Kaua'i Mural Arts Festival
Lihue - Oct. 18th-24th, 2020
Nirmana – comes from a Sanskrit word that means creation/transformation.
Pronounced – near-MĀNĀ
With your help and participation, one week was dedicated to the collaboration of Kaua’i artists adorning local walls with murals. From October 18th-24th (2020), 5 teams of resident artists were assigned to 5 different walls along Ewalu and Rice Streets. During that week artists worked together to create murals and give "live-feed" interviews and talks. Out of respect for the current pandemic, we did not host any gatherings or after parties. We have documented the mural making process and posted videos throughout the week and after the event.
This event not only helps bring life to Lihue, it highlights the creative talent, businesses and colorful nature of Kaua’i, while giving locals and visitors something unique to look forward to.
This inaugural year is most unique as a collaborative mural event where multigenerational artists worked together for the first time to help revitalize the Rice Street area. As an annual event, the walls can be updated yearly, to keep fresh and exciting. With growth, more walls, teams and communities can be added. As the event expands, it will include all types of artists, musicians, chefs, moviemakers, fashion and designers… etc… all things creative Kaua’i.
During the Event
Live Mural Painting
Come anytime during the week and catch the artists in action.
Watch as 15 artists create 5 collaborative murals before your eyes. It’s never been more fun to watch paint dry! Please be mindful of social distancing, and remember the artists are working, but if you get a chance to stop by, check out the progress, and give them some encouragement too!
Artist Talks and Print Signing
Hear it from the source!
Leading up to, and during the week of painting, we will be checking in with the artists through live video feeds. Be sure to check out our social media and tune in!
All are invited!
Join the artists in celebrating the completion of their collaborative murals. We will have a street party with food trucks,
live music and give-a-ways!...
At least, that was the plan... with respect to the current pandemic, sadly we will not be hosting these celebratory events.
However! We really want to encourage you to drive by, stop and say hello to these awesome artists while they are working. Take photos and videos and please share the wonderful work they are creating for our community.
Don't forget to check out our social media and tune into our live video feeds for some fun and give-a-ways!
2020 Mural Artists
This year's 15 featured mural artist's have been chosen!
There was an open call to Kaua'i resident artists to take in a presentation on February 17th, at the Kaua'i Community College, Fine Arts Auditorium.
46 artists were given a NirMānāFest packet with instructions on submitting a mural design. Their designs were reviewed by a respected panel and narrowed down to 15 participants. Those 15 participants formed 5 teams of 3. Each of these teams collaborated on a final design for their designated walls.
A BIG SPECIAL THANK YOU to our proposal review panel...
Elsa Almaraz, Carol Bennett, Addison Bulosan, Vanessa Owens, Carol Yotsuda, and Terry Liu.
HERE ARE 2020's 15 FEATURED ARTISTS!...
*A bio and link to each artist are found below.*
Video Introduction of the Artists to their Designated Walls
15 Resident Kaua'i Artists in Teams of 3
Our Generous Sponsors
The National Endowment for the Arts supports exemplary arts projects in communities nationwide through grantmaking, initiatives, partnerships, and events.
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance is a statewide private non-profit that champions all arts. The Alliance has been an ARTS FIRST partner since its inception in 2001, and is the State Captain for the national arts advocacy organization, Americans for the Arts. We represent more than 100 organizations and 3,000 individuals.
The Garden Island Arts Council (GIAC) is a non-profit organization comprised of an all-volunteer board of directors who provide a year-round program of art, cultural activities & events for the benefit of residents of & visitors to Kauai.
Generous contributor of 5 lifts for our artist teams! Electricians, Inc. is a local commercial electrical contractor that is 100% employee-owned. They have been in business since 1974 with experience in interior electrical work in the residential, commercial, and government sectors.
Generous supplier of our event paints and sundries. Their company's guiding values include Integrity, Quality, Performance, Innovation, and Growth. They pride Themselves on the strong relationships we have with their suppliers. It is thanks to these associations they are able to continue being a leading paint and coatings company for over 150 years.
Defeating “can’t” / “no can” daily with an apparel brand about life.
In a world where “CAN’T” often dominates the spotlight in our minds, “CAN” is the counter thought we have to consciously choose to focus on in order to persevere.
An energetic couple that followed their passions and started a Specialty Coffee & Food Truck on the gorgeous island of Kauai! Everyday should be amazing in paradise, and they hope to bring that to your experience with a delicious cup of coffee, tasty breakfast, a smile, and great conversation!
Kauai Hemp Company is a hemp farming & services company local to Kauai, HI. We also offer solutions to other hemp farmers to use parts of the hemp plant beyond the flower and leaves. We have proprietary formulas such as a nitrogen-rich fertilizer made from the hemp roots, plastics made with the hemp skins, and hempcrete made from the interior stalks. Our goal is to create:
Hawaii’s most sustainable and efficient vertically integrated hemp farm.
Hawaii’s first OTCO/USDA certified Organic Hemp Farm.
Hawaii’s first and only organic ethanol extraction center.
Offering Kauai surf and outdoor lifestyle apparel, accessories, gifts, gear, and products from the hottest surf brands like Billabong, Volcom, O’Neill, Hurley, RVCA, Vissla, Spirit of CAN and more, plus specialty Kauai Made items.
Deja Vu Surf Hawaii is located in Kukui Grove Center in Lihue, on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa and in The Shops at Kukui`ula in Poipu.
Celebrating more than 100 years in business, Deja Vu cares for our island community and is dedicated to youth and education through philanthropy, volunteerism, and extracurricular activities. Surf with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Generous donors of 10 safety harnesses, lanyards and carabiners.
After 32 years in business, Julie and Rick Haviland have simplified and downsized, leaving our long-time Poipu location behind, and consolidating adventure operations under one roof on Kipu Ranch.
Non-Profit spearhead for NirMānāFest, helping build up the Rice Street business community.