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ALL IN TH E

ISSUE | 09 SPRING | 2016


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

It’s easy to immediately associate ‘family’ as the people that have some sort of biological connection with you. They are people that you come home to everyday and feel a sense of security and warmth. They are people that you love, argue with you, laugh with you, cry with you and have always shared an equilibrium of the good and the bad with you. As people grow older, they are accepted into a number of other ‘families’ in the form of friend groups. Each person that I befriended has had a positive influence on my life and for that, I’m grateful.

The Flow Fam has especially been one group that I’m extremely thankful to have. Currently we have 19 members on board, including our five Flow Seniors who you’ll be meeting later on in the issue. Each person has some contribution to the development of HNL Flow, and it’s great to share a creative passion alongside such talented individuals.

But the Flow Fam does not primarily include the staff members and interns; every person we’ve collaborated with, interviewed and supported is part of this ever-growing family. We also consider our readers and followers as part of the Fam. I see and acknowledge the hard work of Oahu’s creatives and the stories behind their accomplishments.

The stories that you’ll find in Issue 9 pertain to creatives that have some sort of a family connection - blood or no blood relation. It’s evident that the support of our loved ones can allow all of us to succeed in one way or another, especially creatives.

We appreciate all of you, and by reading our magazine, you’ve allowed us into your family as well.

Best,

Vina Cristobal Founding editor-in-chief, HNL Flow


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VINA CRISTOBAL FOUNDER & CHIEF @VEE.CRIS

ASHLEY ONZUKA

KAHEALANI UEHARA

WRITER

“Family: security, warmth,

VIDEOGRAPHER

@ASHKIMIE

comfort and unity.”

@SHAKAHEA

JENNY PALERACIO

No task is too big when done together

“My family will always and forever be my everything.”

‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia PHOTOGRAPHER @JENANPAL

AMANDA BUSMENTE

MARLEEN TANA

PHOTOGRAPHER

PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN

@AMANDATHERESEPHOTO

@MAR.LEEN

TASHA MERO WRITER @ITSMEETASHAAA

“Family doesn’t just consist of those related to you; it’s anyone who’s there to support you and provide unconditional love.”

“Family: the people who stand by you when you succeed, when you fail and when you’re hungry.”

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JASON PEREZ PHOTOGRAPHER @NEONGROWLER

ASHLEY GUZMAN

AMIXA-RAY CALZADO

VIDEOGRAPHER

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

@ASHGUZ

@AFCALZADO

MARK GALACGAC ILLUSTRATOR @M.GHEE

“Family feeds you”.

LINDSEY GANO

KEVIN TUMBAGA

MARKETING/DESIGN INTERN

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

@LYN_ZI

@KEVIN.TUMBAGA

ROSELLE JULIAN “Family is forever. Through

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

“ Family is the greatest gift you

thick or thin, they will be with

@R__ZL

could ever have.”

you to the end.”

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Here are our Other

RAELYN BATACAN

members who were not

REINA MACARAEG

in this issue, but have

SAGE BATTAD

given endless support

REESE KATO CLAYTON NELSON


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CONTENTS

ISSUE | 09 SPRING | 2016

08 FROM SCHOOL TO STREET THE CHI BRAND

14 CUTE MEETS COMFORT IZZY AND LUKE

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20 FLOW SENIORS F LO W S E N I O R S , F E AT U R E S & F R I E N D S

42 FIND YOUR HIDOSE

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The Chi Brand

FROM SCHOOL TO STREET WO R D S & P H OTO S BY

Jason Perez

T H E C H I B A R A N D. B I G C A R T E L . C O M @THECHIBRAND

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Officially starting The Chi Brand in November 2015, four young teenagers from Waipahu -- Jericho De Leon, Jonathan Mar, Corbin Banua and William Cala -- started with four people in the core crew then branched off with a full street team filled with their friends who support them. The Chi Brand has big dreams to create their own store and host their very own events, but for now they are taking it one day at a time. The whole team has already made appearances at events this year; however, it is just the be-

ginning for a brighter future with The Chi Brand. [Editor’s Note: William Cala was not present at the time of the interview.] What does Chi mean? Jonathan “Jon” Mar (Creative leader & co-founder): We promote individuality, you are in charge of your own life, no one can tell you what to do. Can’t let anyone push you around. Your dreams is your dreams.

