our friends and partners who made this project possible: Novo Painting (Cole and Lisa Palea), OluKai, K. Taniguchi, Ltd., Hana Hou Hilo, Agasa Furniture Store and Keaukaha One Youth Development.
We'd also like to thank HPM Building Supply, Takamine Construction, Sweet Cane Café, Aloha Mondays, Aiona Car Sales, Two Ladies Kitchen, Moon and Turtle, Big Island Booch, OK Farms, The Locavore Store, Island Naturals, Shark’s Coffee and MaruMaru Hawaii for additional donations. We were able to reach our goals because the community came together.
Mahalo to our team: Regional Director Ashley Kierkiewicz, Operations member Arik May of Aloha Made, Circle of Life Hilo’s Leandra Keuma and local artist Kathleen Kam for the on-site support and keiki volunteers.
Temple Children is a creative platform for the socially and environmentally minded. They encourage collaboration and community revitalization in Big Islands, Big Cities & Beyond. For more, visit templechildren.com and follow @templechildren on Instagram.