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“Miami Best Mural-The Universal Aloha Wall by Estria and Prime”

There’s a tropical oasis in the middle of Wynwood. The grass there is typically patchy and gravelly. The neighboring buildings look stark and boxy. But gaze upon the east-facing wall of a warehouse just one block from the heart of the Second Saturday Art Walk, and you’re transported to a sci-fi version of a lush, mountainous island an entire continent away. The Universal Aloha Wall, created by Hawaiian artists Estria and Prime, with an assist by local street artist Trek6, was completed during Art Basel 2012 as part of Heineken’s Open Your World Mural Project.

“A chat with Prime of 808 Urban”

A look at the Kaka’ako art scene with John “Prime” Hina, founder and program director of the youth art nonprofit, 808 Urban

“808 Urban: Hawaii Nonprofit Inspires Kids With Graffiti”

Welcome to 808 Urban, a community organization in Hawaii. The goal? To empower youth through art. These graffiti murals give these talented kids a creative outlet, an opportunity to make decisions about their community, and represent the integrity of Hawaiian culture.

“808 URBAN Maia Project- EMPOWERING HAWAIIs YOUTH through social entrepreneurship”

Youth are the hope and future of Hawaii. Donors support youth social entrepreneurs through project-based learning in a 12 week arts-education workshop.

“#HNLNightMarket 808 Urban and Youth Speaks Hawaii Creative Arts Battle”

When people walk away from this event we ask them to invest in their best selves, invest into an active community, build supportive bonds, and also show that every individual has the power to change the world around them for the better, inward and outward,” said poet and youth leader Solomon Stoddard.


The 808 URBAN and POW WOW SCHOOL OF ART works with dedicated students over a period of nine months through various after school and Saturday art classes. Led by 808 Urban’s John “Prime” Hina, these workshops will explore contemporary urban art and its influence on commercial culture from the 1950s to the present. Students will discuss changing societal concepts regarding contemporary public “street” art while exploring a variety of artistic concepts, including basic design, color theory, and symbolism. Additional elements that will naturally come from these workshops include self-expression, and cultural awareness, as well as respect for community and nature.


Please come join us for the April Night Market on SATURDAY, APRIL 20th from 6-11pm.  It’s a community event for all ages and supports local artists and businesses.  This month’s theme is GREEN!

“Honolulu Night Market #HNLnightmarket @HNLnightmarket”

Fashion! Food! Pop up Shops! The Honolulu Night Market at Kaka‘ako is a block party celebrating the best of our Kaka‘ako’s urban-island culture, drinks, art, music and more in the heart of Kaka‘ako.

“Lightsleepers x Silent Stage x 808 Urban — Barnyard Animals (2.11)”

Coinciding with Pow Wow Hawaii, Lightsleepers and Silent Stage have put together Barnyard Animals, an artist meet and greet at 808 Urban Refuge in Honolulu, for Monday (2.11) @ 6 PM. Featured artists include Scribe, Alisa Ross, Jim Mahfood, Angry Woebots, CkaweekS and more. Drop by to hang, chat, and check out special products

“Lightsleepers x Silent Stage Gallery x 808 Urban present Barnyard Animals”

Last year, Scribe and Alisa Ross left their mark on O’ahu with a successful art show and a trail of amazing wall murals. This year, they have returned to participate in Pow Wow Hawaii 2013 ( The artistic duo will be participating in the week long art festival, but they will not be able to attend the Pow Wow Block Party Finale. Lightsleepers, Silent Stage Gallery, and 808 Urban have combined their efforts to allow the public to meet Scribe and Alisa at Barnyard Animals, an artists meet and greet.

“808 Urban – Graffiti Workshop taught by Prime”

Graffiti Workshop taught by Prime – an 8 week course focusing on the basic fundamental of Graffiti writing. Every Saturday!


“Go Local at the Honolulu Night Market: 808 Urban”

The Honolulu Night Market throws its doors open again this Saturday night in Kaka’ako.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports food, fashion, gifts, and entertainment are all part of the festivities.

