Our boy Kuha’o Zane landed the cover of the latest Mana Magazine. Check it out…

Everyone Loves Bikinis…

The Stoli Winter Series fashion show went down yesterday at the Modern Honolulu. Kaimana Beachwear owner & designer Ben Fieman asked PP to come down and help shoot the event. We’re all about helping support local artists, especially during events like this. Hope you enjoy his work!

Kaimana Beachwear: @_sarahaimee, @benfieman & Shelsea Brown

Mahalo @supercw & @kaimanabeachwear for putting together this Stoli Winter Series Event!


This Friday…

Sig Zane Designs x Hurley…

Thursday night in Kaka’ako…

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.

Playing tourist…

Text: Daniel Ikaika Ito
Images: Paul Kema

The Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa officially unveiled its multimillion dollar renovation to the public this past weekend, showcasing the reinvigorating interior design by Sig Zane, Nalani Kanaka‘ole and their son, Kuha‘o. The alohawear designers also tapped several other local artists and designers for the extensive resort project. The Native Hawaiian artwork throughout the hotel has given the property new energy, but more importantly the Zaneʻs work honors Keauhou and its kanaka. Pai‘ea Projects was blessed to be invited to the Grand Opening of the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa, and here is a photographic tour that attempts to convey the stunning images and scenery of the property to the blog-reader. While the photos are amazing, the beauty and mana of the property should be experienced firsthand. Sig with Bobby and Eddy Gellert, who are two of the owners of the property.

These ‘Ohe Kapala sculptures greet guests when they first pull up to the resort, and were made by master-carpenter Jeff Gomes, who also made the ‘ohia door at the Sig Zane shop in Hilo.

Jeff also made this installation out of ‘ohia wood– per Sigʻs request– and it lives behind the hotel reception desk.

Photographers Bruce Omori and Tom Kuali‘i talking about the resort with Sig. Bruce and Tom had their stunning lava flow photos put up on glass installations right outside of the reception area.

The Flying Fish is the resortʻs outfitter retail and activity center, which carries Sig Zane Designs, Kealopiko and gear. I forgot my surfshorts in Hilo and was planning to buy some here, but they didn’t have any for sale…wink, wink…nudge, nudge.

Although they weren’t sell boardies, they did have my favorite coconut water, Waiola, for sale. This was the first place in Hawai‘i I’ve seen Waiola sold.

One of two pools at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa.

Wooden-board builder Gary Young and Sig enjoying a Waiola. “The Ainakai Alaia are a foam core, epoxy laminated of Koa and chocolate albizia – fully functional fin-less, rocker-less, old style boards without fiberglass,” says Young, who is one of a few wooden-surfboard builders. His shapes greet guests when they enter the resort’s restaurant.

“Prompted by Sig Zane and the Ainakai Restaurant project, I was able to start a new series of water pieces of the surrounding Sheraton Kona area: Typically a higher elevation of viewing the coastline with itʼs dramatic cliffs, deeper water and foam splashed lava rocks,” says Doug Young, pictured here with his artwork in the restaurant.

The main watering hole of the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa, named after the manta rays which frequent the bay that the bar overlooks.

Underwater photographer Wayne Levin and Mighty Printing’s Zeke Trejo stand in front of Wayne’s 50-foot photo which Zeke enlarged and installed on the walls of the “Ray Bar.”

So cool!

Talking story in the lobby.

When Aunty Nalani starts sharing the Hawaiian culture everybody listens and probably gets chicken skin from something amazing she says.

The owners and the interior designers of the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa.

“Shoots Den!!!” We got hamski at the Grand Opening reception. Checkout and for a full recap of the event and the Kona party.


Get yours tomorrow at the FITTED store, opening at 11am.

Paiʻea Projects x FITTED Kepaniwai Pack…

Pack Drops Saturday, September 8, available at the FITTED store and online.

The Bitter Water of Battle

The Pai’ea Projects x Fitted Kepaniwai Pack was inspired by one of the most-bitter battles recorded in Hawaiian History. It is said that this was the most pivotal assault for Kamehameha the Great while conquering Maui. In 1790, Kamehameha (aka Paiʻea) led a brutal campaign to take over the Valley Isle while its ruling Mōʻī (King), Kahekili, was conquering O’ahu. As a result, Maui was under the rule of Kahekili’s son, Kalanikūpule, and left vulnerable to invaders. Kamehameha and his peleleu (armada of canoes) landed on the shores of Kahului, Maui with approximately 1200 warriors.

“I mua e nā pōkiʻi a inu i ka wai ʻawaʻawa (Forward, my younger brothers, until you drink of the bitter water of battle),” yelled Kamehameha to his warriors as they advanced from the shores of Kahului.

