SuperCity: Maui’s ‘Plate Lunch’ special
BY CHRISTA WITTMIER / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Since moving to Honolulu there’s been so much rhetoric I’ve forgotten from other places I’ve lived. I never say I’m chuffed to bits when I’m extremely happy, people I don’t like are never described as wankers anymore, and my questions don’t end in a higher pitched voice.
It’s embarrassing how easily I will pick up and mimic other people’s pronunciation without even realizing it. I know for a fact it’s extremely annoying.
You know what phrase I love hearing in Hawaii the most? Automatic. As someone who tends to worry more than what is considered average, I just love the way so much generosity and certainty can be wrapped up so neatly in to one precise word.
Zen Yoshifuku, North Shore surf talisman and shop manager of the new Clips Hawaii, sent me some information on an art show called “Automatic” a few weeks ago and I starred it in my e-mail immediately. Not just because of the name; I also saw some key names involved that make this huge.
Curated by Maui brothers Gregg and Cory Kaplan — otherwise known as Plate Lunch — the show features artwork from some extremely reputable names in the world of surf and skate. The fact they even have access to these people is one thing; their response to the group show inquiry (“Automatic”) is another. It says a lot about the Plate Lunch duo’s place in this world.
“Gregg and Cory have the best vibes and you can just tell they’re genuine guys,” Yoshifuku said. “Ever since meeting them early this year I wanted to work with them any time possible.”
Curated by Plate Lunch
» Where: Clips Hawaii, 822 Kaheka Street
This must have been the impression they have left on others as well for such an immediate response and this wonderful group art show coming up Saturday at Clips.
Clips is a surf and skate shop opened in April by Aloha Rag Vice President Makoto Kambara after the high-end urbanite boutique quietly closed its doors on Kapiolani Blvd. His new surf boutique specializes in premium surfboard brands like Channel Islands, Firewire and JS Industries. For apparel they carry brands that include Aloha Sunday, Plate Lunch and Salvage Public.
Saturday’s art show will feature the work of six artists from Japan, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Hawaii, including skateboard pro Mark “The Gonz” Gonzales, one of the most influential skaters of all time. If you have a friend, son, brother, cousin, sister or daughter who is into skateboarding, an original piece of art by The Gonz would be priceless to them.
“I met Mark on a recent skate trip,” Gregg Kaplan said. “I’m stoked on everything that he’s done for skateboarding and art, he’s a big inspiration.”
Born and raised on Maui, they both went to school at King Kekaulike. They have been surfing and skating since day one.
“Surf, skate, create,” Kaplan said. “We’ve always been encouraged to be creative and have always made art, but I didn’t really start making art until around 2004. Willie Nelson has one of my first real pieces that I painted of our mutual friend Roger.”
Gregg has done some very memorable projects with Vans including a signature Vans + Gregg Kaplan shoe collection, the 2014 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing poster and last year’s Vans World Cup of Surfing design.
“That was the first project of that size and scope.” he said. “It was an amazing experience to work with a good crew and make rad stuff.”
I haven’t met the Kaplan brothers in person, but their reputation precedes them as some of the most globally connected yet still grounded and humble artists in the world of surf and skate. Their website has some incredible projects and designs showcasing their roots and displaying their massive gratitude and passion for life. Their “Ohana” is an impressive collective of artist/athletes.
I have a feeling this is the kind of show you would want to go to just to meet the Kaplan brothers and soak up some of their positive energy. Buying some amazing art would be an added bonus!
Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young’s Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for Pow! Wow! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular Bacardi Pool Party on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.