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5 Things That Inspire Our Artwork

People often ask us where we get our ideas and inspiration for all the Hawaiian art and decor we create. Here are a few wells of inspiration that we draw from...

Kahana Bay
A view of Kahana Bay on the windward side of Oahu. How can you 𝘯𝘰𝘵 get inspired by this?

Hiking. When going on a hike in Hawaii it's impossible not to be surrounded by beauty. Look one way and you'll see azure coastal waters, look another and you'll see tall, emerald-green mountains, and everywhere in between is lush green foliage, exotic flowers, streams and waterfalls. Hiking can be physically draining but mentally and spiritually rejuvenating.

Culture. The Aloha Spirit, hula, leis, surf: these are just a few things that are unique to the Hawaiian culture that we love. If you've spent some time in Hawaii then you'll understand life truly is different in the islands. Things move at a slower pace and the life's problems seem a little more trivial. Maybe that's what makes our artwork very light-hearted.

Blue Hawaii
𝘉𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘏𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘪𝘪 with Elvis Presley. Released 1961.

Vintage Movies. Michelle enjoys the aesthetic of old Surf and Hawaii movies like Endless Summer and Blue Hawaii. She enjoys the fun and colorful nature of these films, and their influence can be seen in pieces like her Diamond Head Sign, Surf's Up Sign and Surfing Santa Sign. If you're a fan of cute, fun, colorful art and decor then you need to check out Michelle's other work.

Offbeat Humor. An unexpected laugh gets my creative juices flowing. Seeing a feral chicken hanging out at a KFC, a stack of surfboards atop a vehicle or just saying the name of the Hawaii state fish; I find humor in these things and I like to mix that humor into my artwork in unexpected ways.

Art that makes you Smile. Our biggest inspiration and our guiding principle may be our motto: "Art that makes you smile." Before we start and after we finish a painting we ask ourselves will this make people smile? If the answer isn't a resounding "yes" then that artwork doesn't see the light of day. We hope all our art makes you smile!

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