The name Waiau means swirling waters. This mural is a Cold-cast bronze bas-relief called “Faces of Waiau”, which describes the history and close ties to the original Hawaiian Community. The three faces represented are the ancient Hawaiians, the face of education and the faces of the children nurtured by the swirling waters.
This was a joint project of 1% for art through the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawaii Department of Education.
The bas relief is a triptych, with each section approximately 6′ x 6′ and an overall dimension, with spacing, approximately 22′ x 6′ x 5″. Each panel describes part of the history of the Waiau area which sits above Pearl Harbor on the island of O’ahu. Left panel represents the ancient Hawaiians, the middle panel the students learning and the right panel represents the students themselves. The three panels are interlocked with the symbol of the “swirling water” of Waiau.