Extras / In the early ‘80s, John Hina was a man of destructive behavior, getting caught up in gangs and drugs and the lifestyle that rough, at-risk neighborhoods can produce. Since then, he’s found redemption in art, becoming the PRIME we know today, a community worker and mentor of urban youth, an artist of over 50 street murals and the founder of 808 Urban, an organization that helps these kids express themselves and develop strong character through street art.
When he hurt himself in 2011, he kept quiet about it, continuing through the pain to create the beautiful feax stained glass window pieces on St. Andrews Priory, titled “Maia” and “Ka Wai Ola”. Now, his medical expenses have become a struggle. To help with these costs, a lot of his friends and the creative powerhouses of Auahi Street in Kakaako are throwing a grassroots fundraiser Thursday night that looks to be more like one of those ultimate block parties that you somehow only heard about the day after.
Along with food trucks and music, at R/D you’ll find a silent auction featuring works by Jasper Wong, Kamea Hadar, Jeff Gress, Estria and PRIME. Next door at ii Gallery, Maile Meyer will serve pupu, while you check out the last night of Dana Paresa’s unmissable show, “Little Black Bag”. In the back room of the gallery, John Koga will curate a small show and art sale that features more work from local artists, but honestly, no show is small, if Koga’s involved. Head over to Greenhouse next door for a PRIME roasting, hosted by improv group Improvhi and the Original Jams Improv Show.
Lots of apparel from brands such as in4mation, Human Imagination, VERS, Lost Kingdom and a1000x will be available at discounted prices–all proceeds supporting PRIME, a man who gives to the city in so many untold ways. As Meyer puts it, “We don’t know how much he’s put into the community, he keeps doing so many things. He’s really in need of our kokua, and the guy never asks, never tells.” PRIME is a man of redemption–not just of himself, but of entire communities. It’s time to give thanks.