Environmental graphics and installations designed for the stairwell and elevator lobbies as part of the remodeling of a 5-story, 54-unit complex located in Honolulu, Hawai’i. 680 Ala Moana is a 2013 finalist for the Best Adaptive Reuse award from the National Association of Home Builders. The project was managed and art directed by Jasper Wong. Designs were created by Jordan Stark and Tony Martinez.
Kamehameha School approached the team with the idea of creating installs that were “positive, family-friendly, and sensitive to the neighborhood of Kaka’ako and Hawai’i.” The “Aloha Defined” concept began to materialize after briefly meeting John "Prime" Hina, a Native Hawaiian artist who generously shared a mixed bag of Hawaiian history, story and spirit. He shared the Hawaiian state law titled the “Aloha Spirit Law,” whose primary purpose is to remind public officials in Hawai’i of the values they should exercise while in service of the people. The words of Pilahi Paki, co-author of the Aloha Spirit law, rang true and articulated universal values of human compassion.
The concept for the “Aloha Defined” murals is based on Aunty Pilahi Paki’s recitation, and ancestral definition, of what Aloha means. These murals were created in honor of Aunty Pilahi Paki, and are intended to be a memorial to aloha spirit for locals and visitors alike.