Video courtesy of Olukai / Text and photos by Contrast Magazine

OluKai hosted the launch of their collaboration with Kaka‘ako-based artist couple, Wooden Wave, with an art show and silent auction. Framed pieces from the Lana Lane Studios artists hung on the brick walls as well as live painting on OluKai slip on shoes by Cory Taum, Kahiau Beamer, Keoni Paakaula, Gavin Murai and Hadley Nunes. All of the proceeds generated from sale of the artwork and limited-edition OluKai event tee benefitted Lana Lane Studios.

The event was a huge success with a massive turnout for a Thursday night with delicious food from the Pig and the Lady as well as a live performance from the Pow! Wow! School of Music and an all-vinyl Hawaiian music set by Aloha Got Soul capping off the evening.

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The ancient brilliance of the ahupua‘a system of having everything necessary for survival within your neighborhood is an underlying theme to the artwork of Wooden Wave. This duo of Native Hawaiian artists, comprised of husband and wife, Matt and Roxy Ortiz, illustrate this indigenous wisdom in modern forms through fantasy dwellings that have everything a skateboarder and/or surfer would need to sustain a life of radness…

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