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‘Happy’ tone for dark subject

March 4, 2014
The Maui News

First & Second Photos: Honolulu multimedia artist Ken "East-3" Nishimura adds a reef fish Thursday to a Hawaii Meth Project mural he painted at the Boys & Girls Club of Maui's Lahaina Clubhouse at the Lahaina Recreation Center. Nishimura said he met with Lahaina club members to get their input on what they would like to see in the street-art-style mural created with spray paint. Despite the dark subject of the perils of methamphetamine addiction, Nishimura said he wanted to create something for the facility's multipurpose room that will be uplifting for the kids. "I wanted to keep it happy," he said. "We have learned at the Hawaii Meth Project that this style of art resonates with them. I think I can help with the art because it connects with them." Nishimura said his next project will take him to Kealakehe High School on the Big Island. The message "Not Even Once" is a warning to never try the incredibly addictive, highly destructive drug methamphetamine even once.

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