Kaua'i Mural Arts Festival
Lihue - Oct. 17th-24th, 2021
Nirmana – comes from a Sanskrit word that means creation/transformation.
Pronounced – near-MĀNĀ
With your help and support from the County of Kauai and the Garden Island Arts Council, one week is dedicated to the collaboration of Kaua’i artists adorning local walls with murals. From October 17th-24th (2021), teams of resident artists will be assigned to different walls in Lihue, Kapaa, and Hanapepe. During that week artists will work together in teams of 3, to create murals and give "live-feed" interviews and talks.
With respect for the current pandemic, we are only tentatively planning to host gatherings and after parties for 2021. We will be updating our social media during the year, as well as documenting the mural making process and posting videos throughout and after the week of 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 mural festival is most unique as a collaborative mural event where multigenerational artists work together to help revitalize Kaua'i areas. As an annual event, the walls can be updated yearly, to keep fresh and exciting. With growth, more walls, teams and communities will be added. As the event continues to expand, 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 artist teams create 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. If you do get a chance to stop by to check out the progress, be sure to give some encouragement, take some photos/videos, and tag the artists in your own social media post! We love to share what you share!
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's the plan... with respect to the current pandemic, we will take very careful considerations with hosting these celebratory events. Check back in for updates as the event gets closer.
2020's Featured Artists
There was an open call to Kaua'i resident artists to take in a presentation on February 17th, 2020, 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.
2020's 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.
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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.