If you’ve lived in Hawaii for any amount of time, it’s not difficult to notice that Native Hawaiian’s are very sensitive about their culture. Embarrassingly enough I’ve been here long enough to remember my early childhood years I even thought I WAS Hawaiian. I digress. The point about this project was that we had to spend hours and hours of time making sure the imagery and message of this site remain respectful to their culture. We were later recognized for our efforts by being awarded a Certificate of Merit plaque from the Hawaii Tourism Authority for this website. I have a proud koa plaque on my wall to show for this rare acknowledgement.
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Papa Ola Lokahi
LoweStudio Inc was founded by me, Raphael Lowe, a Honolulu based illustrator and web designer. I presently design and manage a few dozen commercial websites, but my main focus these days is acting as the head developer for Kapiolani Community College and teaching New Media Arts.
I started this blog the day I quit my last job to set out on my own two feet as an independent graphic designer. I had no motivations other than to document my experiences for my own self reflection and gratification from time to time. Does this blog have anything to do with design?...not always, but my daily experiences shape how I design.