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New mural in Wailuku completed

Eric Okdeh’s new mural, the latest installment of the Small Town Big Art program, was completed and celebrated last week. SEAN HOWER photo

Small Town Big Art artist Eric Okdeh has completed Wailuku town’s latest large-scale mural, which was celebrated last week.

In just 15 days of painting, Okdeh finished the mural, which is on the mauka side of the Main Street Promenade. The mural includes “visions of past and present Wailuku arts memories and influences,” such as the St. Anthony Boys’ School Band of the 1950s; Aunty Emma Sharpe, who taught hula classes in Wailuku; and Hawaiian music icon Willie K.

Okdeh is a Philadelphia-based muralist and has been creating public art since 1998. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.

A collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Maui County, and Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House/Maui Historical Society, Small Town Big Art is a creative place-making program with a mission to develop Wailuku as a public arts district that is focused on its distinctive sense of place, history and culture, the news release said.

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