Local Traffic Only

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Local Traffic Only by Martin Charlot

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In 1985 the renowned Hawai‘i-bred artist Martin Charlot was commissioned by McDonald’s Corporation to paint a wall mural for the company’s restaurant in Kane‘ohe, on the Hawaiian Island of O‘ahu. The result was Hawaiian Folkways, a 5x24-foot work depicting a day in the life of Waiahole Valley, the lush rural community a few miles up the coast in the heart of windward O‘ahu. Peopled with farmers and fishermen, keiki and kupuna, cops and robbers and many others, this charming mural illustrates more than 100 proverbs—and has entertained, enlightened and inspired those who have viewed it for almost a quarter-century. Now, in Local Traffic Only: Proverbs Hawaiian Style, Martin Charlot presents a keepsake edition of his beloved mural. Here is a children’s book for children of all ages—a loving look at Hawai‘i’s people, illustrating the varied and vital lessons that life has to teach.

Martin Charlot grew up in Hawai‘i, apprenticing with his father, the legendary artist and muralist Jean Charlot—a major influence in the Mexican muralist movement of the 1920s and ‘30s and a teacher of Diego Rivera. Known primarily as a muralist, Charlot is also a writer, actor, film maker, illustrator and educator and has been honored as a Fellow in Perpetuity by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Hardcover w/ dustjacket; 84 pp.
Author: Martin Charlot
Release Date: December 2007

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