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808 Urban is a collective of artists, volunteers, and community organizers committed to working in low-income neighborhoods at risk of gentrification. We strive to create environments that improve the quality of life for our communities and advocate for progressive social change.


From February 13 to 18, 2012, Honolulu will host more than 30 artists from around the world. Opening and closing events will be held at Loft in Space, with the production of art being done all over the streets of Kaka‘ako. During Pow Wow, the community is encouraged to interact with visiting artists in a creative environment.


When the street tag movement first rolled into Hawai‘i, the 10 Waipahu teens responsible for the graffiti on the wall of Highway Inn weren’t even a glimmer in their mothers’ eyes. This new era of graffiti creators, however, has one up on the originals – the chance to reach out to mentors and legal outlets to develop their craft.


John “Prime” Hina is a legend in the local graffiti scene and has used art to get himself through a risky life. A man of few words, Prime used to run with the intimidating sort of crew that squares like myself would cross the street to avoid. For nearly two decades he blasted walls, earning respect in an era before the internet made graffiti an immediately sharable phenomenon

“808 Urban Colors Hawaii’s Communities”

A couple years back, I met a super-cool guy for a story I was writing on a local street-art organization. You could tell John “PRIME” Hina was still high off of the excitement of starting 808 Urban, which aims to keep at-risk kids out of trouble by way of art. And by art, we’re talking huge murals throughout the community. At the time, he not only hoped to revitalize Hawai‘i but also to change the negative perspective people often have on graffiti. Six years later, and I’d say he has pretty much accomplished that.

“Behind the Wall”

Behind the Wall is a family gathering and celebration fundraiser that will be held on Thursday, September 20th from 6P to 10P (687 Auahi block). Incorporating music by SEPH1 and friends, as well as live art along the street, a silent auction at R/D, a gallery art sale at ii gallery, an improv “Prime Roast” at the Greenhouse, and our Junior Board art sale and featured videos at the 808 Urban Refuge. Enjoy the tasty pupus and beverages provided by local Kaka’ako businesses. Participating artists include: PRIME, Estria, Jasper Wong, Mike BAM, Kamea Hadar, Jeff Gress and many more. This will be a chance to support PRIME and 808 Urban while exploring and interacting with Kaka’ako’s up and coming community-arts district.

“Behind the Wall:Help 808 Urban to Continue its Work with Hawai’i’s Youth”

A little row of the arts community is gathering for a one night event, “BEHIND THE WALL”, to celebrate the work of urban artist John Hina (PRIME) and 808 Urban.  808 Urban is an organization PRIME founded to keep at-risk youth off the streets and to revitalize Hawai’i’s communities through large-scale mural art.  All funds raised will go to the work of PRIME and 808 Urban. Tax-deductible donations are being accepted by Pu’uhonua Society for 808 Urban.  This will be a chance to explore and interact with Kaka’ako’s up and coming community-arts district.

“808 Urban’s Mai’a Project Launch Against Sex-Trafficking”

808 Urban is holding its final launch party for the Mai’a Project Against Sex-Trafficking on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 2 pm to 9 pm located at The Refuge (683 Auahi St. Honolulu, HI 96813). This merchandise launch party and fundraising sale will help to support local artists in their quest to stop human trafficking in Hawai’i. The artists are a part of the group PASS, Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery, and will be selling a variety of items that include t-shirts, healing dolls, stickers, and their own mai’a zine.

Come out and help support this fight against sex trafficking!


Aloha Friends, 
As some of you know I am also part of 808 Urban, a local arts organization whose mission is to support the health of our communities through arts programming. In particular our focus is on local youth and however we can make their voice heard. Our goal right now is to grow through our existing partenships and the creation of new ones.

