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Kurokawa Mural

Karla (left) and Kirk Kurokawa work on the early stages of the mural on Tuesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Wailuku artist Kirk Kurokawa paints ohia leaves while creating a mural Thursday on the front of the Wailuku building housing Maui County’s Victim Witness Services and Children’s Peace Center. Working alongside him is wife and assistant, Karla Kurokawa, who took a week off from her job as a physical therapist to help. The building on Wells Street near the intersection with Church Street is the latest to receive a mural as part of the Small Town Big Art program. Kurokawa said the untitled piece featuring a child, ohia seedling and critically endangered kiwikiu, or Maui parrotbill, is intended to convey a message of “hope and nurturing.” Although they have had some weather delays this week, the Kurokawas said they plan to work on the mural through the weekend with hopes of meeting their goal for it to be finished Monday.

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