Enomoto Murals

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Isami Enomoto Labor Murals

When the Bank of Hawaii closed its Kapahulu Branch, it offered to donate the five large ceramic murals created in 1961 by famed Honolulu artist and ceramicist Isami Enomoto to the Center for Labor Education and Research at the University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu in Kapolei.

The five ceramic murals (as shown above) depict scenes of various island workers. Mounted on plywood, they measuring approximately 6 feet tall x 9 feet wide each.

Urgency prevented UHWO from accepting this generous donation in 2015, but thanks to the intervention of Docomomo US - Hawaii (Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement), the priceless murals have been saved and are being carefully preserved and stored until they can be brought to UHWO CLEAR.

Since UHWO CLEAR was unable to afford the $42K+ cost of installation, the Hawaii Chapter of Docomomo graciously agreed to help UHWO bring these treasures to CLEAR for display at its award-winning archive on the second floor of the campus library.

We're there! $42,750 has now been raised. Mahalo nui loa to the following donors:

  • Hawaii State AfL-CIO
  • Operating Engineers, Local 3
  • Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters
  • International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Local 142
  • UNITE HERE, Local 5
  • Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1186
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1260
  • United Public Workers, AFSCME Local 646
  • UA Plumbers, Local 675
  • IUPAT Painters, District Council 50
  • United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 480
  • IU Elevator Constructors, Local 126
  • William & Carol Puette
  • Christopher R. Conybeare
  • Rene-John Nicolas and Maureen Mendoza of Vancouver
  • And the family of artist Isami Enomoto
With this Kōkua, we now look forward to installation of the murals by January 2018.

All donors will be gratefully acknowledged by a memorial plaque to be posted on the wall next to the murals.

Docomomo Hawaiʻi is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and money donated to them for the Enomoto Labor Murals Project will be used exclusively to make this happen with the support of friends and organizations who support Hawaiʻi's unique legacy of Labor History and culture!

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