HENRY NAVARRO: AHOLA
Ahola (Aloha Backwards) explores Oahu’s social and cultural complexities utilizing as conceptual and design elements Hawaii’s rich culture, flora and fauna, and diverse population. This melding of factors indigenous to Hawaii serve as a fashionable analogy for the symbiotic visual, cultural, and social relationships in today’s Hawaiian life. Resulting from a communitarian public art process, Ahola provided Oahu communities with the ability to serve as active participants in a cultural dialogue on pressing local issues. Hawai’i unique cultural heritage is highlighted through the interpretation of authentic Hawai’i motives using contemporary lines and materials.
Henry Navarro is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and educator focused on the intersection of fashion, visual culture, and social empowerment. Navarro’s recurrent theme is the exploration of contemporary social issues through creative actions. Born into a family of dressmakers and leather goods craftsmen, Navarro pursued a formal education in fine arts and art direction for film and is better known for his fashion-based site-specific public artworks, created through direct community participation.