The Los Angeles premiere of “Mele Murals” was presented on Aug. 5 at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and Visual Communications. The documentary by Tadashi Nakamura (“Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings”) shows the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians, focusing on renowned street artists, a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea. Above left: Nakamura introduces the film. Above right: Singer/songwriter Paula Fuga performed at the screening and during a reception at the James Irvine Japanese Garden.
For more information, visit www.melemurals.com.
Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo