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Estria Graffiti Battle Honolulu and HIstory

 This community event will showcase Hawaii's finest in the Hip Hop scene today! - 808 Urban

Twelve of Hawai'i's top graffiti writers will compete in the Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle at the Honolulu Academy of Arts at Linekona Art Center this Saturday, September 3, 2011, from 12:00-7:00PM. This national graffiti battle is a competition that encourages graffiti writers to communicate social justice issues and empower communities through the messages conveyed in their work. In conjunction with the battle, local arts organization 808 Urban has curated over twenty educational activities, workshops and vendor booths based in urban arts, sustainability and Hawaiian culture.  There will be live performances by DJ's, emcees, turf dancers, spoken word and more throughout the day.

The event is open to the public and free for all ages to attend!

"We want to continue inspiring Hawai'i's youth to integrate Hawaiian culture and street art. We want this event to begin changing people's minds about what graffiti means in Hawai'i and to prove to the public that graffiti art is a method of social change through the perspective of our youth." - John "Prime" Hina, 808 Urban Co-Founder

 Confirmed graffiti writers competing in the graffiti battle include: Katch, Ekundayo, Ckaweeks, Scarz, Asen, Soker, Ohana, Bogus, Devour, Bieste, Wobel, and Sertz.  Judges for the competition will be: Klash, Prime, and Estria. For updates visit  See below for the event schedule and line-up of event supporters and participants.

Performances, Activities, Workshops, and Vendors taking place at the event include:
(*information subject to change.  Visit us on our Facebook event page for the most current updates)

LIVE PERFORMANCES (stage powered by Watt Wheels)

Hosted by: Jason Mateo

DJ’s: Lightsleepers; Agana (Oakland, CA)

Spoken Word by Youth Speaks Hawaii

Big Mox


Jason Tom, Hawai‘i's Human Beatbox


Turfin247, turfin dance crew (Oakland, CA)

808 Breakers


    (*Classes are on a drop in and out basis, so feel free to join in at anytime)



Blackbook Battle Area:

ROCK THE SYSTEM BLACKBOOK BATTLE - (*COME EARLY TO SIGN UP AT EVENT!  First 30 to sign up receive Crescent Graffiti Paper blackbook. Winners announced at 6pm on main stage!):  12:00-4:00pm

Inside Their Booths:

TSHIRT STENCIL DESIGN - 808 Urban (Sierra Dew): 1:00-5:00pm
AIRBRUSH, LIVE PAINTING - 808 Urban (Evolve1):  all day

HAWAIIAN STORYTELLING - Brook Kapukuniahi Parker:  all day

BEACH MOBILES- Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i:  all day

On the Bboy Dance Floor:

HIP-HOP FUNDAMENTALS - Diverse Arts Center (ages 10 and up):  2:30-3:00pm

BBOY/BGIRL DANCE - Diverse Arts Center (ages 10 and up):  3:00-3:30pm

The Outdoor Workshop Tent:

KUI KA LEI, SIMPLE WRISTLET MAKING - 2011 Mei Day Lei Day & the Queen's Court:  12:00-2:00pm

DESIGN & MARKETING OF CUSTOM GRAF TRUCKER HATS - Vivo Industridesigns LLC:  2:00-4:00pm

URBAN FARMING, COMPOSTING, GUERILLA GARDEN GRENADES – Island Foodscaping (Waimanalo):  4:00-5:00pm

The Courtyard:

BEATBOXING - Jason Tom:  12:00-2:00pm


THE ETIQUETTE OF FREESTYLE VOCAL CYPHERS - 808 Urban (MamaWisdom - w/ SEPH1 & Jason Tom):  3:00-4:00pm


RM 102:

HIstory of GRAFFITI - 808 Urban (Dmize 225): 12:00-1:00pm

DIY LEARNING WEAPON - The Pinky Show: 1:00-3:00pm
WATERWRITES HAWAII MURAL VIDEO -The Estria Foundation & 808 Urban (by Michael Inouye & Jeremiah Tayao) - 3:00-4:00pm

SCREENPRINTING DEMONSTRATION - Molyneuxs’ Ink & Honolulu Printmakers:  4:00-5:00pm

RM 200:

LOGO DESIGN ** MUST BRING OWN LAPTOP ** - Jasper Wong, PowWow Hawaii:  12:00-2:00pm
WEAPONS OF MASS EDUCATION - Art Concordia:  2:00-3:00pm

CALLIGRAPHY AS STYLE- Joe Bright:  3:00-5:00pm

RM 203:

ART HUSTLE & SURVIVAL - Angry Woebot:  12:00-1:00pm

LEARNING MANGA ANIME - MangaBento:  2:00-4:00pm



The Estria Foundation

808 Urban

Honolulu Academy of Arts


Mighty Printing

Sierra Dew Designs

Evolve1 808Urban, (live painting, airbrush)

Brook Kapukuniahi Parker - Hawaiian Storytelling

KavaBoy - Kava Bar  

2011 May Day Lei Day & the Queen's Court

Angry Woebot (live painting)

SFUSD Ethnic Studies Committee

KTUH Radio


Girl Fest Hawai'i

Diverse Art Center

Pinky Show

Environmental Caucus of Hawai'i

Food Policy Council

UH Future Farmers of Hawaii

Island Foodscaping, Waimanalo


 Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i

 Goodwill Industries Hawai'i

 Flux Hawai'i

 Non-Stop Honolulu

 Pow Wow Hawai'i

 Cukui Clothing

 Defend Hawai'i

 Aloha Family

 Vivo’ Industridesign

 Freelance Clothing

 Elena's Filipino Food


 About The Estria Foundation:

 The Estria Foundation was founded by Estria Miyashiro and Jeremy LaTrasse in 2010 and is a community-based organization dedicated to lasting systemic and social change. Through workshops, speaking engagements, projects, and events, the foundation is committed to creating public art advocating justice and peace in under-served communities worldwide.

About 808 Urban:

 808 Urban is a collective of artists, volunteers, and community organizers committed to working in low-income neighborhoods at risk of gentrification. The organization strives to create environments that improve the quality of life for Hawaiian communities and advocate for progressive social change.

About Honolulu Academy of Arts:

Founded in 1927, the Honolulu Academy of Arts is Hawai‘i’s largest private presenter of visual arts programs, with an internationally recognized collection of more than 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years. In addition, film and concert programs, lectures, art classes and workshops make the Honolulu Academy of Arts the city’s cultural hub.

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