“Honolulu Battle 3”

When: Saturday September 3, 2011, 12-7pm
Where: 1111 Victoria St, Honolulu, HI (Honolulu Academy of Arts at Linekona)Performances, Activities, Workshops, and Vendors taking place at the event include (*information subject to change):LIVE PERFORMANCES (stage powered by Watt Wheels) Hosted by: Jason Mateo
DJ’s: Lightsleepers; Agana (Oakland, CA)
Spoken Word by Youth Speaks Hawaii
Big Mox
Jason Tom, beatboxer
Turfin247, turfing dance crew (Oakland, CA)

“Not For Sale”

New Works by Prime/Loft In Space/831 Queen Street/On display to September 10 / Prime is considered to be one of the most influential and prolific graffiti writers in Hawai‘i’s history. His active role in creating social change and consciousness through the art form has had a lasting, positive impact on Hawai‘i’s society. In Not for Sale, his first formal showing, the subject matter gracefully straddles both Polynesian and hip-hop history, influenced by the pushing and pulling that these cultures have had on his artistic identity.

“Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle, Honolulu”

Founded in 2007 by graffiti art living legend Estria Miyashiro and arts educator Jason Mateo, the Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle makes its Honolulu stop September 3 at The Honolulu Academy of Arts at Linekona. Twelve of Hawai‘i’s top graffiti artists will compete in the nation’s largest graffiti art competition, which encourages graf writers to communicate social justice issues and empower communities with spirit and beauty. First and second place winners will advance to the finals where they will compete in Oakland against the winners from the Los Angeles and New York City competitions.

“Honolulu Urban Art District”

When people think of Hawaii they tend to picture miles and miles of empty beaches and crystal clear water. While that is definitely a part of Hawaii, we also have another side. Honolulu is a large city with traffic, skyscrapers, and yes, urban art (or graffiti as some would like to call it). Recently, a local group known as 808 Urban formed to help the youth of low-income communities through artwork. Businesses donate money to the organization and, in turn, have a mural painted (or spray painted) on their wall by local artists. Many of these businesses are concentrated in downtown Honolulu, which has resulted in a beautiful collection of unique artwork that is starting to be known as the urban art district.

“Project Spotlight: 808 Urban’s Mai’a Project”

808 Urban is a group of artists, volunteers, and community members on a mission to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods.  Throughout Hawaii, the group focuses on artisitc expression and collaborations with community members in order to promote social change.  They hold community workshops during which participants use visual arts, music, and dance to express feelings about issues affecting themselves and their communities. The Mai’a Project is 808 Urban’s first ever online fundraiser.  This fundraiser started June 6th and spans over the course of 12 weeks.  It allows members of Hawaii’s youth to work with nonprofit clients to design merchandise.  For the project, 808 Urban collaborated with Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS) to encourage people to find visual solutions to raise awareness and stop sex trafficking. 

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The Refuge caught my eye as I was leaving R&D. I looked it up and thought it was a pretty cool project. Here is the description they have on their Facebook site: ‎”The Refuge” is a shop that we are opening in Kakaako. We share this place with Banzai Media and it is located in the same building as Hank’s Hautedogs. We are going to be selling 808 Urban merchandise, and Spanish Montana Spray Paint. We will also be holding workshops to the general public.Both of these could be awesome additions to our community. Check them out!

“Find Art Full Schedule”

From June 25-30, Honolulu’s hive of art, food, retail and nightlife – Chinatown – becomes the site of FIND ART: Celebrating Community + Creativity. Over three days, FIND ART reconfigures Chinatown into a wonderland of family, music, art, and craftivism, with a goal of reinforcing local community connections. 

FIND ART brings visiting established artists and musicians into a creative mashup with their local peers and the public. The mix includes five contemporary visual artists from the mainland who emphasize community involvement in their work. In addition, four local artists will engage with and “play” with public space and the public in general.

“Find Art About the Artists”

Carolyn Castaño is a Los Angeles-based artist and recent recipient of the California Community Foundation Getty Fellowship and prestigious C.O.L.A Individual Artist Fellowship. Castaño’s work was featured in Los Angeles County Museum’s critically acclaimed exhibition Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement and has been lauded by the Los Angeles Times as “darkly beautiful.” From 2008–2011, the artist worked on the community-based Watts House Project, which worked to enhance the residences in the area around the landmark Watts Towers by Simon Rodia.

