Ua koho ʻia he kanakolu kaha kiʻi na Contrast Magazine a me Hurley e komo ma ke kolu o kā lākou hanana kūmau ʻo Anti-Canvas a no Daniel Ikaika Ito, ka luna ho’oponopono no Contrast, e lilo ana kēia he hanana kūikawā nō.
“Nui koʻu hauʻoli i ka hana a kēia mau kaha kiʻi kēia makahiki ʻoiai ua ʻoi aku ko lākou ʻeleu i ka paʻi ma kēia ʻano lole.”
E like me ka ʻokoʻa o ka ʻāina i hōʻea mai ai kēia mau kaha kiʻi, mai Hawaiʻi a i ka ʻāina ʻē, pēlā nō ka ʻokoʻa o kā lākou mau lau i kuni paʻa ʻia ma luna o kēia mau lole wāwae ʻau.
“ʻO ka mea hoihoi o kēia kuni ʻana, ʻo ia ka mālama ʻia ʻana o nā mea kikoʻī o ka lau i manaʻo mua ʻia e kēia mau kaha kiʻi,” wahi a Ito.
A no kekahi kaha kiʻi, ua mālama ʻo ia i ke kikoʻī o kona lāhui Hawaiʻi ma kāna lau.
Ua kapa ʻia kaʻu lau ʻo “Paʻiʻai Pusha,” wahi a Paul Kema, “Ua pā koʻu naʻau i ko Daniel Anthony hana nui no ka ho’ōla ʻana i ke kuʻi ʻai a ʻo ia ana kaʻu e kaʻana ai me ka lehulehu.”
ʻAʻole kū ka malo iā Daniel wale nō, ua kūpono ia i ke ʻano lole heʻenalu o ka wā kahiko kekahi.
“Pūʻiwa wau i kona ʻano hakuhia ma ka hoʻohana ʻana i kēia ao hou o ka pāheona me ka ʻike kahiko,” wahi a Ito.
A no Ito, He Hawaiʻi nō ka hoʻihoʻi hou ʻana aku i ke kaiāulu ākea.
“Pono ka poʻe e kipa mai kā mākou hanana e hoʻihoʻi aku i kekahi o kēia mau lole wāwae i ka hale a i mea e kākoʻo i ko kākou kaiāulu ʻo Pow Wow Hawaiʻi a me ko Iāpana.”
No laila, e kipa aku iā Contrast mā i kēia Poʻalima ma Nextdoor i Chinatown ma ka hola ʻelima no ka leʻaleʻa a me ke kākoʻo pū. ʻO wau nō kēia ʻo ʻIwalani Kūaliʻi-Kahoʻohanohano no ʻŌiwi TV. Aloha.
Mahalo iā Daniel Ikaika Ito (Contrast) lāua ʻo Paul Kema (Paiʻea Projects).
Thirty different artists were chosen by Contrast Magazine and Hurley to participate in this yearʻs event. According to Daniel Ikaika Ito, editor of Contrast Magazine, it’ll be an event full of surprises.
“I’m really impressed with the artwork this year because now, it seems like the artists, they’re designing their art to be on the board shorts as apposed to just creating artwork that was going to go on traditional mediums.”
Artist were chosen from Hawaiʻi and across the U.S. to put together pieces of originality using a heat transfer process called sublimation.
“The really cool part about sublimation is it keeps the integrity of the design so you don’t lose any of those fine details that the artists have worked so hard for,” says Ito.
One artist in particular brought forth the fine detail of Hawaiʻi.
“This year’s piece that I’m doing, I called it ‘Paʻiʻai Pusha,'” says designer Paul Kema, “It’s really inspired by Daniel Anthony and all the efforts that he’s done at Mana ʻAi and educating and perpetuating the practice of pounding paʻiʻai.”
Although Daniel may practice his tradition in a malo, it was also a piece inspired by the surf wear of old.
“I’m just so impressed that not only did he do something that was innovative and new, but he also did something that was very traditional and Hawaiian at the same time,” says Ito.
And according to Ito, what’s more Hawaiian than to give back to the community.
“It think people should come out not only because they can purchase one-off piece of art but also because all of the proceeds go to charity. This year’s charities are Pow Wow Hawaiʻi, which is an amazing art event that takes place in February and March, and then the other charity is Japan Disaster Relief.”
So go check it out this Friday at Nextdoor in Chinatown starting at 5pm for the fun and support.
Mahalo to Daniel Ikaika Ito (Contrast) and Paul Kema (Paiʻea Projects).