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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-07-20 8:58 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Hey, the Big Island of Hawaii has asked me to represent small business at a special Hawaiian Business Expo on Capital Hill In Washington DC.
First Time ever in History!
http://www.cochawaii.org/hawaiis-industries-to-gather-at-the-nations-capitol-for-the-first-ever-taste-of-hawaii-on-the-hill/

I Know! My art agent and I went to the head chair person of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce to make SURE they knew what I kind of Art did …and she said "Yes! The Mayor of the big Island loves your Art! So does the Governor! We'd love you to go to Washington DC and show your work on behalf of the Big Island!"

Wow! OK! How do you say no that that? Well…you don't! So, We're gonna set up our table & show some way swanky Tiki-Art! Hand out autographed Tiki-Art calendars to every Congressperson and Representative we can! We got key chains, post cards, magnets, …ah…towels, all kine stuff! Of corse no one will tell us if the President is going to be there or not….but, I got a funny feeling since this has NEVER taken place before, and the President just happens to be from Hawaii, maybe he'll do a walk through… If so... I gotta' get a photo of him and me doing a "Shaka"!

Off I go - gotta catch my flight!
A L O H A !

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"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my own personal Yoda)


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-07-20 9:11 pm   Permalink

As one who knows how long it takes to post photos here I say a huge thank you for the fantastic ride though your missing days. Very very cool indeed. That was a tiki feast. I hope you do meet the president from Hawaii. Someone photoshopped such a picture of Gecko and he was thrilled. It would be great for a real one. However what you have scheduled far exceeds most trips.

Cheers, Wendy
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-07-30 11:05 pm   Permalink

danlovestikis (aka Wendy) thanks! Yeah it was crazy! I don't think I'll ever again Have an art show at The Biggest Low-Brow gallery on the West Coast : La Luz De Jesus, & an invitation to represent the Big Island of Hawaii at an Expo in Washington D.C. PLUS an invitation to the owner of Body Glove's special river Vacation hone named "THE TIKI SHACK" all in a few weeks again in my life! Whew! Dat was nuts!
Let me tell ya' a few high lights if you have not been looking at FB… here's some different stuff more for Tiki Tribe ears and eyes!
Pretend you are sitting in my swanky home Tiki-Bar" and I got a slide projector and you got a ice cold Mai-Tai…or like dat and here we go…
(Click)

(L to R)
My Art Agent Abbas, Hawaiian State Senator Mazie Horono (sweet lady!), and then some low-brow Tiki-Artist guy.
OK…. It all started after I was working like crazy getting my big Tiki-Art-Show ready for La Luz. Thank the Tiki gawks, that all went really well! THANX everyone who came out on a Holiday, and bought Tiki-Art, or even just was there spreading the Aloha! Awesome!

….even though I was totally freaked out. Inside, I don't think I was ready. I was visualizing a bigger show. 'Cause the time I was supposed to be getting Tiki-Art done for da' show, I was all distracted by this dag-nab-dumb copy-right law-suit where Cafe-Press stole my art. Yep...It's still going on, and I have no idea what's happening. Really, my lawyer sends me e-mails, ….and I know they are in English ….and I know I can read. ...but I still have no idea what they say. They are written in some sort of Lawyer-Secret Code… and no guy on da' street can ever figure out what they say, mean, or are about.
Well, at least I can't!

Anywho…. "The Chamber of Commerce of Kona-Kohala" asked me to represent the Big Island of Hawaii at a first-time-ever "Taste of Hawaii Business Expo on Capital Hill"!

Wow!

I mean, I wasn't really ready to leave my beloved island again just yet, BUT... you just cannot say no when your STATE asks you to rep them in D.C. …especially HAWAII, (which I dearly love) …nope, just can't… Not to a honor like dat! And asked by such nice Hawaiian Folks. Wouldn't Be ALOHA. So Gotta'!


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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-07-30 11:43 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Pretend you're in my swanky Enchanted-Tiki-Room.
Lowering the lights in my Home-Tiki-Bar…
Everyone still happy with their Mai-Tais?
Cool!

Vacation/Business-Trip slide-show a-go-go….
Next Slide Please….
(CLICK)

The tall dude is my art agent, and guy in da' hat is you-know-who.
OK…. the very first ever "Taste of Hawaii on Capital Hill" business Expo was a great idea that became an amazing event!
Great time! Great People!
Next Slide please.
(CLICK)

A Really fun bunch of folks - each from their Hawaiian Island... representing their island, an' small (or sometimes big) business.
Yeah. I know. Coulda' been a snoozer …but the people were FUN, and FULL of ALOHA!

