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A chat with Prime of 808 Urban

A look at the Kaka’ako art scene with John “Prime” Hina, founder and program director of the youth art nonprofit, 808 Urban

Posted April 23, 2013 by Ed Morita

We had a chance to talk to John “Prime” Hina, founder and program director of 808 Urban, a nonprofit organization that mentors local youth through urban arts and cultural education. The Kaka’ako group has been involved in numerous community mural projects, organizes art workshops and participates in such events as Honolulu Night Market.


  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Chef Ed:  Thanks for a very insightful interview.  I wondered where all the wall art was coming from… it sure is better than tagging!

About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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