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An offering of hope for survivors

Oahu artist Kamea Hadar paints a portion of Bree Haunani Michie Lau Hee, 6, a focal point of the “Mural of Hope” in Wailuku. MIKE ADRIAN photos

The Maui News

“Mural of Hope,” a four-story painting on the Maui Academy of Performing Arts Building on 2050 Main St. in Wailuku, was completed Friday.

Created within a week by Australian artist David Hooke and Oahu artist Kamea Hadar, the mural features a Maui native, 6-year-old Bree Haunani Michie Lau Hee.

Hope and promise for the future through keiki is the vision of the mural, dedicated to the launch of the nonprofit UVSC (U vs. Cancer / Us vs. Cancer), whose mission is to provide a hopeful future for cancer patients.

The blue hues represent the strength of life in water flowing from Iao Valley with floating protea symbolizing the rising sun of Haleakala and a promise of a new day. The ti leaf plant represents the healing, protection and blessings. The young girl weaves the leaves to illustrate community and support of one another.

Australian artist David Hooke and Oahu artist Kamea Hadar painted in a mural in downtown Wailuku in less than a week. It was completed Friday and blessed Saturday as part of the “Paint & Pupus” fundraiser for the nonprofit UVSC.

The mural was blessed Saturday at the first UVSC fundraiser “Paint & Pupus,” which included celebrity chefs, music and a silent auction. The event raised $70,000. Among the forces behind UVSC is cancer survivor Jamil Newirth. The mural received support from Maui Brewing Co., the Frost Family Foundation and Goodfellow Bros., as well as MAPA and Temple Children.

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