Hi everyone! I’m Wendell from Honolulu, Hawaii. I’d like to thank Sean Bonner for setting up the Hawai Metroblogging website. Hawaii is an exceptionally diverse community, and I hope that our blog will provide some insight into what life in the islands is like.

A little about myself: Originally from the island of Kauai, I now live in Liliha on the island of Oahu. I’m 33 and have been blogging for a little over two years. I have a multi-ethnic background (Japanese and Irish) and my hobbies include music, theater, slam poetry and obsessively tweaking the playlists on my iPod. I have a full-time job, but I also volunteer my time at the Contemporary Art Museum in Makiki Heights. For the most part, my contribution to this blog will be a focus on the arts in Hawaii. For my first entry, I’d like to talk about the Barnstormers at the Contemporary Museum!


The Contemporary Museum is a converted historical residence overlooking the city of Honolulu. For the past twelve years, it has served the community as a showcase for contemporary art. Recently, the museum hosted a group of artists known as the Barnstormers. Historically, barns were the first billboards; their large flat walls providing an excellent opportunity for painted advertising. The Barnstormers take inspiration from this concept by traveling the country painting giant-sized murals on the side of buildings. Each mural is an “evolving” piece; the various artists free to paint over any section of the wall as they see fit. In this instance the Barnstormers were invited to paint the walls of the museum’s now-defunct tennis court:



The entire project took two weeks and involved teens from the Parents and Children Together (PACT) program from Kuhio Park Terrace. Watching the mural take shape was an interesting experience, and luckily, a time-lapse video of the event will be available shortly in the museum video gallery.

Camera in hand, I’ll be back to report on the arts, hopefully on a regular basis!

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