Founder/Creator of InstaHawaii
Aoloa: What is the purpose of InstaHawaii?
Ian Kai: My purpose is to give back to the community. This is my way of giving back and supporting the youth and the arts in Hawaii. I also wanted to just create an event to showcase Instagram and the Instagram community in Hawaii.
When did the light bulb go off in your head that InstaHawaii was something you wanted to create?
I always just thought that it would be a cool idea to do, but never really imagined it to evolve into what it has today. I never really thought that people would be this excited about an event and a contest, but I’m glad that people are really into the concept. Without people being excited about it, there would be no events or contests.
Who are some of the people/businesses that support InstaHawaii show?
Fresh Cafe and Loft In Space have always been supportive since the day I started it. I’m really thankful for Tiff and Aly at Fresh Cafe for believing in this event and supporting it. It’s actually the perfect venue for the event, and I’m glad to be able to do it over there. Contrast Magazine has also been very supportive and always lent me help with setting up and promoting the event. Incase has also been down to support me from day one, and donating the Incase cases for the gift bags. My family is also very supportive, especially my brother who helps give me ideas for the event and of course, designs the flyers for me. Also, my girlfriend is always giving me advice and ideas for the events and future events and helping out at the event when I need her to.
Where did the concept of “Negative Space” stem from?
Negative Space was just a theme that we had in mind for a while. I think pictures like that come out really clean, and I guess it adds a little bit of photography techniques into the fray, which isn’t a bad thing.
Why do you think that Instagram is such a popular form of social media?
I think Instagram is so huge in the social media sphere because humans are visual creatures. We like to look at things, and we like to show everyone else what we’re seeing. Especially in this generation of attention seeking and self-promotion. There’s no better way to do it than with pictures—whether it be pictures of ourselves or things that we are interested in. That’s why I think Instagram has become so popular.