This summer, I painted my first mural at Ibach Park in Tualatin! This project was a collaboration between the City of Tualatin and the Tualatin Riverkeepers to raise awareness about stormdrains and their direct connection to river health.
It reads, “Ho’okahe I Ka Muliwai O Tualatin,” which means “Drains to Tualatin River,” in ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i. I chose to depict Upper River Steelhead and Western Pond Turtles swimming in a sea of patterns, referencing threatened species in the watershed and my background as a ‘ohe kāpala/pattern maker. The cedar represents the water cycle on land, and the rainbow cresting into the drain represents the fluid link between our skies and waterways.
I had a lot of fun with this project and hope it continues to spread awareness about the importance of river health. Plus, it’s always a privilege to represent Kānaka Maoli!
Check out the new mural at Ibach Park in Tualatin — find it near the baseball field and the roundabout :)