808 Urban is a collective of community cultural workers: artists, organizers and volunteers committed to improving the quality of life for our communities through arts programming. In all of our work, we strive to integrate the highest levels of artistic innovation with grassroots cultural organizing for systemic, progressive social change.
808 Urban started off as a backyard project six years ago by the graffiti artist John “Prime” Hina who recognized the value of mentoring at-risk youth through urban arts and cultural education. Since then, 808 Urban has grown into a respected local community arts organization, while “staying true to the streets.” Since 2006, 808 Urban has created over 100 large-scale mural projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands and around the world. 808 Urban have also offered over a hundred free arts workshops, collaborated with dozens of local organizations and businesses.
COMMISSION A COMMUNITY MURAL – Providing large-scale community murals throughout Hawaii since 2006.
HI STORY – 808 Urban’s outlet for community arts events and outreach workshops in the urban arts.
JOHN “PRIME” HINA
Since the late 1980’s, Prime has become a successful community worker, business and family man. In turning his life around, John has found a highly effective way of steering youth from the dangers inherent in growing up in at-risk neighborhoods, and turning them into community-minded artists and cultural workers. His unique method of youth development is rooted in the art of graffiti muralism, a visual vocabulary of the streets that he has harnessed as a cultural tool for positive social change. John has created over 50 public murals and coordinated numerous public arts events on O’ahu in the past 8 years. These efforts have spearheaded the creation of 808 Urban. Check out Prime’s Portfolio