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How the Tesla Model S is made

Monday, August 12th, 2013

I Want: O’Clock by Okum Made.

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

O’Clock by Okum Made
“Emphasizing material and process through form. The precise graphic form is machined using the latest in modern woodworking. Sculpted from solid hardwood, the cavity of the clock faces frames the beauty of wood grain by revealing the many years of growth. Hardwood takes decades to mature. We are strong believers in preserving this natural resource and creating only meaningful objects that use the material responsibly. Offered in Hard White Maple, hand finished in wx to retain the light wood grain.”

Buy it here…

Meet Caleb Taosaka

Thursday, December 13th, 2012


“The things I create are the odd products of my overactive imagination.”

Q: What/Who inspires you?
A: Friends, family, hapa, skateboarding, works by Chris Pottinger, cigarettes, pizza, hot showers, hair, weird textures, wrinkles, smells, raw ground beef, beer, science fiction, objects of disgust, fighting giraffes, works by Michael DeForge, comic books, tastebuds, inappropriate humor, and all of my experiences on this planet.
Q: Describe your artistic process.
A: Usually I just write down or draw whatever weird things my imagination decides to give me. I used to like doing collage-type drawings with a lot of cutting out and hands-on work, but most of my recent stuff was made using photoshop.
Q: Describe your artistic style in 3 words.
A: Firm but gentle.

*Editors note: this is the series start of an intro to some Hawaii-based art students. Letting them show their early work and share their thoughts.



Zara Home USA launch

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

This week, Zara Home (http://www.zarahome.com) launched its USA site. In honor of the site’s launch, they are offering free shipping for the month of October.

Awesome package design: Pasta La Vista

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Best. Pasta. Packaging. Ever.

Inspiration: Workspaces

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

http://workspaces.tumblr.com because no space is as personal as the workspace.

Fall Bootie trends

Sunday, September 30th, 2012


via smallshopstudio.com


Roy G. Biv

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The “RGB Colorspace Atlas” was created by artist Tauba Auerbach. It represents every color in the RGB spectrum and needs to be on my coffee table forever.

Pai’ea Projects CEO Pono Campbell Drops Knowledge

Friday, September 7th, 2012


The Kepaniwai Pack— a retro Chicago Bulls-inspired basketball jersey and matching New Era rip stop snapback—will be released on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Fitted shop, which is located on 1438 Kona Street. This is the third collaboration between Fitted and Pai’ea Projects, and looks to be the dopest one to date. I met up with the CEO of Pai’ea Projects, Pono Campbell, while he was taking his son, Kahiwa, on a trip to the Kamehameha Statue in Honolulu. Pono is from Maui, but graduated from the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus in 1999. The 30-year-old possess a wealth of Hawaiian History and sports knowledge, and was willing to share some with Contrast.

Daniel: Besides graduating from Kamehameha Schools, where were you educated?

I got my Bachelorʻs in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and Masterʻs (MSBA) in Information Systems from SDSU.

San Diego, represent! What do you do for work?

Iʻm a Systems Consultant for a company called Educational Resource Designs (ERD). Our main client is the Kamehameha Schools, so I spend most of my days up on Kapālama.

What is your boy’s full name and what’s the story behind it?

My son is almost two years old now. His full name is Kahiwa Kapalaoaokealapiko Campbell. When my wife was pregnant, she dreamt that she gave birth to a baby whale. He was born during the equinox, where the sun travels directly overhead, down the center (piko) of your body. So his name roughly translates to “The sacred whale of the path down the center.”


That’s heavy. What was the inspiration for the Kepaniwai Pack?

Our jerseys celebrate momentous occasions in King Kamehamehaʻs (Paiʻea) unification of the Hawaiian Islands. This jersey takes us to my home island of Maui, paying tribute to the battle at Kepaniwai. Paiʻea is hands-down viewed as the greatest king in Hawaiian History, and the only sports figure that holds that same comparison is Michael Jordan. We used one of the sickest throwback jerseys of all-time, designed after the greatest basketball player of all-time. Once I found out that Kamehamehaʻs ancestor, Kekaulike, was the 23rd Mōʻī of Maui, I knew it was meant to be.

Where is ‘Iao Valley and what is it primarily known for?

ʻIao Valley is in the district of Wailuku in central Maui. Itʻs a nice place for locals to jump in the river to cool off. We kinda grew up going to ʻIao River on the weekends. Whether you wanna BBQ, take the kids for a swim, or just trying to shake off a hangover, ʻIao is the perfect place to refresh your body and mind.


What’s another interesting thing you found out about ‘Iao?

It’s crazy how much mana that place has. It was a super sacred place for ali’i and kahuna. When I visited the valley, I came across a lo’i and got to talking with the caretaker. It’s known as Lo’iloa, and it was used exclusively to feed the highest of ali’i and kahuna who were traveling into the valley. He also said that some ancient Hawaiians looked at the ʻIao Needle as sacred because it points straight up to the source of all things, Akua.

Judging by the Kepaniwai post on the Pa’iea Projects blog it seems like you dug deep for the back story of Kepaniwai. How did you do your research for the collaboration?

Iʻve been reading a few books, mainly Kamehameha and His Warrior Kekuhaupiʻo. Also just trying to gather information from the most credible sources. Authors like Desha and Fornander have lots of good info.

Who was instrumental in executing the Kepaniwai Pack?

Everyone involved really came through in the clutch on this project. Pow Wow Artist Kamea Hadar helped design the text on the jersey. My brother, Kekaula, flexed his photography muscles taking the shots at ʻIao Valley. A big shout out to Ilima Maiava for modeling the Kepaniwai Pack just days after his MMA fight. Luckily, he mopped the guy so he came out pretty unscathed for the shoot.

Why do you feel it’s important to perpetuate Kamehameha’s stories?

I think for a lot of people our age and younger, we need something that we can easily relate to. With these jerseys, I feel like it captures the attention of a different audience, and makes them want to learn more about the story behind the jersey. Now when I read interesting stories about ancient Hawaiians, I think to myself, “I gotta retell this story!” I think as Native Hawaiians, itʻs our duty to perpetuate the culture in any way we can. My hope is that the projects that we do help achieve this life-long goal.

Invisible Bike Helmet

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Two Swedish inventors have come up with a deployable head airbag that you wear around your neck. Upon sudden impact, the bag inflates and offers 80% head and neck protection. There is also a black box recorder that captures 10 seconds of sound around the deployment. While the invention is new and begs for questions about calibration, accidental deployment and costs (currently only available in Europe for $600), it is a truly innovative design. If they haven’t given it a name yet, I suggest “Instant Pacman.”