WWII-era mural arrive at Pacific Aviation MuseumUPDATED 7:24 AM HST Jul 11, 2013Video Transcript
Artwork offering a trip back in time... Six-wall sized World War two murals are now in Hawaii, and soon you'll be able to see them. KITV4's Brenton Awa shows you the slices of history that have Honolulu historians buzzing... Strapped -- wrapped -- and covered with wood... These world war 2-era murals made their way across 1200 miles of ocean -- leaving Midway Atoll and landing in their new home in Honolulu. They'll eventually hang here at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. The 8 X 12 foot pieces of history were painted by Navy sailor Victor Nels Solander -- seen here on the right -- who was stationed on the Atoll in 1944. His paintings reflect scenes from the war. 1547 "THEY ARE ESSENTIALLY LIFE DRAWINGS OF THINGS HE COULD SEE IN THE BRIGHT PACIFIC SUN AND SO IT'S A VISION INTO A WORLD THAT DOESN'T EXIST ANYMORE." Solander's six works of art were displayed in a World War two theater in Midway for the past 70 years. The paintings are on loan to Hawaii for at least four years. They were re-located from Midway in hopes of preservation. And eventually to be on display for thousands to see. 1844 "THINGS LIKE THIS ARE INVALUABLE, THEY'RE INTANGIBLE, YOU CAN'T REALLY PUT A DOLLAR AMOUNT ON IT. IT'S THE SORT OF THINGS THAT ADDS TO THE UNDERSTANDI NG OF THE WORLD WHICH OUR ANCESTORS LIVED IN." There's still a lot of work to be done before the paintings are put on display. We're told repairs are needed to stop deterioration. The Pacific Aviation Museum also relies on donations and volunteers. If you'd like to help you can call them at 695-2231.