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You just have to do yourself. You are in charge of your life, your Chi. Corbin Banua (Social media coordinator): Be yourself, do what you want to do. You are in charge for what you wanna do. Dream big. Jericho De Leon (Creative director and founder): Do whatever you want, as long as you do not hinder anyone else, I was always raised by a certain code, go to school, go to college get good grades, get a job and get family, what is unique about that? In my opinion everybody has their own story and their own world. What Chi is, it’s not a brand. It’s a lifestyle. It’s who we are. What about the Chi “Family”? Jericho: Anytime we are in trouble you have your family at your back, we are all about coming together, as big as we are and as big as we are going to be, it’s not worth it if there is nobody there with you. Jon: Even though we have known each other for three to four years, it’s like we grew up together. Corbin: Part of it is Hawaii based. You’ve grown up with so many people you think of another person as a brother.

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Why did you start The Chi Brand?

Where do the designs for the t-shirts and stickers come from?

Jericho: We started The Chi Brand because I didn’t wanna work for anybody, I want to do something that I like to do, I was into street wear. So I thought, “Why not start our own clothing brand?” I called Jon and biked to Starbucks and talked about ideas and we went from there.

Jon: All of it comes from Jericho, he makes a design out of nowhere and it is either a ‘yay or nay’ thing, some designs are like hella cool and some designs are like ‘What happened to this monkey?’ We narrow it down to what it should be what it should be.

Jon: It started two years ago in August before school Corbin: In general, it is a group effort. Nothing really started, but we made it legit a few months ago with passes if one person disagrees with anything. titles and everything. Jericho: I create most of the designs, they inspire Jericho: We had the idea 2 years ago, and it was just none of the shirts are my true design they have been an idea. We did not expect to get this far; we kind of retouched of what they say. Most of our designs, are just did it and we were really excited. We didn’t really really inspired from feng shui, wavy stuff, all about have a plan. We were just doing it and just had a goal your soul, living free, anything that expresses that. in mind. After that, it slowly crumbled only because They have to have some correlation of Chi, the idea we didn’t know what we were doing and we finally of life energy, all that stuff. I see things on the street, sat down and said, “This is what we are going to do.” One of our t-shirts, the Dim Sum shirt came about A year after, we went back to the drawing board. [In] when I saw a Dim Sum sign in chinatown. And I was November 2015, we released as a legit brand and like ‘Yo, If I touch up on this that would be a dope legit company. shirt.’ Sometimes I think about trippy stuff and how energy moves, that’s how we came up with out swirl Corbin: We are the only clothing brand in Waipahu shirt. We look at anything, things from abstract art to that originated from here. simple to cartoons and fit our own Chi into it. Jon: Fresh outta high school, we are all teenagers and it’s pretty crazy that we are all doing it. Jericho: A lot of us were really closed minded, we all had different mind sets, and running this brand made us realize that you can only get so far by yourself. Now we are really open, and other brands are cheering us on.

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Do you support any other brands? Jericho: We got the homies, We look up to the Uncool Kids, just because they are grimy and edgy of their designs and their sense of what they are is really “chi.” People think that creating a brand is a competition, it is, but it is a friendly competition. It was during Mililani Art+Flea is when we broke out and made friends with people and we got close with Erick and Derick from Uncool Kids and 7Sketches. Chad from Crappy Kids, we respect you.


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Izzy and Luke

CUTE MEETS COMFORT

WO R D S BY

Tasha Mero Amanda Busmente

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I Z Z YA N D LU K E . C O M @ I Z Z YA N D LU K E

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Izzy and Luke, a children’s lifestyle boutique, offers items that have all been pre-approved by Christy’s own children. Christy’s 5-year-old daughter, Izzy, and 15-month-old son, Luke (along with husband Spencer) all take part in the family business. Christy notes that their business wasn’t necessarily planned, but was motivated by their search for apparel for their own children.

“It started with just a need and a want … for different things for the two kids,” Christy explains. “It’s been a learning experience, for sure, but a fun one. It’s rewarding that I can do it with the whole family.” The family’s online boutique, which opened in July 2015, features brands from local designers. In addition to products made locally, the boutique also offers items made by designers from around the globe. Many products offered by Izzy and Luke are handmade and created by moms as well. 15


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The shop strives to offer customers quality products, and with their inventory consistently growing, there’s many options for kids to choose from. Izzy and Luke’s wide variety includes jewelry, trucker hats, tank tops, swimwear, toys and much more. The boutique carries sizes ranging from newborn to size six. One of Izzy and Luke’s best-sellers are their sharkshaped sleeping bags. The handmade sleeping bags are perfect as play mats or comfy blankets. Another popular item is their mermaid doll. The adorable toy is handmade from wool felt, cotton fabric and stuffed with hypo-allergenic poly-fill. Staying true to Hawaiʻi, the boutique offers pineapples galore. Whether the pineapple designs be on burp cloths, teething cloths, trucker hats, onesies or tank tops, these items are great for pineapple lovers. The online boutique also features various items designed by the Davis family. One of their own designs is the “Hana Ukulele PB Jelly” T-shirt. Available in various colors, the shirt is a nod to an old saying that kids would chant when they caught other children being naughty. Christy is fond of this design because she sees it as a way to pass down the nostalgic phrase on to the next generation.

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Another Izzy and Luke creation is their “Rainbow Shave Ice” tank top. The shirt depicts a shave ice logo with the “rainbow” flavor of strawberry, banana and vanilla. Also featured on the shirt is the text “somewhere over the rainbow,” the classic Louis Armstrong tune popularized by Braddah IZ. Designed in collaboration with another local entrepreneur—who is also a mother—the tank top pays tribute to a beloved island sweet treat. Izzy and Luke’s goal is to eventually open up a small storefront, but for now, their items are available for purchase through their online store. Customers can also find their products at local pop-up events, including Art + Flea and Honolulu Night Market.

To access their shop, go to izzyandluke.com or follow @izzyandluke on Instagram and Facebook.

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FLOWSENIORS Jenny Paleracio Vina Cristobal

P H OTO S BY V I D E O BY

OT H E R P H OTO S P R O V I D E D BY S AG E B AT TA D, M A R L E E N TA N A A N D V I N A C R I S TO B A L

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MARLEEN TANA

LINDSEY GANO

ASHLEY GUZMAN ROSELLE JULIAN

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Man, it is so surreal that graduation is a month away. Maybe even less by the time you and I are reading this right now. It wasn’t all that easy for me. I’ve struggled with so much in the past; some of it I still struggle with today. But one night I somehow stumbled upon HNL Flow’s Instagram page, where their most recent post at that time was an advertisement to recruit high school interns. Researching more about the company, I applied and was eventually invited onto the team. Being their first intern, I was intimidated because of how I would be working with people that were in college or maybe even older. Instead, I was welcomed with open arms and felt accepted into what we call, the “Flow Fam.” Like everyone else on the team will say, being a part of this family has given me the greatest opportunity that

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any young, ambitious person could ever want- the resources, the connections, the exciting experiences. I totally feel like I’m Carrie from The Carrie Diaries (watch it if you haven’t, it’s GREAT). Thank you, Flow Fam, for bringing me into your family and giving me the motivation to never give up on my dreams no matter how hard life’s obstacles will be. You’ve helped me grow into the person that I’ve always wanted to be. And for that, I love you all from the bottom of my heart. I can’t wait to see where we’ll go next!

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My name is Lindsey-Reece Gano and I am a senior at Mililani High School. Once I graduate, I wish to pursue a higher education that will help me gain the knowledge and skills needed for a career as a marketing manager or advertising design manager. I have a great interest in graphic design and I hope to continue to refine my leadership skills gained through my experience in student government, and apply it to my intended major of marketing. HNL Flow has been a wonderful experience. I have seen the talented work of my fellow Flow Family, and they have inspired me to keep on learning. Through HNL Flow I have also seen the many local businesses the islands have to offer and I hope that I can use my education to help local businesses thrive. Here’s to the start of a new chapter!

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LINDSEY GANO Marketing/Design Intern Mililani High School @lyn_zi


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HNL Flow has given me opportunities I would have never gotten before to meet and interact with some of Honolulu’s young creatives. On top of that I got to work with some of the most creative and kind people through being apart of the Flow Fam. Now that I’m graduating I hope to continue working in the creative field doing film, photography, and design.

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ASHLEY GUZMAN Videographer UH West Oahu Creative Media @ashguz


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Over my entire college career, I was fortunate to have HNL Flow as an outlet for creativity. My initial goal at HNL Flow was to contribute my knowledge and skills towards the development of the magazine; however time proved it otherwise窶的 realized that HNL Flow was the one contributing towards my personal development/growth instead. Without the people behind HNL Flow, this opportunity would not have been available to many young creatives like me who are looking to express themselves freely. In that case, I would like to thank the FlowFam for all the great times and oppurtunities. After I graduate, I am hoping to go back and pursue a graduate degree in computer programming, web development or experience design. In the meantime, I will also continue to design for HNL Flow and watch it grow to an even greater channel for creatives like me.