With firearms blasting and kanaka maoli hitting the ground like ripe ‘ulu falling from the breadfruit tree, Kalanikūpule and his defending-forces were pushed back into ‘Iao Valley. The Maui warriors may have stood a chance were it not for the Western weapons of Kamehameha’s haole homies, Isaac Davis and John Young.

During the bloody encounter, Kalanikūpule escaped to O’ahu, but his warriors were not as lucky. Outgunned and overpowered, the defeated defenders attempted to elude the invading army by climbing the cliffs of ‘Iao Valley, but they were shot down with the cannons of Davis and Young. “Ka‘uwa‘upali” (cliff-clawing) is another name for this violent encounter, which describes the Maui warriors as they attempted to desperately escape the cannon balls.

Ke ʻīnana la me he ‘ōpae ‘oeha‘a (Active like freshwater shrimp), which is said of the scattered warriors who climb rocks and hillsides to escape death.

The Maui forces’ dead bodies dammed the ‘Iao River, and the water ran red with blood. Hence this battle’s more popular name, “Kepaniwai” (dammed waters).

Pai‘ea had many ties to the second largest Hawaiian Island. His mother, Keku‘iapoiwa II, was a princess from the Valley Isle, as well as many of his wives.  The Kepaniwai pack commemorates his conquest of Maui: the red in the basketball jersey and New Era rip-stop snapback pays homage to the blood that was spilled at “Kepaniwai” and the royal bloodline that links Kamehameha to the Kekaulike Dynasty. Many believe Pai‘ea’s biological father was Kahekili, who was one of Kekaulike’s 15 sons. The #23 on the basketball jersey is a shout out to Kekaulike, who was the 23rd Mō‘ī of Maui.

Mixed Martial Artist Ilima Maiava—who is proudly wearing the Kepaniwai Pack in these images—also has a noteworthy lineage. The 29-year-old, Wai Side native is the grandson of pro wrestler Neff Maiava, nephew of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and brother of Cleveland Browns linebacker, Kaluka Maiava. The 6’2” kanaka maoli recently defeated Wesley Golden via TKO in the main event of the Unorthodox Industries Championship 8 at the Lahaina Civic Center. He was undefeated as an amateur fighter, and has a 2-2 professional record. Although the 205 lbs. division was challenging for Ilima, he dominated the 195 lbs. weight class (try ask Wesley Golden) and is planning to drop to 185 lbs. division. As a warrior of the octagon, the native Hawaiian tasted the “bitter water of battle” firsthand, and has a modern-day warrior’s blood running through his veins.

Kepaniwai o ʻIao

Muscle Music…

We are witnessing the future of Internet commercials with this Old Spice commercial. Interesting. Innovative. Interactive. It will be interesting to see how people adapt this Vimeo drum machine to market other products.


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Friday, August 10, 2012

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Members of partner institutions free (ID req’d).
$10 for adult
$5 for children 4-12
3 and under are free

Join us for an evening of family fun at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and ‘Iolani Palace. Each institution will have special events and programs, food, music and more. Free shuttle service between the three will be provided.

Hawaiian Hall and the J. Watumull Planetarium will be open. Offerings including planetarium programs, cultural storytelling, an interactive hula program, and docent-led guided tours through Hawaiian Hall. Families can enjoy educational art activities related to two upcoming exhibitions, Textured Lives and HI Fashion: The Legacy of Alfred Shaheen while live music, three food trucks, and a no-host bar round out the evening’s events.

5 – 9:00 p.m.: Art activities on the Gallery Lawn
5 -1 0:00 pm: Docent-led guided tours through Hawaiian Hall
5:30 – 10 p.m.: Live music on the Gallery Lawn
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.: “Sky Tonight” Planetarium shows (every hour on the half hour)
6:00 – 9:30 pm: “Ola Na Moolelo” storytelling and “Hula Nei” interactive hula program (every hour on the hour)


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Taking the sample of the latest Pai’ea Projects x Fitted x New Era Snapback on a test run in New York.


“I know karate. I know jiu-jitsu. I drive like a gangsta when I come to see you…”

Prima Hawaii…

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Prima Hawaii in Kailua, then you owe your palette an apology. PP ate several dinners at the Italian food restaurant, and their food is unreal! Prima uses fresh, local ingredients for their unique dishes, and uses teched-out cooking devices (kiawe wood-fired oven and thermal emulsion circulator) to prepare culinary experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the 50th State. This is the coolest spot to eat Italian cuisine, and is run by our homies. Shout out to Aker, Lindsey, Kanoe and the VJs! PP was hired to shoot photos of the restaurant for their freshly updated website and brochure. Visit them online HERE to find out more information.

Hello Brooklyn…

The Brooklyn Nets unveiled their new logo design today. Looks dope!

Grow Hawaiian Festival This Weekend…

Mauka/Makai Release Party Recap…

Vans Vault Mauka Makai Release Party from Sharks & Rays on Vimeo.

