AUAHI ST. COLLECTIVE TO PRESENT: “BEHIND THE WALL”, A CELEBRATION FUNDRAISER FOR 808 URBAN’S FOUNDER, JOHN “PRIME” HINA
Honolulu, HI (September 20th, 2012) –On Thursday, September 20th from 6P to 10P along Auahi Street in Kaka’ako (687 Auahi block)—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.
The event includes a silent auction of various artworks in R/D from area creative’s including Fresh Café, Fishcake, Na Mea Hawai’i, R/D, 808 Urban, Native Books, Lana Lane Studios, and others. Bid on commissioned artwork from Jasper Wong, Kamea Hadar, Jeff Gress and original artwork from some of our best street artists, including Estria, BAM, and PRIME himself. Other items include a limited number of mystery grab bags with creative swag ($50+value) with a $20 price tag, a “complete street” of chalking, walking and talking, thanks to Poni and Brandon of Street Grindz. Bring your own chair, or buy one already painted by Lana Lane Studios art crew NA ALAKAI. All types of pupus offered by Maile and Marissa at ii gallery, where Dana’s Little Black Bag exhibition will be showing for the last night. Catch an improv comedy “PRIME Roast” by Improvhi and the Original Jams Improv Show at the Greenhouse. Our Junior Board youth artists will be selling original art in 808 Urban’s The Refuge, and quick drawn originals will be behind the wall at ii gallery, at great prices-curated by John Koga. There will be a pile of shirts to dig through at low tag prices from a1000x, in4mation, Hawaii Imagination, Lost Kingdom, VERS, 808 Urban and others. Music will be added to the mix, as will a couple food trucks–all in celebration of PRIME and 808 Urban.
About 808 Urban
808 Urban started off as a backyard project six years ago by 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 50 large-scale mural projects throughout Hawai’i, offered over a hundred free arts workshops, produced numerous community arts events and launching the Junior Board initiative, collaborated with dozens of local organizations and businesses, and has recently opened a new community arts hub called The Refuge.