How Our Greetings From Hawaii Mural Came To Life
By Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs
Aloha and Greetings from Hawaii!
On Oahu at the ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, we used 35 gallons of paint covering a 3,750 square foot ground canvas. This mural can be viewed from Swell Bar on the 5th floor of the hotel, or from up above.
We were painting in Santa Monica when we got a short notice to paint in Hawaii. Two weeks later after working in Los Angeles and Bermuda, we landed 12 hours across the globe on the beautiful island of Oahu.
Home for the next three weeks, we checked in to the recently renovated ‘Alohilani Resort that sits conveniently across the street from the Pacific Ocean. We dropped our bags on the 26th floor overlooking the bright, calm waves rolling in with a full view of Diamond Head. Then we got straight to work.
This wasn’t our first time in Hawaii, but we still felt grateful to be back in the Paradise of the Pacific.
Taking on our largest scale mural to date, we had to bring the dream team to Hawaii. Van Zee Sign Co. and Snoeman came to assist us with this piece. Luckily, we had them with us through the struggling days of rain that made minor shifts to our schedule. Thank you both for making this mural a memorable one.
The rain stayed with us for a solid 3.5 days. We painted under tents while wet vacuuming puddles to keep our canvas dry. Rain would fall from sunny blue skies and it would come and go quickly. Tarps helped until the heavy winds came. We worked through it as a team to keep each others spirits high. Luckily, we had enough good weather to finish the mural before a historic winter storm hit that brought snow to Maui.
To celebrate the completion of our Greetings from Hawaii mural, we hiked Diamond Head and road-tripped around the east side of the island finishing with sunset at the North Shore.
While we were painting in Alaska, we were asked during an interview what our next biggest goal was and we both said painting in Hawaii. We are elated to be able to make this idea a reality within 7 months. Mahalo to all the staff of ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach for your outstanding hospitality and to White Ink Co for making this mural possible!
Location: Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach