The Creative Industries Division partnered with FLUX Magazine on a Hawaii Pop-Up shop on the culturally vibrant enclave of Abbott Kinney in Venice, California. The event, which took place from September 1-5 in the area also known as “Silicon Beach”, during the highly trafficked period of Labor Day weekend, promoted Hawaii’s creative talent, including the Creative Lab Hawaii participants in the Fashion and Music Immersive Programs.
The Pop-Up Shop featured some of the best and brightest Hawaii products and local designers and was a follow-up to a 2015 event in New York City that CID and FLUX collaborated on to coincide with NY Fashion Week. FLUX Hawaii Magazine is a nationally distributed quarterly lifestyle magazine for the forward-thinking demographic reaching tastemakers throughout the world & showcasing Hawaii’s vibrant arts, culture, and community.
This year’s event featured over 70 Hawaii vendors, including designers Jana Lam, Salvage Public, and M33Ms from the Creative Lab Fashion Immersive. Store items spanned fashion, accessories, homewares, skincare, food and drink – and even Hawaii-inspired pet supplies. Additional featured Hawaii artisans and brands included Fighting Eel, Big Bad Wolf, Fitted, Jams World, Language of the Birds, Of One Sea, OluKai, Reyn Spooner, Sig Zane, Story Standards, Vizume, With Love From Paradise, Amelia Samari, ByChari, Leimano, Mori by Art + Flea, MiNei Designs, Martin & Macarthur, Myte, Rolling Death Maui, Slowtide, Yknot, AJ Feducia, Greenroom, John Hook, Mark Cunningham, Wayne Levin, Steven Kean, Hookani Music Company, Island Penman, Liliko‘i Creative, Mau House, Mistprint, Mono, Seeds and Stone, Wood HI, Malie Organics, KH Apothecary, and Reise Kochi.
The Pop-Up-Shop also included cultural-based workshops and demonstrations featuring creative entrepreneurs Sig and Kuhao Zane, Keola Rapozo of FITTED, Olukai, and artist Steven Kean.
In addition to Hawaii-themed programming and in-store events, CID/DBEDT & the FLUX Hawaii General Store featured special performances by Creative Lab Music Immersive (CLMI) artist participants Kimié Miner, Hoku Award Winner, Best Contemporary Album of the Year 2016, and one of Hawaii’s hottest singer-songwriters and reggae artists, Izik, dubbed one of the most exciting emerging pop and R&B artists, and a special performance by Streetlight Cadence, the Hoku Award winning four-piece alternative pop-folk band for Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2016. The artists’ participation in this event was featured in an article by FLUX Magazine promoting the Music Immersive Program.