Presenting the HI-story Urban Arts Festival

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808 Urban’s “HI-story” Urban Arts Festival focuses on bringing positive, creative outlets for Hawai’i’s youth in an engaging way that meets their interests in the urban arts. Together, through a collaboration of art, music, education, and sustainability focused performances and workshops, this festival showcases the creativity of Hawai’i’s diverse culture from traditional to urban.

With a stage hosted by Jason Mateo, DJ’s, Emcees, BBoy Dance Crews, a Freestyle Lyricist’s Station, Art, Culture, Sustainability Workshops and more- there will be plenty of activities and entertainment for all ages.  Live performances by Irie Love, Diverse Art Center, 808 Breakers, Pana Jones, Million Billion and Kreative Dwella with DJ Memwar,  Super Groupers and DJ Cozy will run throughout the day.  Participating partner organizations include: Pacific Tongues, Na Mea/Native Books Hawai’i, Hui Aloha ‘Aina Momona, Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking, FOB Project, Hawaii Hands in Helping Out and Sustainable Coastlines.

The main event will showcase the talents of over 40 high school youth from over 10 different schools from 808 Urban’s Junior Board Art Teams and Pacific Tongue’s Youth Poets in a mural and spoken word battle based around the collaborative youth-led campaign “Healthy Land, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Relationships”.  Visual elements include a Blackbook Battle hosted by artist, ESCAPE, and live painting by some of Hawai’i’s most well known graffiti and aerosol artists.  Cultural workshops including poi pounding, lei making and printing.   Educational activities like Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking’s Flipbook and Clay Animation Workshop will be stimulating and creative.

The intent of 808 Urban and collaborative partners is to showcase to the public the transformational power of art and the ways in which community can support creative outlets for our young people through positive messaging and engaging cultural and urban art activities.

**Any children and youth artists wanting to participate in the Blackbook Battle will need to bring their blackbooks/sketchbooks and their own markers.  Sign up will start at 10am.  All ages are encouraged to join.



10AM-2PM- 808 Urban Junior Board Art Battle

11AM-2PM- Blackbook Battle with ESCAPE (sign up starts at 10AM)

11AM-2PM- Freestyle Vocal Cypher with Seph1 and Kaleo Ten

ALL DAY- Live Painting by Local Graffiti/Aerosol Artists

ALL DAY- Stencil Workshop by 808 Urban



ALL DAY- “Poi Pounding” with Hui Aloha ‘Aina Momona

ALL DAY- “Let’s Trade a Poem” with Pacific Tongues

ALL DAY- “Design Your Sail” with the FOB Filipino Canoe Project

10AM-1PM “Lei Making” with Na Mea/Native Books Hawai’i

2PM- “Animation | Flip-book” with Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking


10AM-Opening Ceremony

11AM- Diverse Art Center and 808 Breakers OPEN CYPHER

12PM- Million Billion and Kreative Dwella with DJ Memwar

12:30PM- Super Groupers

1PM- Pana Jones

2PM- Irie Love

2:30PM- Spoken Word by Pacific Tongues Youth Poets