“To celebrate the release of the Mauka & Makai Pack. Kicks/Hi, Sig Zane Designs and Vans Vault took over the Wai’oli Lounge in Hilo Hawai’i during Merrie Monarch Week to party Hilo style.

From the beach to the mountains, Sig Zane for KICKS/HI links with Vans Vault on a pair of releases, which make up the “Mauka to Makai” Pack. The set consists of Vans’ Era LX Premium as well as the Chukka Boot LX Premium, as the Era notes Makai inspiration (the beach) and the Chukka Boot sees a connection with Mauka (the mountains). You can expect the range to become available on April 14 through appropriated retailers such as KICKS/HI in Honolulu and Guam, Sig Zane Designs in Hilo and Saint Alfred in Chicago. They will be available online April 16th at

Merrie Monarch is the prime time to experience the best of Hawaiian language and culture in Hilo. This is when world renown Kumu Hulas, Hawaiian musicians and performers alike gather and celebrate for a whole week. The Wai’oli Lounge release party was no exception, Kumu Hula and Merrie Monarch judge Nalani Kanakaole was the main attraction that night, and at her call her Halau O Kekuhi dancers performed for the guests. We also were graced with Na Hoku Hanohano 2012 Nominee Female Singer of the Year Lehua Kalima, Kumu Hula Napua Makua and her lovely ladies of Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka, Merrie Monarch 2012 winner Kumu Hula Manu Boyd, falsetto singer Bulla Ka’iliwai, and Hilo native Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole to end the night. It was truly an honor to have all of these guests in the same room the night of Kahiko competion!

We would also like to mahalo our sponsors for letting us put on a Hilo celebration! Mahalo to Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Cazadores, Bacardi, Contrast, Vans, KICKS/HI, and Sig Zane Designs! It wouldn’t have been possible with out you and your support!!”

-Kuha’o Zane,
Sig Zane Designs


Weaving a Lei of Tradition from Oiwi TV on Vimeo.

Behind the Scenes with PK…

Our designer and photographer Paul Kema (PK) recently “starred” in the Sig Zane for Kicks/HI “Mauka to Makai” by Vans Vault 2012 teaser (video above), which was shot and edited by Luke Aguinaldo. In conjunction with this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival, the limited-edition shoes drop on Saturdy, April 14 at the Sig Zane shop in Hilo, Kicks/HI in Honolulu and Guam, and Saint Alfred in Chicago. Ito caught up with PK before he left for Hilo to attend the release party and after party on Friday night to get the behind the scenes scoop.

Ito: How did you get involved with the Mauka/Makai pack trailer?

Paul: KZ called me up and said the guys from Kicks/HI were coming into town (Hilo), and that he wanted to take ‘em down to Miloli’i. I saw design layouts for the Mauka/Makai pack before in his office and figured Omoka’a would be the perfect place to shoot. Plus, I’m all for any chance to go holoholo down there.

Where were you laying the net and what’s significant about the area?

Omoka’a is my familys’ fish pond down in Miloli’i. My father and his father spent their childhood days playing in the pond. Uncle Sam now takes care of the property, which runs from the road (Mauka) to ocean (Makai).

Did you catch any fish? What kind?

Only some manini and small uhu so we threw ‘em back. We spent, like 15minutes trying to release a couple of turtles that got tangled. It was spawning season for Mullets so my uncle wouldn’t let us cross net the main pond.

Have you and your brother, Matt, did any modeling before?

I did a fashion spread for Contrast. I’m a lot more comfortable behind the camera.

What was the best part of the shoot?

Singing karaoke on the beach! Miloli’i has no electricity, but my uncle has a whole setup complete with generator, lights, TV and Karaoke machine. He loves to sing, and is surprisingly really good, too. After a Mickey’s 40 or two, he really gets into it. Elle and his infamous “Molokai Slide” was freaking hilarious!

Who directed the shoot, and what kind of directing style did they have?

Loksi (Luke Aguinaldo) was filming us. He didn’t really say much, kind of just watched us do our thing and captured what he needed.

What’s your favorite shoe in Sig Zane Designs x Kicks/HI x Vans Vault Mauka/Makai pack?

Mauka (pictured above)!  Love the Sig Zane print and color way. Makai is dope, but I’d never wear that baby blue unless I was on a stay-cation in Waikiki or Tahiti.

Most dominant duo in basketball, ever…


model w/ no name from cliff kapono on Vimeo.

“I want a mutant small wave board…don’t be afraid to get a little freaky.”

-Cliff Kapono
5’5″ x 19.75 x 2.5

Paʻiʻai Pusha…

Only one pair of the “Paʻiʻai Pusha” was created for the Hurley x Contrast Anti Canvas. You can bid on them for charity on Friday, Dec. 2 at Nextdoor. All of the proceeds generated from this boardshort art goes to Pow Wow Hawai’i.