808 Urban Youth Artists at the Honolulu Night Market


808 Urban Youth Artists Splash Color on another Successful Night Market


We can’t help but smile when we walk through the streets every third Saturday of the month and feel the support and creativity that Night Market is drawing to Kaka’ako. Proving to be the latest art scene to hit O’ahu, healing Honolulu Night Market continues to encourage artistic collaborations, community involvement and cultural awareness by highlighting the boundless talents of neighboring galleries, food vendors, designers and artists. The 808 Urban family wants to extend a huge thank you to the supporters of Honolulu Night Market and 808 Urban, the people in the community who came out, all the art and food vendors who participated and the genius minds behind Street Grindz and Night Market. It’s events like this that inspire local involvement and serve as a reminder to embrace the art and culture that is happening in one’s own backyard.

808 Urban’s youth artists have been utilizing Honolulu Night Market to showcase a new collection of handmade products every month in their Community Arts Hub, The Refuge and at their booth in the “Pinch of Salt” retail market. The proceeds from these sales continue to be used to fund free arts programming for the teen artists and their self-governed Junior Boards. Night Market serves as an exceptional opportunity for the youth artists to not only showcase their art to the community, but also to teach them entrepreneurial skills, to give them the confidence to interact with the community and spread awareness regarding our cause. The event also inspires them to continue using art as an outlet and form of expression.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, the December 15th Night Market will focus on holiday gift items and decorations created by 808 Urban’s junior boards. The youth artists will be selling recycled spray can art, t-shirts, original paintings and photographs and hand-crafted ceramics. Your purchases and donations will continue to go straight into the pockets of the artists and their junior boards for supplies and future community projects. 808 Urban encourages the community to join them at a simple Writer’s Bench, where artists of all ages can talk story, sketch and share design tips. Just like November’s Night Market, the student artists will be live-painting outside The Refuge, demonstrating the art of on the spot inspiration while collaborating with other professional artists within the community. The organization is always looking for interested businesses within the local community who want to hang these pieces in their establishment to help support the youth artists and increase awareness to those unfamiliar with 808 Urban. (If interested, please contact Sierra Dew at sierra@808urban.org).

The 808 Urban family cannot wait to see you all again in a couple weeks at the Honolulu Night Market on Saturday December 15th on Auahi Street from 7pm-12am.