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“Ka Leo Arts Festival,” Says Anything But This Shirt

Printmaker Marika Emi has a response to Ka Leo’s Art Festival: “[redacted]”.

On Oct. 14, the University of Hawaii campus newspaper censored a mural painted in anticipation of the festival—which happens today from 3–6pm on McCarthy Mall—when a group of about 80 people painted a mural with a message of protest to the development of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Controversy happened, and Emi responded.

On the shirts, big letters reading “Ka Leo Arts Festival” are blacked out, designed and printed by Emi on recycled t-shirts, tanks, and tote bags.

“I wanted to come up with my own design that focuses less on the content of the mural and more on Ka Leo’s role in censoring it,” Emi says. She made them “in recognition of small, but potent, injustice.”

You can get them at UH tomorrow from 9am-6pm for $5–$10 by emailing [email protected] All proceeds benefit freedom of speech.

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