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Aloha Got Soul

Aloha Got Soul
Words / Daniel Ikaika Ito
Photography / Mark Kushimi

Back to the Future.

There is something futuristically nostalgic about the music that record label Aloha Got Soul is into. It may seem oxymoronic to view their vinyl record releases as innovative, but the tracks selected by crate-diggers Roger Bong, Oliver Seguin and Cedric Bardwail are modern marvels attracting an international fan base. From rainy, old London, England to the sunny shores of Honolulu, Hawai‘i and everywhere in between, Aloha Got Soul is touching multiple people of various backgrounds with their signature sound, combining soul, funk, world and Hawaiian genres. Read more


Baarik’s Gallery

Baariks Gallery
Words / Daniel Ikaika Ito

Baarik’s Gallery is an artistic nocturnal emission. Sexy. Funny. Revealing. It’s something you keep on the down low and hidden from moms. His nude images of women are a teenager’s wet dream come to life. Fitting for the 19-year-old, photographer that is originally from San Francisco, Calif. and has been residing in Hawai‘i for the past six years. Photography is an art form for this kid rather than a craft. With no formal training he captures the rawness of the night and essence of the naked female form. Read more

Andrew Schoultz

Andrew Schoultz
Words / Mark Kushimi

Andrew Schoultz will admit that some would look upon his upbringing as that of a troubled youth. But the Wisconsin-born creative credits his early interest in graffiti and years of skateboarding through the streets of San Francisco to expanding his interest in art. Schoultz creates intricate renderings with imagery both familiar and fantastical, referencing themes such as war, chaos and environmental degradation—issues that are bound to repeat themselves throughout history. Read more

Farmers Market Hawaii

Farmers Market Hawaii
Words / Jason Shibata
Photography / Mark Kushimi

Be it at the beach, a concert or school, Farmers Market Hawai‘i and its iconic tiki face is worn with pride throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and beyond. Behind every successful business is a savvy team working tirelessly to elevate the company. The driving force behind FMHI is artist Keoni Payton (@painkillers), Raleigh Robertson (@fmhi) and Sean Paul Wilkerson (@forevershaka). Their clique is known as #thepineappleclan on social media, and they are often referred to as a solid crew that live an enviable lifestyle. Whether it’s surfing, skateboarding or riding bikes, they’re proud to live the life they portray, and view their authenticity as a key to their success. Read more

Keola Rapozo

Keola Rapozo / Fitted Hawaii
Words / Daniel Ito
Photography / Mark Kushimi

As a self-described recluse, Fitted co-founder and creative director Keola Naka‘ahiki Rapozo considers his creative space a personal sanctuary. His office is a Shangrila where–in an ideal scenario–he could post up behind his computer, Wacom Intuos5 Touch in-hand and crank out designs till morning. Earth is not even close to perfect though and it’s impossible for “Ola” to stay secluded at the moment. Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i–the annual mural festival that gathers over 100 artists to beautify Kaka‘ako–is in full swing and all of the action is happening around his office. Fitted headquarters was designed by Ola and is smack dab in the middle of all the artistic action. Therefore, the iconic Hawaiian streetwear brand’s warehouse in Kaka‘ako is a media feeding frenzy. Read more
 


Brandon Shigeta
Brandon Shigeta
Words / Mark Kushimi

For as long as he can remember, South Bay, Los Angeles’ Brandon Shigeta has always had an interest in documenting the things around him with a camera. The trained architect credited with a Masters of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design has spent the past few years traveling the world capturing subjects through the lens for clients like Hypebeast and Pow! Wow! There is no doubt that Brandon’s background in architecture influences his photography, but for the most part, he treats them as two separate disciplines. Read more

Paiko

Paiko Hawaii
Words & Photography / Lance Arinaga

As I motor up Tantalus Drive in the morning to meet up with Tamara Rigney, founder of Paiko, I can’t help but enjoy the lush beauty of Pu‘u ‘Ualaka‘a State Park that surrounds the road. It is a forested area with natural beauty and fresh air, which makes me feel at peace while the Generationals set the tone. As I pull-up to her spot as expected, it looks like a scene straight out of The Jungle Book. Trees upon trees and plants upon plants engulf everything I can see. I am instructed to follow the wooden stairs until they end. Tamara greets me with a smile and makes some tea while we wait for her business partner, Courtney Monahan, to arrive. Whilst sipping on said tea, Tamara tells me about her early days and how Paiko came to be. Read more

Quinn Matthews

Quinn Matthews
Words / Zen Yoshifuku

In the saturated market of surf photography the work of Quinn Matthews stands out from the others. For the past couple of years whenever I would be flipping through a surf mag and a photo caught my eye I would see Quinn’s name credited. With a different sense of composition from other photographers, the 19-year-old Californian is becoming the go-to shooter for all the best surf publications. We’re looking forward to seeing this young, industrious photographer’s work evolve in the coming years… Read more

Ryan Burch

Ryan Burch
Words / Jason Shibata
Photography / Brian Bielmann

Finding the balance…asymmetrically.

When you think of a surfboard, you imagine a symmetrical outline reflected on both sides of a stringer with fins distributed evenly from the middle near the tail. Although this conventional idea of what a surfboard should look like is commonly accepted, there are shapers out there who dare to think differently. Ryan Burch approaches surfboard design asymmetrically, with theories that stem from legendary shaper, Carl Ekstrom. There are many concepts behind Ekstrom’s and Burch’s designs, but the foundation of their asymmetrical approach is the desire to enhance surfing by creating boards catered to a rider’s personal style and approach to wave riding. Read more


Sam Muller

Sam Muller
Words / Travis Hancock

If you ask Sam Muller how, over the course of his teenage years, he went from a kid filming amateur skate videos with his friends to a respected photographer in the skate industry, he says it’s sheer luck, a right place right time kinda thing. But, unlike Sam, luck doesn’t sit in the California sun for six hours straight shooting sequences of a nearly impossible trick. Luck doesn’t often haul a hundred pounds of lighting gear over an eight-foot chain link fence. And luck doesn’t go very far when shooting intimate portraits of skate legends, musicians and Oscar-winning directors. At the ripe, hairy age of 24, Sam has the work ethic of a seasoned vet, matched by a knack for precision on the order of German engineering. But for all this, he’s humble about his success, and less interested these days in exploiting skating’s mainstream than in branching out, exploring new subjects and terrain—from ballet to his Hollywood Hills hometown. Read more

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