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ROSELLE JULIAN Graphic Designer University of Hawaii at Manoa, BFA in Graphic Design @r_ _zl designsbyroselle.com


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After attending the Flow Show last year with my friend who was a vendor at the time, I got the chance to meet Peter and Vina. Fast forward a few months, and I got to join HNL Flow as a photography intern. A whirlwind of opportunities and amazing events happened. I love being a part of something that showcases local talent. From moments of first seeing my name in an issue to being one of the photographers for our fashion look-book, I realize that the decision to press “submit” on the application was one of the best ones I’ve made. So even though I’m graduating this year, I plan on being a part of this small family for as long as I can.

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M A R L E E N TA N A Photography Intern Roosevelt High School @mar.leen


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AALIYAH ANTONIO

@ethereal.ly

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Farrington High School


GELLIE CABUYADAO

@dietcokedealer

Moanalua High School Featured in Issue 7: Startists Artist

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SARAH DANIELS

@yung.sriracha

Farrington High School Featured in POW! WOW! School of Music 2016 Musician

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CHRIS ISONO

@isonochris

Kalani High School Featured on Flow on the Street, Photographer

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HONOKA KATAYAMA

@honoka.azitaÂ

Moanalua High School

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TIM MAH

@timmah

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CHAR MANNING

@charloobun_808

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Farrington High School


JOSH NAMBA

@nambasaurusÂ

Hawaii Baptist Academy Featured in Issue 7: Startists Musician, Scarlet Cord

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DUSTIN PACLEB

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Chaminade University Counseling Psychology

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HIDOSE

FIND YOUR HIDOSE

Vina Cristobal Jason Perez Kahealani Uehara

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P H OTO S BY V I D E O BY

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HiDose: the feeling of pursuing your passion with determination, hard work, love and support. The brainchild of Shawn Reed and Carlo Aguilar has spawned not only as a brand, but also as a movement.

“It was off pure recreation, then we just vibed out,” said Carlo, who met Shawn through basketball. “We just had a lot of things in common. We were into fashion, streetwear and the urban scene.”

“We wanted to bring back art,” said Shawn, who also creates art in his free time. “People are so into trends rather than trendsetting for their own … We want to be a brand that portrayed us and the way we live our lives.”

During development, Shawn and Carlo wanted to detach from the phrase ‘lifestyle brand,’ which is coined by several other brands that also sell apparel and the like. Instead, the focus of the brand was based on their upbringing and mission, which was to Shawn and Carlo had their own ideas to develop embody a simplistic lifestyle that is meant for having a clothing brand, but decided to collaborate when fun while doing the most good for others. This can starting up HiDose in late 2015. be identified in some of the designs, including their 43


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most recent line, “The Awakened One,” which shows to do. I want to provide an opportunity for kids to do art a Buddha figure in the middle of a water drop design. and music and all that kind of stuff.” The designs also pay tribute to the crew’s mutual But in terms of the brand, Shawn and Carlo have a love of hip-hop and art, as seen in their earlier “Med number of ideas for the future of HiDose. Tribe” line. “We definitely want to get into full retail, like have Shortly after teaming up, Shawn and Carlo were quick at accessories,” Shawn said. “Everything that comes work with their family and friends (collectively known as with styling or retailing, kind of cut and sew. We want “The Medicine Tribe”), designing t-shirts and connecting to go forward with full fashion and go forward with with the local creative community, which they hold to women’s fashion. I’m really into looks and different the highest standard. According to Carlo, the ‘medicine styles. I really enjoy it. I have been.” tribe’ is a group of positive influences who share the same culture, motivation and goals, which, in their case, Both Shawn and Carlo also have plans to expand on consists of their loved ones. a global scale. They’ve received leads for popular streetwear stores, such as Zumiez, to sell their During public events, Shawn, Carlo and the Medicine clothing. But the two have agreed to keep the brand Tribe make a genuine effort to not only allow people exclusive to to Hawai`i, their home. For now, their goal to check out their booth, but to connect each and is to further develop HiDose in their own community every person that stops by their table, whether or not through hard work and their passion for streetwear they end up with a purchase. fashion and art. To them, every little stepping stone counts, both the good and the bad. Since then, the Medicine Tribe has also made it a mission to spread positivity not only through its “Every day is an accomplishment,” Carlo said. “It’s apparel, but also through art education and social kind of like a give and take, just doing while learning. awareness. HiDose has participated in several By doing, we’re learning from our mistakes. We’ve community events and hip-hop related events – done a lot of learning. There are some things that we events that appeal to them, their mission and their know won’t work, some things that are. The whole target audience. In fact, the brand recently partnered business structure, we are fairly new to it. We do the with Farrington High School’s entrepreneurial class best we can to plan, but we actually learn through to ‘create a brand to unify students through school just doing things.” spirit,’ Shawn wrote on the HiDose blog.  “Hopefully we can grow [our brand] into more non-profit things,” Shawn said. “We really want to grow into that. I did not realize that POW! WOW! also does what I want

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Wing Ice Cream

ICE CREAM WINGS

Ashley Onzuka Mark Galacgac Vina Cristobal

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business three years ago. Growing up in Chinatown, Miller wanted to bring in something new. With no ice cream parlor in sight, Miller decided to fill that gap, Before you ask -- no, this ice cream does not give thus Wing Ice Cream was born. Miller describes the you wings. In fact, Wing Ice Cream was named after beginning of business saying, “it was really slow, I Miller’s middle name, Wing, whom he, his brother, was eating a lot of ice cream to deal with it.” and father share (Can we all just stop and appreciate how great of a middle name that is?). However, Miller said that one of the reasons he decided to open his own business was to make a Getting back on track, Miller’s idea for an ice cream change from working for others to working for himself. parlor began just a month before opening his Miller saying that it probably is one of the best things I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM. WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM.

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about his job, aside from being around ice cream.

All his creations are served in a cup or a homemade waffle cone, which Honolulu Magazine granted “Best Aside from the shift from employee to employer, Homemade Waffle Cone” in 2015. As if that wasn’t something else, or someone else, pushed him to enough, Miller takes a step higher by offering not open his own business: his mother. only ice cream, but sorbets and vegan desserts. When asked who his role model was, Miller did not hesitate to answer. “She’s always been working hard and taking care of us,” he said when describing the woman who inspires him the most.

It seems that since there is such a wide variety of ice cream flavors, making the ice cream must be easy. Well, that where you’re wrong. Miller explains that all the ice cream is made in his parlor which includes a three day process and a lot of waiting. Making just Although his mother inspired him to open the parlor, the ice cream mix is a two hour process. Flavors it is his ice cream loving customers who truly keep are not from syrups or creams, but straight from the his business going. When asked what motivates him ingredient itself. to continue business, Miller jokingly responds, “a few people have said that they would come after me if I Miller continues to bring smiles to the customers ever close down.” that come for his adventurous flavors and delicious desserts. As a first time business owner, his advice to Who could blame them? It’s practically ice cream us all is, “Don’t give up. As hard as it gets, as down heaven. as you feel, keep pushing through.” Speaking of a wide variety, its menu -- which is plastered on a giant chalkboard behind the counter -- is never the same. Miller offers classic flavors like Homemade Chocolate and Vanilla, but he takes it a step high by offering the flavors of your dream: Nutella Bella, Tangerine Dream, Kona Mud Pie, Lemon Thai Basil, and Strawberry Fudge. Some of Miller’s personal favorites are Cookies and Cream and Coconut Crunch.

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FLOW SHOW

RECAP On March 26, the second installment of the Flow Show series was held at Makers & Tasters. Flow Show: Spring Break is the first collaboration between HNL Flow, its featured artists and Street Grindz. Nine vendors -- all featured in HNL Flow’s issues and blog posts -- showcased a range of artistic talents, from jewelry to stickers to photography. Makers & Tasters vendors provided a variety of food for guests. Onstage, Flow featured musicians Honoka & Azita, Scarlet Cord and Dustin Pacleb performed sets in front of a seated audience.

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THANK YOU Chaminade University of Honolulu Family and friends of HNL Flow Flow Seniors 2016 Hawaii Pacific University HiDose Hogan Entepreneurs Program Izzy and Luke Moanalua High School Millilani High School Roosevelt High School Street Grindz The Chi Brand University of Hawaii at Manoa Wing Ice Cream

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ISSUE 9 // ALL IN THE FAMILY [SPRING 2016]  

Meet young creatives who have found true success not only through their art, but through the love and cooperation of their main support syst...

ISSUE 9 // ALL IN THE FAMILY [SPRING 2016]  

Meet young creatives who have found true success not only through their art, but through the love and cooperation of their main support syst...

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