Art blossoming on mural in Hawaii Library

At Waimanalo library (on Oahu), a 25 foot blank wall will be turning into a colorful and exciting piece of art over the course of the next two weeks.

The design by award-winning Oregon children's illustrator Tara Sullivan will include flora and fauna that have a connection to Waimanalo, as well as dolphins, birds, a hula dancer, and likenesses of famed surfer Duke Kahanamoku and Sullivan's grandson.

The design is Sullivan's, but as she says, lots of people have been pitching in with the execution; "I suckered them all in Tom Sawyer style."

Students from Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School swarmed to the library last week to see Sullivan and volunteer Kevin Philbrook outlining trees, clouds and waves with pens before they start to paint. Excited and curious, the students jockeyed to get a better view.

"We can just sit here all day and watch this," said Alohilani Loretero-Whitney, 10. "I like art." More from the Honolulu Advertiser.

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