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September 1st, 2014

#OluKai Giveaway!

August 30th, 2014

Want to win this pair of OluKai Hikina sandals? Quickly scroll through your phone gallery and choose a photo of where you’d want them to take you. Email that photo to: contests@olukai.com. The most interesting photos will be posted on Contrast blog and a winner will be chosen next week Aloha Friday. The sandals will then be shipped to the winner in their preferred size.


Slow Magic “Girls”

August 30th, 2014

Slow Magics sophomore album “How to Run Away” in stores 9/9

Slow Magic // Girls - Live On Tour from SneakyBoy on Vimeo.

“Rad Company” at #FCDT tonight!

August 29th, 2014

On Friday , August 29, the newly opened Fresh Café Downtown location will host the Hawai‘i Premiere of Red Bull Media House’s latest action sports feature film release. Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company pushes the limits of free-ride mountain biking and showcases the skills and passion that make him one of the most versatile and explosive riders on the planet. Brandon handpicked a crew of riders who drive and inspire him in each discipline for this film, ultimately creating some of the highest level of riding ever caught on camera.The film features an eclectic soundtrack that flows like your favorite mix tape, while seamlessly meshing all disciplines of mountain biking. NWD Films and Red Bull Media House have teamed up with some of the top cinematographers and digital effects artists to create an innovative style, while keeping true to the “all killer no filler” style of the New World Disorder. Fresh Café Downtown will feature drink specials all night until 2am. The event is FREE ADMISSION and will be open to all ages from 6pm until 9pm, 21+ after 9pm.

18 Types of Asian Girls

August 28th, 2014

I’m sure you have categorized some girls you have seen out in public before, but here is a classic breakdown of Asian Girls that you may have never even considered.

Cali Thornhill Dewitt

August 27th, 2014

really into this stuff follow him on the instas @caramelbobby

A Chat with Filmmaker Ava Warbrick, Director of “Stephanie In the Water”

August 26th, 2014

Portraits: Morgan Maassen

As young girl growing up in Torquay, Australia, Ava Warbrick developed an interest in photography. She turned into a career as a filmmaker, studying visual arts in Bard College where she found herself experimenting with film and video. After she graduated, Ava worked on indie-film projects in New York and parlayed those experiences into a documentary about five-times ASP World Women Champion Stephanie Gilmore called, “Stephanie In the Water.” Shot by Jesse Cain and edited by Isabel Freeman, this artsy-doco follows Gilmore after her attack outside of her apartment in December 2011 and her comeback to win her fifth world championship. We had a quick chat with “Stephanie In The Water” Director Ava Warbrick about the film, production, and of course Steph.

Steph and Ava having a giggle.

Contrast: What cameras were used to make “Stephanie In The Water?”

Ava: The main camera used was an Aaton XTR Prod that shoots on super 16mm film, operated by cinematographer Jesse Cain. I also shot on super 8 stock. I like working with film. It adds a layer of materiality to the process.

Where did you enjoy filming the most on this project and why?

I always enjoy Hawai‘i. Shooting on the North Shore feels like an honor. It is the birthplace of surfing and is rich with surf film history.

From concept to finish, how long did this project take?

We began shooting in 2009 and completed shooting in 2012. We were still in postproduction in 2013.

What was the most challenging part about making Stephanie in The Water and why?

Finding an end moment was a real challenge. It’s a difficult decision to decide when to cease filming. Stephanie’s story goes on once our cameras turn off. Eventually we have to wrap things up and we hope to find a satisfying concluding point.

What did you learn about yourself by directing this film?

I learned to roll with the punches. Making documentary is an unscripted journey and you have to stay flexible and diligent.

What would you like the audience to leave “Stephanie in The Water” with?

I hope audiences can appreciate the subtlety of “Stephanie In The Water.” This film shows an often-unseen part of a professional athlete. We shot for a number of years so we see a transformation and growth in Stephanie. It is a unique project and I am thrilled people will finally get to see it.

Why is Stephanie Gilmore an excellent role model for kids?

Stephanie is someone who has always followed her desires from an early age. She strives to be the best, is a model of health and happiness and is one of the most gracious people I have known. 

Breaking Waves With Stephanie Gilmore on Nowness.com

Happy Monday!

August 25th, 2014

Have a great week!

How to Roll a Perfect Spliff featuring JPatt

August 25th, 2014

Vid by Vincent Ricafort Jr. III

Green Leaf Check Kickstarter | Cultivate Honolulu Underground Music

August 23rd, 2014

Green Leaf Check (GLC) is a non-profit organization of like-minded individuals based out in Honolulu, Hawaii who share a common purpose; to cultivate the local underground culture by sharing our influences, tastes, and talents through the diversified skill sets of our contributors from DJ’s to emcees, producers and visual artists.

Honolulu’s underground music community is filled with talented artists and amazing music, products and sounds you don’t necessarily associate Hawaii with.

GLC’s goal is to create a hub where these artists can showcase their talents on a nonrestrictive platform and enthusiasts (new and old) can come together, be exposed to these local talents, and be a part of the creative process.

Green Leaf Check’s mission is to build a bridge for the local underground music community between Hawaii and the mainland and eventually the world.

Would love your help and support. If you’d like to donate today, visit bit.ly/greenleafcheck or come to Nextdoor Upstairs tonight for GLC’s first fundraiser show featuring local producers TSRK and GLC residents Kowai Kowai and Joncozy.

Read more about our cause on greenleafcheck.com.