“The 808 Urban Refuge”

The Refuge is the physical manifestation of 808 Urban, a non-profit arts collective founded by John “Prime” Hina in 2006 with its mission to “keep at-risk youth off the streets and to revitalize Hawai’i’s communities through large-scale mural art.” Urban art aficionados may recognize Prime’s acclaimed graffiti work found on a number of large wall murals around Honolulu.

“Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS) in partnership with 808 Urban and artist Sierra Dew team up on the Mai’a Project to empower YOUTH through social entrepreneurship.”

See how this project will teach kids how to market their skills and create a socially conscious product that helps PASS’s mission to stop human-trafficking!

“Freestyle: Help 808 Urban use Art to Change Lives”

The Mai’a Project is about giving youth arts and entrepreneurial savvy — letting them learn how to run their own operation, taking it from idea to fruition. Youth will design concepts and propose products for clients, which, if successful, can in turn raise funds for their own education and art classes.Youth, teaching artists/educators, 808 Urban and the client all share in proceeds from the merchandise.

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“Sister Lubei mural in Ka’ka’ako”

Sister Lubei mural in Kaka’ako. PRIME @ Work! Big Ups and maaad Love for the 808 URBAN crew for taking the time and showin us some love…#genuineALOHA



 “808 Urban Junior Board Mural”

We caught up with the 808 Urban crew in Waipahu for the unveiling of their newest mural at Highway Inn. It was a great event.There was lots of live music for the people who came out for the unveiling. Natural Vibes, waipahu’s own  Rebel Souljahz, and more. Not to mention all the live art you have come to expect at an 808 Urban jam.

“808 Urban Waipahu Mural”

On saturday, 11/12/11 I ran into the 808 Urban group working on their new mural. It’s in Waipahu next to the Don Quijote. Check it out!

“Goodwill and 808 Urban Collaborate”

Empowering youth to reach their full potential, sounds great doesn’t it?  Well there are groups and organizations out there that really are doing this.  Groups that are working together.  One such collaboration is between Goodwill Industries of Hawaii (GIH) and 808 Urban. Sierra Dew, clothing and jewelry designer phenom, met 808 Urban’s director John Hina over a year ago.  She was so impressed with his talent and heart for the youth and is now herself a valued 808 Urban mentor.  Amanda Corby, public relations powerhouse (owner & creative director of Under My Umbrella, LLC), lends her expertise to the group utilizing her skills, driven by her passion for empowering the youth.They met with representatives from Goodwill and are planning future partnerships that involve elements of design, the re-use/recycle movement and dream-building.  We’ll tell you more as the projects develop.  But for now Sierra Dew and Amanda Corby have graciously accepted a donation of sewing notions and fabric for their urban art workshops to build out these programs.  The materials were donated to Goodwill by someone who worked at the organization years ago but wishes to remain anonymous.

“808 Urban / Water Rights / Estria”

Made a quick stop at the “Water Rights” wall being done up by 808 Urban & The Estria Foundation.  PRIME, VOGUE, KRUSH, & DZINE was chopping away at the Megadon wall.


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“Canned goods: One local non-profit is improving the island, one wall at a time.”

Since the modern aerosol revolution began, graffiti artists have fiercely defended the legitimacy of their art form, and rightly so. But the artists themselves will also be the first to tell you that graffiti, by nature, isn’t always art. It’s a lesson that Jordan Arenas, a rising senior at James Campbell High School, learned the hard way.“A few years ago I got arrested for it,” said Arenas. “I had to do community service and I had to go to counseling. Just like any other thing, there’s a good side and a bad side to graffiti. There’s a positive side of just doing art but there’s another side where people just want to destroy and destruct things. If I didn’t get involved in 808 Urban, God knows what else I’d be doing.” 808 Urban is a non-profit collective of local artists that emphasizes the importance of expression through graffiti, music and dance, and the possibility of art bringing about personal and social change. John “Prime” Hina, who was one of the trailblazers of the local graffiti scene in the 1980s, founded 808 Urban in his own backyard.


“808 Urban/ Hawaii/Our Town 808”

Known as “Benches”(a gathering place). This is where you’ll find an artist for hire, see upcoming events with 808 Urban, or simply exchange ideas.




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