Hina and Her Family Return at James B. Castle High School

Posted on Dec 17, 2018 in Art in Public Places Collection, Art in Public Places Program, Blog Post, Commissioned Works of Art

“Hina and Her Family Return” by Solomon Enos

“Hina and Her Family Return,” a glass mosaic mural by artist Solomon Robert Nui Enos, was dedicated last week at the Ronald E. Bright Theatre at the Castle Performing Arts Center of James B. Castle High School in Kāneʻohe. The oli and blessing were performed by kumu hula Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, a graduate of Castle High School.

View of the mural on the building. The artist is standing below the mural.

Side of the Castle Performing Arts Center with full view of mural.

Photo credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Painting showing four figures, one holding a moon

Painting by Solomon Enos used for the creation of the glass mosaic mural.

Photo credit: Solomon Enos

Same image as painting above, but cropped and showing the top third, now rendered into small squares.

Mockup showing details of the glass mosaic mural.

Photo credit: Solomon Enos

About the artwork

Hina and Her Family Return depicts Hawaiian akua (deities) Hina, Lono, Kū, Kāne and Kanaloa returning to Moʻokapu Peninsula, now called Mōkapu. The akua are metaphoric of nature and reinforce the harmonious familial relationship that exists between humanity and the natural environment. As we witness the great changes happening to our climate, weather, land, resources and shoreline, we must prepare to greet them and make the best of our future together.

About the artist

Solomon Robert Nui Enos is a Native Hawaiian artist, illustrator, and visionary. A self-described “intelligent optimist,” Solomon’s art expresses his own aspirational vision of the world at its best, which is, at times, deployed through poly-fantastic (science fiction) narratives. His work touches on themes of ancestry and identity, the human relationship with the Earth, and the future of Hawai‘i, its people, and its resources. He has exhibited in Biennial X (Honolulu Museum of Art), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Queensland Art Gallery), CONTACT art exhibitions, and others. His work is held in private collections and in the public collections of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Hawai’i State Art Museum.

Solomon was born and raised in Mākaha Valley on the island of O‘ahu and is a proud father of four. He credits much of his artistic inspiration and drive to his family, the Enos ‘Ohana.

About the Art Advisory Committee

The Art Advisory Committee for this work of art included Karen Meyer (chair), Sarah Wade, Casilda Rippard, and Cory DeJesus. The role of the Art Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to the SFCA regarding the development and design of a given art project, including location, medium, distinguishing features of the artwork, and selection of the artist. The SFCA appoints members of the Art Advisory Committee from users of the facility and representatives from the community in which the facility is located. The committee chairperson is a representative of the state department, division or agency to which that state building or space is assigned. Others from the committee who serve as a resource or advisory member may include some or all of the following: the project architect, representatives of the state comptroller, representatives of state departments that are responsible for the construction or renovation, representatives of the APP Program, and as appropriate, SFCA-appointed artists or technical experts. The SFCA determines the method in which the art project should be commissioned.

About the Location

The James B. Castle High School is located in Kāneʻohe, on the Windward Side of Oahu, and serves grades 9 – 12.

The Castle Performing Arts Center (CPAC) at James B. Castle High School is a learning and entertainment center, serving hundreds of students in grades 5-12 in Windward Oʻahu.


The glass mosaic mural was funded through the Art in Public Places Program of the SFCA, which receives one percent of the construction and renovation costs for state buildings to integrate art into the built environment of Hawai‘i.

The Art in Public Places Program (APP Program) was created to strengthen the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ capability to stimulate, guide and promote culture and the arts through the field of the visual arts. The APP Program seeks to: enhance the environmental quality of state public buildings and spaces throughout the state for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public; cultivate the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual arts in all media, styles and techniques; contribute toward the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and acquire, interpret, preserve and display works of art expressive of the character of the Hawaiian Islands, the multicultural heritage of its people, and the various creative interests of its artists. Artwork in the Art in Public Places Collection can be viewed online in the Art in Public Places online catalog as well as the Public Art Archive (www.publicartarchive.org).