Hurley x Contrast Anti Canvas…
Pai’ea Projects’ designer and photographer Paul Kema is invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Hurley x Contrast Anti Canvas Boardshort Art Show & Auction, which will be held at Nextdoor on Dec. 2. Doors will be open from 5:00pm-9:30pm for the art show and silent auction. Entry is free before 9:30pm. After-party will follow till 2am.
This event will be held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk and all of the proceeds will benefit Pow Wow Hawai’i and Japan Disaster Relief Fund.
Hurley and Contrast invited 30 artists to create artwork that will be placed on Hurley boardshorts, which becomes one-of-one pieces that are auctioned off for charity.
The title of Paul’s boardshort art is “Pa’i'ai Pusha” and is a tribute to the work of Mana Ai and the surf wear of the Ancient Hawaiians.
“The inspiration for my piece was Daniel Anthony (pictured above) of Mana Ai and all his efforts to legalize, educate and perpetuate the cultural practice of pa’i'ai pounding,” says Kema. “I wanted to create something that was visually captivating and bring back the original Hawaiian Surf Shorts, the Malo.”
Hurley utilizes a “sublimation” process to make a one-of-a-kind board short with the art that will be auctioned off for the charities. This manufacturing method uses a heat transferring process that preserves the integrity and details of the design.
Kema is choosing to donate the funds raised from his boardshort art to Pow Wow Hawai‘i:
“I really admire what Jasper Wong, Kamea Hadar, Christa Wittmier, Tiffany Tanaka and their crew has done to bring this amazing event– that started in Hong Kong– here to Hawai‘i,” explained Kema. “Last year was incredible and with more artists getting involved, I can’t wait to see what’s in store this year!”