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Author

Kai Kaulukukui

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subject

Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Artwork
  • Article
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - West, Oceania, Hawai'i

"A Hui Hou"

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Synopsis
  • This environmental mural by Hawai'ian artist Kai Kaulukukui depicts a green sea turtle tangled in fishing lines and plastic, while a child swims beside attempting to help it.
  • The mural brings attention to the massive worldwide problem of plastic waste and how ocean currents connect all regions of the Earth, while also conveying hope for the power of positive change.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The artist's statement helps shed light on the deeper symbolism of the images within the mural including the red sun representing Japan, the full moon, and the subdued color palette.
  • Students may enjoy seeing photographs of the artist creating this mural in the gallery.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may help students to use the interactive map to see where Hawaii is located, as they explore the interconnectedness of the oceans and how worldwide plastic usage impacts this island.
  • Teachers should ensure that students have an understanding of the Hawai'ian vocabulary used in the artist's statement, such as keiki and hona.

Differentiation

  • After viewing the artwork, have students watch this video outlining the environmental injustice of the global plastic recycling system and then work to make determinations about the best methods for addressing plastic usage problems across the world.
  • Students could research local recycling programs to see what can actually be recycled in their own communities and make signage to help people recycle better.
  • Students can work in groups to compare "A Hui Hou" with The Popo's mural in Bali addressing plastic culture and analyze the artistic methods each artist chose to address this issue.
  • In art classes, students could create their own work exploring ways that people can take action for the environment, including ways to avoid lifestyle choices with a high carbon impact.
Scientist Notes
The art piece displays how plastic pollution, garbage, and waste are disposed of indiscriminately into water bodies. There is a need to keep our environment and marine habitat pollution-free. The resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceiving and analyzing products.
      • 1.5.8.Re7a: Explain how a person's aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment, and how they impact the way in which visual messages are perceived and conveyed.
      • 1.5.8.Re7b: Compare and contrast cultural and social contexts of visual arts and how they influence ideas and emotions.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpreting intent and meaning.
      • 1.5.8.Re8a: Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, art making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
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