Once upon a time this small, town named Kailua Kona on the west side the Big Island of Hawai'i was a happy, peaceful, friendly little town for tourists and locals.
So, the new Kona rules, if it's ugly and not Aloha (in their narrow minded greedy minds), then let's distroy it! I heard once that Hawai'i dosen't need another turtle painting or mural... Today, most of Kona's residents, are real estate agents, condo and business owners, money hungry profit mongers, and greedy rich people who now export their California lifestyle mentality here and start distroying art on streets of Kona and yet leave in their wake a slew of illegal business signage like garden slugs in the morning dew. Art bad-advertising good!
First it started recently with the artist Subi. Subi Roberto is an extraordinary artist and an enlightened person who meant no harm for Kona town and their residents. Yeah, she had a different view of life but nothing is wrong with that unless you happen to be channeling the repressive spirit of a overzealous missonary who must destroy a way of life in order to save a soul in the afterlife. Subi says her art is rewarding for her and makes her who she is.
Saturday afternoon, cars were stopping; people were taking photos of the wall and sitting and looking at Subi’s “Lightwalking in Hawaii”wall. The message she wrote next to it says;
"We got rid of it. Next time stay on the mainland.
When you lean to paint something aloha and not dark and disturbing come back. How dare you. You didn't even have permission. They call that grafitti." -Leonora Prince, CCIM (Which is an industry title one can get by buying the online course and receiving a pat on the back from the cyber headmaster or some such winky-dink bullshit.) By the way, check out her site in the about her section and see how she loves to name drop California over and over again. I bet she thinks of Kona as "Little Cali".
Subi’s Art Wall in Kona Gets Notice
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"I just can't believe the town of Kona did it AGAIN!!!! Erasing good art for NO REASON!!! David Choe did an absolutely GORGEOUS piece and it got erased a mere 72 hours after it was painted!!!Wtf!!???"
"I'm so furious I can't even see strait right now.
ANOTHER MURAL HAS BEEN DESTROYED IN KONA!!
This time by world renowned artist David Choe.
This has got to stop. Enough is enough"!
"Here is part of the mural that was recently created and buffed out in Kona. The artist David Choe had permission, but due to some very nasty complaints about it being "too dark and disturbing for kona" (sound familiar?) the building manager decided to get rid of it. What a complete coward. I will let him know this in person tomorrow. I know you mist hate Kona by now but this is NOT Kona! I cannot believe that Kona is a place of artistic repression and not expression but if that is the case something must be done. These stuck up assholes need to know that our art will survive their bitching. I'm so livid that I can't sleep this is the same thing that happened to me when your painting was destroyed Subi. Please contact David ASAP"!
"Protest the censorship of art in Kona Town today 2-5pm, Palani and Kuakini in front of the Harley dealership, the site of the most recent mural destruction. Please spread the word ASAP. Don't forget to bring a sign. Let's put a stop to this hewa"!
"Protest the artistic repression of Kona today thursday July 12 all day if you like I will be down there from 2-5 at the bottom of Palani and Kuakini. I'm pretty shy so please come help me out and dont forget to bring a sign. mahalo"!
|From this... to an empty wall, just in 72 hours...|
~Song Lyrics by Rich Lerner
More than a few just lose control all in the name of greed
I've seen great leaders rise and fall all in the name of greed
I've seen death make a midnight call all in the name of greed
I've seen love commercialized
I've seen salvation advertised
All in the name of greed
All in the name of greed
Innocent men doing time all in the name of greed
I've seen countries overthrown all in the name of greed
Seen streets turn into battle zones all in the name of greed
I've seen rock and roll commercialized
I've seen poison advertised
Al l in the name of greed
I've seen the young neglect the old all in the name of greed
I've seen families torn apart all in the name of greed
I've seen my share of broken hearts all in the name of greed