Students protest partial coverage of a mural at University of Hawaii at ManoaUPDATED 7:48 PM HST Oct 15, 2013Video Transcript
As promised last night... UH Manoa students marched in protest of the painting over of part of a mural on campus. As KITV reported exclusively last night ..... The mural was part of an arts festival.. But it included an additional message organizers of the arts festival says was not pre-approved... 16:51-16;55 free speech now, ke ola mauna kea Dozens of students and supporters marched across the UH manoa campus.... to protest what they say is a violation of freedom of speech... this mural--one of eight created on temporary construction barriers for the Ka Leo Arts Festival. It showed the beauty of Hawaii....... but included a message.... Protesting the University's involvement in the telescopes at Mauna kea. the painting was finished sunday... Monday morning.... supporters found the message painted over. 8:44-8:56 sound full from rally WHAT THEY NEVER TOLD US IN THE ENTIRE APPROVAL PROCESS IS THAT THERE IS A MULTI LAYERS IN PLACE TO ALLOW FOR CENSORSHIP OF ANY POLITICAL OR POTENTIALLY CONTRAVERSI AL MESSAGING The rally--- organized by the pro independence hui Haumana--- spray painted a new messaage over parts of the painted over areas... then marched to the Ka Leo office.... to present a petition ..... 18:477-19;00 INCLUDED I HERE A COPY OF THE ORIGINGAL CALL OUT FOR KA LEO WHICH doesn't TALK ABOUT EVERY LITTLE BIT HAS TO BE APPROVED. THERE WERE THINGS ON THE MURAL THAT WERE NOT IN THE PAPER THAT WERE NOT COVERED UP Board of Publications chair Rebekah Carroll says they were surprised by the rally .... She called it a confusion over what they believe was a very clear cut application process.--- and that while Ka Leo newspaper enjoys freedom of speech--- that doesnt carry over to the Ka Leo arts festival murals. 1:31- 1:41 WHILE IT WAS BEING PAINTED WE DID REQUEST THAT THEY NOT PUT THE WORDS ON IT BECAUSE THEY DID DEVIATE FROM THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK THAT HAD BEEN APPROVED SO WE ASKED THEM TO PAINT OVER IT AND THEY DIDN'T WANT TO...... Rally organizers demanded a public apology by friday -- and that the chalkboard area be restored so the public can comment. If not they say they will be back. Our calls to UH Manoa Administration were not returned.