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kalama

My most beloved beach on O‘ahu’s Windward side—Kalama Beach Park in Kailua—is the place that sparked this print. While much of Kailua’s beachfront is increasingly dominated by plush private estates, beach access—like everywhere in Hawai‘i—remains stalwartly public. Built to ensure privacy for residents, the walls that line the access paths have been the site of an ongoing creative conflict of sorts. The walls have been repeatedly bombed by graffiti only to be painted over again and again. With the resulting multilayered juxtapositions of colors and shapes, these haphazardly, ever changing canvases have turned out to be some of the most formally beautiful paintings I’ve ever seen. They’re just one of the things I love about the urban culture permeating the island.