Randall Rospond’s goal is to create a musical tapestry that is unique to every show. He is inspired by movie soundtracks that invoke a mood and the beat poets of the early ‘60s. But there is a myriad of sounds and experiences that lead Rospond’s latest album, “Storyland…The New While.
At eight years old, R. Kikuo Johnson read his first comic book from Compleat Comics, a bygone of old Wailuku. After completing his first book, Johnson can’t recall a time he wasn’t consuming comics, other than when he was illustrating his own.
Kai Lenny, a born and raised Maui surfer, grew up watching his idols tackle waves thought impossible at Peʻahi. He channels this mindset and draws from his multidisciplinary background to take big-wave surfing to new heights. One of his more recent accomplishments is one that can be enjoyed lying on the couch. Lenny, who struggles to stay out of the water, has compiled epic stories and action shots from some of the world’s elite big-wave surfers, including himself, in an aptly titled book, “Big Wave Surfer: The Greatest Rides of Our Lives.”
The roots of tenacious local band Kanekoa stem in Reno, Nevada with two high school football players. Two and a half decades later, the stout linemen, Kaulana Kanekoa and Travis Rice, never imagined they would be longtime partners in an award-winning ukulele band.
The fine art painter Jennifer Valenzuela works in a distinctive style that explores the energy of nature and her imagination. Intertwining philosophy and wisdom in her work, Valenzuela calls her style of painting, “imagined landscapes.”