Here's a News-Story on da' expo…

http://www3.hoh.rollcall.com/capitol-hill-feasts-on-hawaiian-hospitality-video/

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"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-07-31 12:05 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Next Slide please….
(CLICK!)

Started out with a really swanky tour o-da' White House! Great! Never been!
OK, now it was a little bit …ah funny that the Hawaiian delegation was slated for a White House tour at 7:45AM the first day when there is a 6 hour time difference tween Hawaii and DC. Oh yeah, that was funny!
However, the energetic, perky, and super-nice Leighton Kim Oshima (Senator Hirono's husband) was our VIP Tour guide zipping us though Security… which involved a dog sniffing us (hidden behind a wall) and if the dog made a happy noise you can go ahead, but if he makes a unhappy noise…no White Casa for you! I didn't know what was going on till after, n' I asked "Hey you all hear a dog?" I was sorta' startled - thinking I shoulda' worn clean underwear that morning, but guess it was cool with da' dog!

No photos allowed inside the W.H. Amazing Art is all I gotta' say! Wow! Totally worth it, even if security took as long as the tour! Amazing!

Next Slide please….
(CLICK!)

The hotel we stayed at was total swank! Amazing history! Where we were in D.C. -every building was built like a Masonic Temple! Beautiful!
The streets were spotless, the people were all very culturally mixed, (we stayed on the edge of China Town) and everyone was soo freakin' nice!
None of the horror stories we had been told were true. The place was SWEET! ...and dripping with history!

Next Slide please….
(CLICK!)

Inside the hotel, - a cool Disney Haunted Mansion feel, yet swanky. The folks working at the hotel, the museums, the stores, the food trucks, even people on the street all had this great 'tude. Very much like being at Disney Land… really. A tourist town, where the people know you be nice to the tourists so they blow their tourist bucks…that, or they are truly proud of all the awesome history all around you.
….



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"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my own personal Yoda)


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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-07-31 12:53 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

So we spent a quite night in the Haunted Mansion…except for some weird noise in our room we could not identify, but we were so jet lagged we just fell asleep anyway.
Next day another cool tour for the Hawaiian delegation!
Secret under-ground city beneath D.C. ...and the Capital Building!

We met up at Senator Hirono's office, then she took us all down stairs to an under ground level with a lot of doors leading off to very interesting offices: I swear N' one room I saw some important looking' guys in suits sitting at a table with a bunch of documents & photos all spread out, but the meeting seemed to be lead by a nine-year-old kid! Strange.
In another room, I caught a glimpse of a strange machine that looked circa 1940's like something outa' a Flash Gordan episode, but it was turned-on, working, sparking snakes o' electricity- And the old-guy wearing 1940's style clothing fiddling with it caught me looking and like gave me the stink-eye… I kept on stepping!
X-files! Very X-files!
Then we got on a under ground tram and went really fast!

Great ride - right outa Disney Land!

Then we got handed over to a guide named Chris, and the only person I've met taller than Abbas.

We enter the Visitor's Center - huge room like Grand central station.
The very first statue you see is…

King Kamehameha!
Wow, everyone in our group goes nuts, we all gotta get pictures!
Our Guide, Chris, tells us the strange story about the statue.
Seems it's bigger than all the other statues in the capital buildings… like he's 7 foot instead of the usual 6 foot. He weighs a LOT! The engineers figure out the only place they can put the heavy King Kamehameha statue is in a certain part of the "Hall of Statues" that has a huge support pillar beneath it. However, it's a little out of the way, and kinda' in the dark. Well, seems King Kamehameha is not happy there. A mysterious crack forms in the marble floor beneath the statue. This spot is no longer safe to hold this massive statue… the engineers figure out the only other safe place is in the front of the visitors center, right by the entrance.
So he's now the first statue greeting visitors to the capital.

No one from Hawaii is surprised to hear this. This kinda stuff goes on in da' islands a lot.

OK…6 hours time change is catching up with me…that's all for now, Tiki Tribe, I'm off to bed.
More laters!

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"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my own personal Yoda)


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Posted: 2014-07-31 09:43 am   Permalink

http://www.kitv.com/news/taste-of-hawaii-on-the-hill-entertains-crowd/27122526#!bsdrws

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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-07-31 11:47 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
So, there we are: We're having a great time in Washington D.C. Representing the Big Island….
meeting up with folks in delegations from each of the other Hawaiian Islands

This is the actual plaster cast of the Figure of "Liberty" which stands atop the Capital Dome!
She stands and looks across the room at King Kamehameha!

