Friday, April 21, 2017

Radio Club and RIP: Street Art

Maui Amateur Radio Club has an annual radio field day in June at the Hookipa bluff. To my knowledge, they are the only people who officially receive permission to paint the Hookipa pillbox. Everyone else trespasses on private property. This photo dates from 7/4/16.

Another radio club inspired mural at the Hookipa pillbox. The symbol in the center refers to hurricane Flossie, which was expected to hit Hawaii in 2013. If it had hit Hawaii, normal communications would have failed, but ham radio would still be operational. Photo taken 6/26/13.There was a funny repainting of this particular street art that I shared on a completely unrelated blog post.
Maui Amateur Radio Club street art - painted before 6/30/14.
RIP Tom. A beautiful tribute to Tom, who I don't know personally, but who must have loved sea turtles. This street art was painted at the Hookipa pillbox before 1/16/17. There are countless memorials to loved ones at the pillbox, but this is one of the most artistic.

My theme this year is “Signs, Stickers, Street Art, and Graffiti on Maui.” As a departure from my A to Z Challenge posts in previous years, the blog posts will be very short. To read more about my theme and how I interpreted it, visit here

Many of my photos depict a structure from WWII, a concrete building that used to be a military communications station during the war. It’s visible from the highway near Hookipa, a famous windsurfing spot.  Although the pillbox is located on private land, it has become something of a community message board, and is painted and repainted with greetings, signs, random pictures and graffiti, whenever someone has a desire to paint. I think of it as the Hookipa pillbox – if you google “WWII pillbox, ” you’ll see similar structures.  

Some people have asked about the telephone pole next to it. I think there used to be electricity to the pillbox during the war.

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