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Via Foundry | By James Charisma

Inside Lana Lane Studios in Our Kaka‘ako, construction materials and industrial equipment are everywhere. A bank of vintage motorcycles and old bike parts are assembled outside Minnow Motor Works, Anthony Vallejo-Sanderson’s moped and motorcycle refurbishment shop. Across the warehouse, massive carved wooden panels from the former CoXist Studio rest against the wall outside a recording studio where Pow! Wow! School of Music director Nicholas Kaleikini plays the piano.

On both floors, an assortment of private studio spaces line the perimeters, each customized with recycled or donated materials by their residents. Front facades range from painted sheet metal to crafted wood to clear plastic. In the back corners, the Lana Lane team works on building out a woodshop and kitchen space. Out front, an old shed is being converted into a juice bar.

It’s any given morning at Lana Lane Studios, Our Kaka‘ako’s neighborhood workspace for local creatives that hosts illustrators, painters, graffiti artists, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, and musicians. What once was an old warehouse storing concrete and car tires was renovated in 2012 by Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i directors Jasper Wong and Jeffrey Gress into a collaborative space where artists can rent studios at affordable rates. Current tenants include illustrators and muralists Matt and Roxanne Ortiz of Wooden Wave; indigo dyers Toku and Donna; fine art oil painter Hadley Nunes; PangeaSeed operations manager Kai‘ili Kaulukukui; and Gavin Murai’s design shop Reckon Shop.

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