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.