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Hawaii: October 16, 2018

Royal Hawaiian Center giving away murals painted for construction barricades

Royal Hawaiian Center is giving away three murals painted by Hawaii artist Leanna Wolff on barricades used during the demolition and rebuilding of staircases in the building housing the Apple Store, Fendi and Forever 21.

The Waikiki shopping center, which is owned by Kamehameha Schools and managed by the Festival Cos., had commissioned Wolff to paint the murals on barricades erected for a construction project to replace the 40-year-old concrete staircase took place on three floors.

The staircase project was completed last week, Royal Hawaiian Center spokeswoman Sam Shenkus told Pacific Business News. Swinerton Builders was the contractor on that project.

Wolff’s murals depict different aspects of the ocean — the ground-floor mural shows water and sand, while the upper floor paintings depict a wave and a surfboard on top of the water.

Festival Cos. is offering to give the murals to businesses, schools or nonprofit organizations.

“We’re excited to gift Leanna Wolff’s stunning Kala Ocean Murals to Hawaii businesses and organizations,” Nani Hanus, marketing manager at Royal Hawaiian Center, said in a statement. “Leanna’s ocean murals have delighted and inspired Center guests since this spring, and we’re pleased to share her artistic talents with the local community.”

Wolff is currently working on an ocean-theme mural commissioned by Alexander & Baldwin for the lobby of its Lau Hala Shops project in Kailua.

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