Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services Staff and Peer Leaders partnered with Hawaii Commercial & Sugar Co. to share a message of alternatives from the use of drugs and alcohol.
This wall at the Paia sugar mill was selected because it was constantly vandalized and was plagued by weeds, shrubs beer bottles and trash.
"Our hopes were that if we used the youth to paint a mural of positive activities and a positive message than it would prevent future vandalism attempts and promote positive healthy activities while reminding the community about the history of Paia and of Maui," said Program Specialist Cassi Yamashita. "When requesting permission to paint the wall, HC&S said they were excited by this opportunity and offered to pay for all the supplies needed, but they needed permission from the county."
After speaking with Jan Shishido, Deputy Director of the County Dept. of Housing and Human Concerns, permission was granted and the project became a reality.
The pictures of activities that were selected for the mural are cultural or island activities that most locals can relate to.
"Through this mural we hope to gain a stronger sense of local pride from the community," said Yamashita.
MEO Youth Services is funded through the County of Maui Dept. of Housing and the State of Hawaii Dept. of Health Alcohol & Abuse Division. For more information call Youth Services Director Rose Duey at 249-2990.