Hilo artist’s murals bring warmth to state Capitol

(Photo courtesy Hawaii Senate Majority)


Beautiful murals depicting different aspects of the Hawaiian culture have brought warmth and life to the walls of a hallway leading to the Senate President’s Office on the fourth floor. The white walls were bare before the artworks were mounted.

The original murals, located at the Honolulu International Airport, caught Senate President Donna Mercado Kim’s attention while she was awaiting her departure from Honolulu.

With the help of the Department of Transportation and Department of Accounting and General Services, replicas of the paintings were made and brought to the State Capitol’s fourth floor.

This is a shining example of how Hawaii’s art can be displayed at facilities with empty walls throughout the state, a concept that the Hawaii State Foundation on the Culture and the Arts should adopt,” said Senate President Donna Mercado Kim.

The artist behind the murals is Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides, a fourth generation Japanese American and a Hilo, Hawaii-based painter. Kosmides’ work resides in numerous collections and has been exhibited nationally in galleries in California and Hawaii, as well as internationally in Japan.

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