UH paints over students' protest muralUPDATED 10:28 PM HST Oct 14, 2013Video Transcript
The battle lines have been drawn at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Then painted over. A mural expected to promote art, instead inspires a protest after a cover-up is discovered on campus. KITV 4's Paul Drewes has this KITV4 exclusive story. show pictures Walls of art went up this weekend on the University of Hawaii campus. A number of murals were created on temporary construction barriers for the upcoming Ka Leo Arts Festival. show flower mural Along with showing the beauty of the islands, one mural also came with a message. 6:23-6:42 "this weekend we were painting a mural that UH should not participate in the desecration of the most beautiful most sacred space mauna a wakea" Before it was done, they were told to take part of it down because they painted more than just a mural. show pictures of stance 8:21-8:37 "we also wrote our stance which says UH cannot be a place of learning while participating in the desecration of mauna a wakea" After refusing to remove the text, students discovered this morning their words had been painted over. 14:45 "I felt like an act of vandalism had occurred" A source at the university told KITV, the mural's design had been approved, but in it there was no mention of the group's stance against telescope development on Mauna Kea. We're told the murals were supposed to be about art, not protest platforms. 10:45 "Art provides that space where people can talk about issues and bring them to the forefront" Students are now talking about not only this issue but also free speech for students. ilima@17:36-17:50 "really questioning what the university culture is here, one that encourages dialoge over controversial issues - some that may even have to do with the university" samantha @28:54-29:01 "i'm a huge advocate for free speech and I feel silencing students in anyway is not good" The university source told us the school has other venues for free speech, just not the murals. Some students agreed it is ok for the university to censor if students aren't following the rules. mike@30:24-30:30 "it's the university property, so i think they have the right to do that too. unless its designated for students and say for that purpose" Both sides agree this coverup on campus will probably draw even more attention to the issue of development on Mauna Kea. In fact, we're told students are organizing a protest for tomorrow morning -- they will come armed with chalk so they can write their message all around campus. Yunji.