This is one of six public art
murals that Michelle Obregon has designed and
produced on the Big Island of Hawaii. Michelle
is the Graphic Arts and Video Instructor at
the Konawaeana High School in Kealakekua, Hawaii.
All the painting was carried out by Obregon's
students and other members of the local art
community. "Honu" is the Hawaiian
green sea turtle, a much beloved native animal.
The mural is located at the Hale Halawaii Cultural
Center in Kailua Kona.
BIRDS OF PARADISE
by Master Painter Michelle Obregon and Konawaeana
High School Muralists
Completed in Winter, 2003
Thurman of Tempe, Arizona
This mural is also located at
the Hale Halawaii Cultural Center and features
the endangered Nene and Hawaiian crows. Michelle
Obregon's art classes are working on two art
projects in 2008. The first exhibit is part
of the "American Art Parade" which
started in Chicago in 1999 with the famous "Cows
on Parade." This year the collection is
called "It's a Honu World" and features
depictions of green sea turtles on display all
over the big island. Obregon's
entry is online here.
(More examples of this tradition can be found
on RTA here: Cowboy
Boots in Wyoming & Bulldogs
Obregon's class is also working
a new mural at Konawaeana High School which
should be completed at the end of summer. More
information about the artist is online here.
Hale Halawaii Cultural Center
75-5760 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740