Inside the Dome looks like dis'.

Laters, we broke up into a smaller group of die-hard history buffs and we made the tour guide take us
to the only Other famous "Hawaiian-based" statue in the Capital - a statue of Father Damian! Yep - Father Damien aka Saint Damien of Molokai !

It's a cool Bronze stylized pop modern statue. It's block-like style, mislead people to think that Father Damien
wore some weird cage to prevent the lepers he ministered to from touching him! (Not True)
His tale is just one more amazing story of Hawaii…if you don't know about him, please, read up on this incredible man:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Damien

At the swanky party at Google HQ we were treated to live Hawaiian music.
Like... the amazing young ukulele phenom Aidan James!
Rawk-On Aidan - U should meet my friends "The Crazed Mugs!" - I feel another CD cover-painting coming on!

Senator Mazie Hirono, and her husband Leighton Kim O Shima, kept the event Up-Beat and full of ALOHA!

I think I kinda' lost my fedora hat and my innocence at the Hawaiian Caucus Party at Google HQ.
-( boy, I gotta tell ya', I kinda' got a personal weakness for Awesome, Brilliant, Curvaceous, Inebriated, Funny, Women from Maui! ) ~
OH-KEE….Lots of stuff! So much I can't even remember it all….

Some How, I found time 'Tween Events to work in my Sketch Book… (like Kenny told me - on 2015 Tiki-Products we're doing hand in hand with K.C. Hawaii -

More Laters!!


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Posted: 2014-08-01 09:08 am   Permalink

What a fun trip. I especially like your comment about Maui girls. It's good to see you having fun as well as working hard. Thank you for the fun tag-a-long. Wendy
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-08-01 1:43 pm   Permalink

Wendy - Thank you - I figure I can let the Tiki Tribe here on TC know a little more about the details of my off-beat miss-adventures, and I get a lot more aloha for just being one of the Tribe….
A lot more went on, but after D.C. I was asked to join a friend out at this vacation home - named "The Tiki Shack" out at the Colorado River. I'd kinda missed 3 invites already, so no missing this one!

Even though we got up at 5 Am D.C. time, and took a long flight across the mainland, and then drove until…
at 1 AM we ended up in the middle of nowhere, aka "Parker" Arizona!

Time (by way of LAX)! I think it clocked out at a solid 24 hours of travel….ouch!

Before I get to all dat, Here's some nifty Tiki-Art I'm working on this week end I thought you'd dig.

New Tiki-Product I'm working on with a big souvenir company in Hawaii we partnered up with.

More to come…. HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY!


 
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Posted: 2014-08-01 6:13 pm   Permalink

http://www.kona-kohalanews.com/chamber-news/item/hawaii-on-the-hill.html?category_id=1

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-08-01 6:33 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Check it out!
Mr. Tiki Goes to Washington!

So at the Expo, I showed the "Hawaii 50th Anniversary State-Hood Tiki-Mug" that's the one with the "Hawaiian Quarter" embedded in it. Also on display was the "Diga Diga Doo" Tiki Mug, and the "Little Dig" Tiki Mug / shot glass - they sat in front of their matching full sized giclee on canvas art-print of "Diga Diga Doo". "Tiki Cat" sat on the other side, and lots of Tiki-Art calendars, art cards, key chains, stickers, decals, and post cards were grabbed up off the table by some new and some long time tiki fans alike - I signed everything I could. But... for a while it was like watching a Feeding Frenzy!! folks grabbing stuff as fast as they could! SHEESH! Then, things slowed down a bit. I made sure I talked to everyone who seemed interested in "What is Tiki?" Good stuff! A huge hit were the "Monsters N' Hawaii" Post Card sets! Wow, nice to know Tiki and classic movie monster fans are running around the capital… I think. Right?!

We also showed the now sold-out "Body Glove 60th Anniversary Tiki-Mug. People were entranced by all the detail on that baby! All the Tiki-Mugs were made by Tiki Farm. (...some one almost made-off with the highly sought after "State-hood Tiki-Mug at the end! We had to keep an eye on that one, and Abbas's long arm nabbed 'it back just in time once!!) Wow!

Huge success… I think the word of "Tiki" got out there in a really good way that day!

