Making Waves

September 5, 2014 | By Rachel Breit

There’s no scarcity of beauty here. Hawai‘i is a sunny Technicolor wonderland where color and bold shapes reign—it’s eye candy on tap.

And surfers are riding the art wave, capturing the life aquatic and the culture that thrives on it. Specializing in surf art, Greenroom Hawaii houses original pieces from the likes of Heather Brown, Christie Shinn and Andy Davis, whose work gives a glimpse into their watery world.



The artists’ illustrative paintings of surfers paddling toward perfect sets, or perched on boards mid-barrel, pulse with vibrant colors and bold lines. Perhaps you’ve already caught an eyeful of Brown’s moving mural of rainbow-colored birds, tropical flowers and rolling surf sprawled on JALPAK’s double decker bus.

Other big names on view in the gallery are photographer Clark Little, who freezes epic waves in breath-taking moments, rendering their fluidity into swirling abstractions, and Koji Toyoda, who has helped set the scene for surf art in Japan since the ’90s and incorporates hand-drawn typography in his paintings.

In addition to original art and giclĂ©e canvas prints, the Japan-based storefront’s third locale also features wearable art: i.e., accessories and jewelry. Beyond Greenroom Hawaii’s bold colors lives a subtler message: to respect and protect the ocean.

Greenroom Hawaii
Sheraton Waikiki
2255 Kalakaua Ave. [D:7 Waikiki Map]
(808) 931-8908