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Mele Murals is a story that navigates the complexities of Native Hawaiian cultural identity through urban street art.
287 backers pledged $35,563 to help bring this project to life.

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Welina mai kākou! 

Thank you for visiting the Kickstarter campaign for our latest film Mele Murals. We are on the final stretch with this film and are reaching out for your support to help us finish and share with the world an intimate story created from within the Native Hawaiian community that highlights our spiritual connection to our ʻāina (environment), our resilience against the pressures of westernization and colonization, and most importantly our kuleana (responsibility/accountability) to ourselves, our family, and our community. 

The magic of Mele Murals, the film and the art project, is that it brings people together through art to explore who they are and where they come from. We knew as we were making this film that it would provide more than just a run-of-the-mill film screening, but would allow us to create an opportunity where the audience can interact with art and community in a very unique way. It was for that reason that we decided to take a chance and premiere an unfinished film at CAAMfest 2016, which took place at the Oakland Museum of California’s “Off the Grid” event to test what the experience potential could be for our film. Our gamble paid off, and we witnessed the synergy created between the film and the live art and music atmosphere. We cannot wait to replicate this for other communities, especially in Hawai’i.

World Premiere in Oakland:

Why are we on Kickstarter?

It sounds like the film is done, right? Well, in one sense it is. We finished all of the filming and have a cut that we are proud to share. But it needs all of the final touches of post-production work in order for it to be the best film it can be. We also need to secure the legal image and music rights required for public television broadcast. 

The funds raised in this Kickstarter campaign will be used for, among other things: 

  • Final Editing 
  • Color Correction 
  • Audio Engineering 
  • Music & Image Licensing 
  • Community Screenings

We have some great pledge rewards including these signed limited edition prints by Prime and Estria (frames not included).

About the Film 

Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancestral wisdom for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two former illegal graffiti writers turned community artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.

Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people. Estria, who left Hawai'i to study art in San Francisco, made a name for himself as an internationally known graffiti artist before returning to reconnect with his Hawaiian roots. Prime, who grew up in the projects and became one of the first kings of the Honolulu graffiti scene, left a life of hustling after the birth of his first child and returned to the art when he realized it was a way to help youth.

Through the stories of these two graffiti artists and their joint quest to connect to people and place through mural-making, Mele Murals shows how public art rooted in underground graffiti unexpectedly but powerfully fuses with Native Hawaiian traditions and contemporary life to impact the students, the town of Waimea, and most of all the artists.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges to completing a film project. We intentionally waited to launch this Kickstarter campaign during the final phase of the filmmaking process to minimize these risks. The film is nearly finished, and we are merely seeking the remaining funds to get us to the finish line so that we can share it with as many people as possible on public television, film festivals, and community screenings.

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    MAHALO!

    Feel the joy of knowing that you helped to bring this story to the masses.

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    In addition to the gratification you will feel in your heart for supporting this film, you will also receive a digital download of the film and your name listed as a backer on our website.

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    Your generosity will be rewarded with an official signed DVD copy of Mele Murals, and your name will be listed as a backer on our website.

    *DVDs will be shipped immediately following the public television premiere of the film.

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    Welcome to the party! Join us with your plus-1 invite to an exclusive backers-only early screening in Honolulu*, a signed DVD copy of Mele Murals**, and your name listed as a backer on our website.

    * Travel to the venue is your responsibility!

    ** DVDs will be shipped immediately following the public television premiere of the film.

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    Pick a place to hang your new art! You will receive a signed 16"x20" limited edition print by Estria or Prime for your support!

    You will also receive a plus-1 invite to an exclusive backers-only early screening in Honolulu*, two signed DVD copie of Mele Murals**, and your name listed as a backer on our website.

    * Travel to the venue is your responsibility!

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    For your generous support, you will become the owner of a one-of-a-kind 12"x16" canvas by Estria or Prime.

    You will also receive a plus-1 invite to an exclusive backers-only early screening in Honolulu*, two signed DVD copies of Mele Murals**, and your name listed as a backer on our website.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    WHOA!!!

    Find a place on a wall for a one-of-a-kind 18"x24" canvas by Estria or Prime and look for your name in the "Mahalo" section of the credits!

    You will also receive a plus-1 invite to an exclusive backers-only early screening in Honolulu* and two signed DVD copie of Mele Murals.**

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    Pledge US$ 1,500 or more About US$ 1,500

    Get your own Lanikai ukulele signed by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro! There is only one available so get it before it's gone!

    You will also receive a plus-1 invite to an exclusive backers-only early screening in Honolulu* and two signed DVD copies of Mele Murals.**

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    Pledge US$ 5,000 or more About US$ 5,000

    Pledge $5000 and receive a Funder Credit for Mele Murals (if you want)!

    We will also come to your place for a private screening of Mele Murals! We never show up to a party empty-handed so we'll bring some of our favorite food but you will have to provide the venue and our transportation if you live outside of O'ahu.

    You will also get a one-of-a-kind 18"x24" canvas by Estria or Prime and two signed DVD copies of Mele Murals.**

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    Pledge US$ 10,000 About US$ 10,000

    Want to get the full experience??

    You and 10 of your friends will paint with the Mele Murals artists and they will guide you through the process of connecting, meditating, sketching, and painting your own mural!*

    You will also receive two signed DVD copies of Mele Murals.*

    *All the paint and materials will be provided. Location of the activity will be in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The artists are open to traveling to your location only at your expense.

    ** DVDs will be shipped immediately following the public television premiere of the film.

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Funding period

- (30 days)