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"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my own personal Yoda)


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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-08-02 10:12 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

At the Business Expo in Washington D.C. I explained to the crowd of Senators and Representatives and businessmen and other such folk, why tI only show in the "Kona Oceanfront Gallery"
They show my Art …exclusively… for mostly for the entire globe!
Only one gallery.
In small Kailua-Kona-town.
On one of the "outer Islands"… one of the most remote active-volcanic-islands in the world: the Big Island, of Hawaii.

A curious business plan.

Is it the only gallery that would show my Art?
Nope. Several others have asked.
Big chains.
But, I only WANT to show in one Fine Art Gallery. All year.
ONE - (1) Art gallery.
In one small Kona Town.
On one remote island.

Very retro-old style. Like in the "Golden-Era" of Early Hawaiian Tourism: Steam-Ships, and prop-planes, and WEEKS of traveling, a real journey, to get to the paradise you were traveling to.

I think, if you journey for THOUSANDS of miles to get HERE, you should be rewarded by seeing something unique!
Something you won't see back home! Something you can't find on the East Coast, West Coast, Gulf of Mexico. Florida. Or the Caribbean.

If you make the long journey to HAWAII, you should see something made in HAWAII (not china) by an artist living in Hawaii.
There is something intangible and powerful about living on an active, remote, volcanic island, ...dripping with a sanguinary history that could make your hair stand up and turn white!
This place..….it effects your art.
A lot.
So, you should find some thing that reflects this unique place you have traveled so far to find.

Like a gallery that has a Whole WALL of my not very commercial, strange, "what is it?" Pop-Surrealistic Tiki-Art!

…and you could, maybe even meet the low-brow-tiki-artist.
He could "talk story" with you - tell you about the strange things that happened to cause him to paint each and every painting!
Yes, that's correct. Each one was inspired by something that happened to me …right here. On the Big Island.
These paintings are "what I see…filtered through my "artist-mind." Explained as best as I can with the visual voice I have….and the skill set I am trying to improve.

I didn't want to make da' same kine Art you see all over: in Florida, & New York, & Las Vegas, da' same kine Art you see N' every major city.
It's the kine art the gallery KNOWS it can sell.
As soon as I wonder if the painting I am working on is worthy of selling to some poor sap…I have taken the fast track to "Crappy-Crap-Crap-Art", instead of spectacular "Low-Brow-Pop-Surrealism."

I do not make paintings that are distributed by major printers in big time Fine Art Gallery chains, or what's "liked" by Art critics. .

I wanted folks to find Art in Kailua-Kona, that discover this is a very unique to this place.
This is a very special and unique place.
I want people to make a discovery on this "outer island".
I want them to purchase a painting or a giclee Art print that intrigued them, spoke to them, visually spoke to them about the Big Island.
- Then, they will take it home to Nebraska, and show it to their friends.

I hope their friends say something like this:
"JEEPERS CREEPERS! Good-Gosh-All-Mighty-jumping-Jack-Cat-Fish-Where-in-Tar-Nation-did-you-Buy-that… that… that… ah…what-did-they tell-you-it-was-again?!"

Oh how sublime the conversation could be from there. Tourists from the Great state of Nebraska (where I was born) talking about "Low-Brow Art".
I dream of this blissfully.

Every couple of years, I would very much LOVE to show up at La Luz with about 13 paintings that looked like they were created by an inmate/employee of a duo-purpose psychotic-ward and Hilo-Hatties Tourist Gift Shop .

Showing at La Luz every few years or so, is exactly what I dreamed I would love to do as an artist. I think that it's so fulfilling I'm scared one day I will fall out of favor and loose this wonderful time in my life. I'm very lucky they find my work worthy to show.

My Art-Agent ponders this "unique-thing" side of my "ART" … he knows it's really not the big-cash way to go…but he respects my creative needs.

Sure, you can see my Art on line. I survive by "on-line Sales"…because Kailua-Kona just dosn't have the sheer foot traffic it would require to sell enough art to live on here. It's not Oahu or Maui. Of course, there, they may not understand my Tiki-Art, as they do here on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Each Island is very different.

