Call Detail
'Ewa Mahiko Gymnasium Interior Artwork

Entry Deadline: 4/15/24
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 8
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 8
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Local
State: Hawaii
Budget: 100,000

‘Ewa Mahiko District Park Gymnasium History and Description
The ‘Ewa Mahiko District Park Gymnasium, built in 2013, is a multi-purpose indoor facility located on Renton Road (between Alāiki Street and Park Row) in ‘Ewa Beach, on the island of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. The park covers an area of 12.5 acres and features a variety of recreational facilities for park users. The gymnasium covers an area of approximately 10,000 square feet and features a full-sized basketball court that can be used for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor sports. 

Commission on Culture and the Arts
Founded in 1968, the Commission on Culture and the Arts was established; to assist the City in attaining national preeminence in culture and the arts; to assist the City in the preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of all its peoples; to promote a community environment which provides equal and abundant opportunity for exposure to culture and the arts in all its forms; and to encourage and provide equal opportunity for the development of cultural and artistic talents of the people of Honolulu. 

Art in City Buildings, a program under the Commission on Culture and the Arts, sets aside an amount equal to not less than one percent of the construction phase appropriation for the original construction of any City building for the acquisition of works of art. The Art in City Buildings program is managed by the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts.

Artwork Goals
The Commission on Culture and the Arts proposes that the mural should engage the community in its creation, reflecting the surrounding area of ‘Ewa Mahiko District Park. The artwork should be suitable for the recreational purposes of the gymnasium facility while also paying homage to the rich historical and cultural context of the area. This park is situated near various historically and culturally significant sites, such as the O‘ahu Railway and Land Company (OR&L) Railroad System, Kapapapuhi Shoreline Park, ‘Ewa Honouliuli Internment Camp, and ‘Ewa Sugar Mill.

Artwork Location/Description
The project location for the two-dimensional artwork is located on the interior of the mauka side of the gymnasium wall.  The artwork must be wall-mounted and made of a durable materials.   The artwork should consider placement, designs, and color schemes that do not interfere recreational activities in the gym.

For images of the project location and building location please visit:

The budget for the artwork project is $100,000.00, all-inclusive. The budget shall cover all costs of the project to include but is not limited to: artist’s fees, travel, fabrication, installation, documentation of artwork, signage, taxes, and insurance.

Selection Process
Each applicant should demonstrate artistic excellence, evidence of working in the field of public art, awareness of the function of ‘Ewa Mahiko District Park Gymnasium, and knowledge of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. All received applications shall be reviewed by the Art in City Buildings for the ‘Ewa Mahiko District Park Gymnasium Committee consisting of members of the Commission on Culture and the Arts, staff from the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Three finalists will be selected and they may be contacted to present their proposals at a meeting of the Commission on Culture and the Arts. All finalists will receive a $400.00 honorarium. The final selection for the commission award shall be made by the Commission on Culture and the Arts at their meeting in May 2024. After the final selection, work on the project will commence after a contract has been executed and a written Notice to Proceed has been issued.

  • Submission deadline: April 15, 2024
  • Finalist notification: May 2024
  • Commission selection:  May 2024

The Commission on Culture and the Arts reserves the right to reject any or all applications, in whole or in part, and to modify or terminate the application process or the selection process if the Commission finds there is a cogent and compelling reason to do so.

All questions regarding this Request for Proposals should be directed to:

Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts
650 South King Street, 3rd Floor
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813
Telephone: (808) 768-4105


Application Requirements

Application Requirements
Applications must be submitted using the™ (CaFÉ™) online application system managed by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). Artist applicants will be required to create a username and password and set up a personal account at There is no charge to artist applicants for using CaFÉ™, and there is no charge to apply to the Request for Proposals. Following successful set up, all interested artist applicants will be granted full access to the detailed application.

Interested artist applicants must submit the following:

  1. Letter of interest. The letter should explain the artist’s interest in the project, approach to creating public art, and any past relevant experience. The letter must not exceed 4,000 characters.
  2. Artist attestation that they are eighteen years of age or older, that materials submitted are authentic materials of their work, and the information submitted is true and correct to the best of his or her knowledge.
  3. Professional resume. Resume should not exceed two pages for artist; attached file must be formatted according to CaFÉ™ guidelines.
  4. References. A list of at least three professional references that include name, title, organization, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. The references must not exceed 2,000 characters.
  5. Project proposal. The project proposal should include the project description and a materials list, and must not exceed 5,000 characters.
  6. Preliminary budget and projected timeline. This budget and timeline should outline the project expenses and work schedule, and must not exceed 2,000 characters.
  7. Project illustrations. A maximum of two images should depict the project proposal; files must not be larger than 2mb, and txt, pdf, doc, xls, or jpg format only.
  8. Visual support materials. Artists may submit up to seven images from their CaFÉ™ account; each image must be annotated to include the artist’s name and as applicable a brief description of each image stating its title, date, medium, size, location, and if a commissioned project, the commission budget. One of the images may be an artwork concept illustration for this project, the other images must be of completed works. Files must be formatted according to CaFÉ™ guidelines.

Please note:

  • HCE and VSS registration must be completed prior to awarding of commission (see information below).
  • Submissions outside the CaFÉ™ online application system will not be accepted. Application by facsimile, mail, or walk-in is not acceptable.
  • Artist teams may apply with a project proposal under the lead artist with each team member submitting individual resumes and references. If applying as an artist team, the artist team must be declared in the Letter of Interest.

All applications must be submitted by 7:59 pm (Hawaiʻi Standard Time) on April 15, 2024 on the™ (CaFÉ™) online system at Applications submitted after this time shall not be considered. It is the responsibility of the submitting artist to ensure that the application is complete.

CaFÉ™ closes the application at midnight Mountain Standard Time (7:59 pm Hawaiʻi Standard Time/11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time). Technical support is available until 1:00 pm HST/5:00 pm MST. If you are a first time user of CAFÉ™, please allow adequate time to learn the use of the system. It is recommended that the artist applicants complete their applications at least twenty-four hours prior to the deadline.

Eligibility Criteria

Artist Eligibility

All artists able to qualify to work for the City and County of Honolulu shall be considered. The City and County of Honolulu encourages professional artists new to the field of public art to apply. The City provides equal opportunity for applicants, promotes equal access to users of City facilities and services, and works to eliminate discrimination in all aspects of City services and public accommodations.

To work for the City and County of Honolulu and to receive any payment all artists must be registered with the City and County of Honolulu’s Vendor Self Service System and must obtain a Vendor Number. You may register with the Vendor Self Service System on-line at In addition, to be awarded the commission, the artist must be registered to do business in the State of Hawaiʻi and be deemed compliant on the State of Hawaiʻi Compliance Express (HCE) system, online at HCE and VSS registration must be completed prior to awarding of commission.