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Youth invited to submit artwork for state’s anniversary mural


As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood, a giant mosaic mural featuring thousands of pieces of artwork by students nationwide will be created as a lasting tribute to our state. 

Artwork created by Hawaii students will form the basis of the unique, one-of-a-kind design.  

The 50th Anniversary of Hawaii Statehood Commission has partnered with Project S.N.A.P., a national organization dedicated to helping students develop the skills and insights necessary to become socially responsible leaders and engaged citizens, to create a commemorative mural honoring Hawaii’s past, present and future.  

The mosaic mural will be made up of artwork by public, private and charter school students in grades K-12 from Hawaii and across the nation depicting what the 50th state means to them. 

The images should focus on the theme: “Commemorating 50 Years of Statehood: What I Love About Hawaii”.  

The original artwork will become part of the large 8-foot by 20-foot commemorative mosaic mural, which will be displayed in August at the Honolulu International Airport.  

“This is a unique opportunity for students of all ages to create a piece of art that depicts who we are as a state,” said Kippen de Alba Chu, chairman of the Hawaii 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission.  

“The mosaic mural will be a gift to future generations of Hawaii residents to commemorate the progress we have made since statehood and to look with hope and optimism on how we can make the next 50 years even brighter,” said Tammy Kubo, the commission’s vice-chairwoman for education.  

Artwork may be submitted online or by mail by June 30. For guidelines and information on how to submit artwork, visit  

Project S.N.A.P., founded by Deborah Rubyan, was created to give students and their families the opportunity to become 21st Century Green Leaders and speak out on issues that matter to them using art with a message. S.N.A.P. stands for Share, Nurture, Act and Preserve.  

Similar mosaic murals have been created by Project S.N.A.P. Art Director Roy Feinson for special celebrations including Disneyland’s 50th anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of the Grammy Awards. 

Project S.N.A.P. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 

The 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission has planned a comprehensive year-long series of events and programs, with a special focus on education, to honor the 50th anniversary of Hawai‘i’s admission to the United States.   

Since August 2008, the Commission has been airing the 50 Voices of Statehood series of radio and television vignettes featuring personal perspectives on statehood and Hawaii’s history from 50 residents representing the state’s diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, political, social and economic backgrounds.

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