INSPIRATION: The Ho’okipa Pillbox Murals
This past week, a bunch of us at 808 Urban coincidentally planned completely separate trips to Maui. Whether our stated purpose was to film the sunrise, paint a mural, or visit family and friends, we made time to see each other, barbecue, talk story, and play a fierce game of croquet. Coming back from the Road to Hana back to Pa’ia, I noticed some colorful roadside amateur graffiti.
After doing a little research, I found that this place is a bit of a local phenomenon known as the block house, artillery house or Ho’okipa Pillbox. Once part of an old WWII radio station, these four walls are constantly getting makeovers. Despite the fact that it is privately owned property, these North Shore Maui owners seem to be pretty chill with people sneaking through their fence and maze of cow pies to paint in the cover of the night and I think it’s because these walls serve as a community sounding board for celebrating birthdays, political commentary, and a place for teenagers and adults alike to practice their skills without fear of punishment.
Mahalo to Courtney Turner for the photos and research