For the longest time (around 500 days) the encampment was directly across the Academy of Arts. Whenever the Academy would host an evening "Art After Dark," deOccupy Honolulu would host an "Off Art After Dark," with it's own art and entertainment. Much of the deOccupy Honolulu artwork found exhibition at "Off Art." Of course, Off Art wasn't as well funded as the Academy's event, but that was kinda the point. Bourgeois on one side of Beretania and Bohemian on the other. Honolulu's own Salon des Refusés.
Sometimes, I think the term "Free Speech" is something of a misnomer. The sign of any vigorous political movement is usually the creation of art. And there was a lot of that from the very beginning.
|[Anonymous artist okay with ephemeral chalk art. Week 2 of encampment.]|
Not all artist were anonymous (or Anonymous). Renowned California muralist Raul Gonzalez of Mictlan Murals came to Thomas Square to paint a mural of Kānāwai Māmalahoe, the Law of the Splintered Paddle that Kamehameha I declared as the first law of Hawaii. Enshrined in the State Constitution it protects the humble lying by the roadside from abuse by the powerful.
Ironically, the mural – slated to be the centerpiece for the scheduled May 1 celebration was targeted for seizure by the City the very next day. The creation and recovery of the mural is a story in itself and if anyone is interested there is a 30 minute documentary about this (compiled mostly from my livestream video) here.