Here, on the Big Island, you can talk-story to your art friends, and tell them about the dream you had, the hike you took, or the "Love Ball" you all ate that some wonderful earth-mother baked for every-one at a party held somewhere in Puna (on the wet-side of the island aka deep jungle rampant with 4th generation flower children and folks who just wish to be off-the-grid for whatever reason. )- Plus, you can all chuckle how every-one sat on the floor and ate their "Love-Ball" dessert, and had very interesting after dinner conversations with each other, or in my case, it seems with my "Low-Brow Art Muse" Ron Perlman - yes the Actor Ron Perlman, dressed as he was in the film "Pacific Rim" in which he played an underworld figure named Hannibal Chau, who, I can see, feel, and hear, while no one else can. He has a vast knowledge of Art history, and frequently tells me & my friends if they inquire of him, while I interpret, whats going wrong with my/our art as it's in- progress. This usually happens while a D.J. tests/plays his special 7 hour special mix of music he's put together for a great party in Dubai coming up - but, don't worry it's only about 7 hours long or so.

Yes, each island is different in person. The Big Island is a very different and fun experience. Has everything from the highest rate resort in the western Hemisphere - to camp-out out -door full moon raves. if you are ready to hear some unusual things and just enjoy them with out wondering if they are exactly what happened or only one person's perception of events, nothing beats talk story with my Hawaiian Friends.
So, I try very hard not to paint things I "Think you will like" but try very hard to paint with all the beauty I can the amazing experiences that seem to happen every day here.

Please, contact the "Kona Oceanfront Gallery" for any interest you may have in purchasing my Art Work. That is, if you can't wait for the 2 to 3 years (yep, at least two YEARS to make the amount and quality of Tiki-Art I feel is an appropriate "body of work") till my next LA showing at "La Luz De Jesus Gallery.

To Contact my Big Island gallery...
Go to …

https://www.facebook.com/OceanfrontGallery

Tell them you hear they are the only Art Gallery to show my Tiki-Art in the northern Hemisphere. Let them know if that's a good thing to be so unique, or if that sounds crazy. They are pondering too. They used to show only happy dolphins and flowers and such things.


Me and my good buddy: Art Gallery Owner Mark Hanna. On the big Island, Mark's the only Gallery owner who believed in me, when everyone else told me they only wanted "happy dolphins" and closed the door in my face. Mark Took a chance, let me have a small space to start, and slowly after many months of working hard to make better looking Art of my visions, (which he NEVER questioned once) he kept giving me more and more wall space. Now I am the entire whole right side of the front window area of the Gallery. "Brad's work is so visually intriguing, he pulls people in from across the street." He smiles. ""They walk in, make a bee-line to the painting they saw, stare at it and ponder why "Dracula" is drinking a Mai Tai". Then they have a good laugh when one of my art experts or I walk over and we chat about it. And then they start looking around at all the other local artists I am making a space for …Who knows? They might walk out with a painting of a happy dolphin, but Brad (Tiki-Shark) Parker got their butts in the Gallery!"


I'm told the Kona Ocean Front Gallery likes now sometimes people come in "looking" for Brad Tiki-Shark Parker Art work! That tourists have changed their travel plans, and traveled very far to come see "IT" in person, and displayed all in one place.

Well, a humble, Big Aloha, and Huge Mahalo Plenty if you are one of those wonderful tourist people. I promise, very soon, newer and even more Unique Tiki-Art is coming!
Maybe, you can plan accordingly?


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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3505
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-08-02 10:35 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe,
Hey, Jus' found out that our Washington D.C. Trip made the Local News Back Here on da' Island! Check it out!

http://www.kitv.com/news/taste-of-hawaii-on-the-hill-entertains-crowd/27122526#!bueVwh

See if you can catch a glimpse of us at the Expo!
A L O H A !


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Kai Koa
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Joined: Nov 11, 2012
Posts: 67
From: Kailua Kona
Posted: 2014-08-03 12:32 am   Permalink

Well put Brad! Your art was and is to me an amazing interpretation of what reminded me of Hawaii once I had to leave and go back home to Seattle after many wonderful vacations here. Your story has helped to push me to quit living the rat race and city life and just move to paradise an pursue my love of what I really enjoy which is playing in the ocean. Like Bob said "Do what you love, love what you do" truly words to live by. Now I live here in paradise making a living as a dive guide, and enjoying this wonderful place called Hawaii. No more looking a your sunset pictures on-line and being jealous, now I live them. You may not know it but you were an inspiration for me to finally make the move and for that I thank you! I look forward to seeing you and Abbas at the Mai Tai Fest on the 16th at the Royal Kona and if you need any help you can count on me, I have already taken that day off so I'll definitely be there. See you soon my friend, and Mahalo Nui Loa!

 
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