ANA is Japan's largest airline and you might recall that in 2018, they introduced the Flying Honu. As the first Japanese-operated Airbus 380, the Flying Honu brings hundreds of passengers on a direct flight from Japan to Hawai'i. In celebration of their Flying Honu aircraft, which if you don't know is painted like a turtle (or honu in Hawaiian), they came to me to explore some of my favorite things about traveling to the islands.
“A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral." - Teddy Roosevelt You didn't think I could write about the National Parks without quoting Teddy Roosevelt did you?! Well just like Teddy, the great folks at the Parks Project believe it's our responsibility to promote, protect, and preserve public lands, which is why every purchase supports conservation projects in our national parks.
We had such a blast working on the the first Kahala shirt, the 'Makai,' that creating a second exclusive design collaboration was a no-brainer. Since we went makai (toward the sea) last time, we felt it was only right to go mauka (toward the mountains) for this one. On the surface, Hawai‘i seems to be known for endless sand beaches, crystal clear water and reefs.
OluKai is a Hawaiian-inspired footwear company that is constantly innovating around the type of comfy and cozy shoe they bring their people. They make shoes that I actually love to wear, which is saying something for a surf bum whose in and out of sand a lot. It isn't my first time working with OluKai, but this was a very different kind of collaboration with them.
The aloha shirt is about as ubiquitous in Hawaii as the palm tree. Worn by just about everyone, the islands are always craving new takes on an old classic. Or at least that's what I tell myself when I enthusiastically agree to take on an aloha shirt collaboration. And as far as the aloha shirt is concerned, Kahala is legend. Together, we created the new 'Makai' shirt for their 2019 Summer Collection.
Shirts, totes, hats, towels...and now hydroflasks! LeaLea is a Japanese travel and merchandising company in love with Hawaii. They asked me to design a kawai (Japanese for cute) surf scene for their exclusive water bottles. If you've been following my work for a while, you know that surf dudes, dudettes, and doggos are my jam, and this collaboration was no exception.
Fellow classic car enthusiast and vintage-modern designer Roberta Oaks and I got together to collaborate on the ultimate nod to our favorite Hawaiian era, the aloha shirt. We've collaborated on two limited-run aloha shirt patterns made with aloha right here in Hawaii.
Drew these kooks for Jamba Juice Hawaii's holiday gift cards. For the smoothie/acai bowl fiends, I mean friends, in your life. It was a blast to create these fun illustrations to celebrate the holiday season with a tropical and also uniquely Hawaiian way. Complete with a party wave and tiny mango shakes.
Kahala Mall reached out to me to create three vintage-inspired illustrations for their summer tote promotion. Any visitor to the mall who spent $350 and redeemed their receipts, received one of these limited-edition custom-designed bags.
I created this print for Acme Furniture and Pig & Rooster's collab. in Japan featuring interior design that compared Honolulu lifestyle to the Tokyo aesthetic.