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The Shops’ New Art Event to Benefit Kona Historical Society

The Shops at Mauna Lani presents “Art in The Park,” a live art auction featuring collections by Lahaina Galleries, Third Dimension Gallery, Kozy’s Tiki Gallery and The Fine Hawaiian Gift Gallery. The event takes place Saturday, April 1, in the central courtyard area, commencing with a reception at 5 p.m., provided by The Blue Room Brasserie & Bar and Monstera Noodles & Sushi.  The auction will be led by Brent Hawley with music provided by Dave and Maile Lee Tavares.

Paul Kozak (Kozy’s Tiki Gallery) and Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker

During the reception, guests will be able to meet and talk story with artists Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker, Jacob Medina and Richard Rochkovsky, while Rod Cameron personally paints a piece that will be offered to the highest bidder later in the evening. The auction highlights a compilation of paintings and sculptures of the featured artists as well as other works from the galleries.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit Kona Historical Society, a community based non-profit organization that was founded in 1976 to collect, preserve and share the history of the Kona districts.

Tickets for Art in The Park are $50 each and are available at Brown Paper Tickets, http://artinthepark.bpt.me. Admission includes a souvenir auction book, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and two beverages (beer, wine or soda). For more information, visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com, or call (808) 885-9501.

About The Shops at Mauna Lani. From simple to elegant, The Shops at Mauna Lani is the premier shopping, dining and lifestyle destination on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. The Shops at Mauna Lani is home to Hawaii Island’s only 4D Adventure Ride theater, housed inside the Fine Hawaiian Gift Gallery, which offers unique and affordable made-in-Hawaii products.  The Shops offers twice weekly Polynesian Hula & Fire shows, free community cultural events along with a selection of retail stores such as Reyn’s by Reyn Spooner, Tommy Bahama Store, Jams World, Oasis Lifestyle, Hawaiian Island Creations (HIC), Hulakai and others. The Shops at Mauna Lani is also home to Hawaii Island’s only Foodland Farms gourmet grocery market, R. Field Wine Company, as well as galleries, lifestyle stores, and a wonderful selection of seven restaurants. For more information, call (808) 885-9501, visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Big Island Artist Parker and Hawaii Island Creations Expand Into Dubai Market

Renowned local artists Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker along with his company’s United Arab Emirates (UAE) based partner, Tiki Style ME have inked a deal with Redondo Beach based Dive N Surf and our very own Honolulu based Hawaii Island Creations (HIC Surf) to expand into the UAE market.

This deal will cover opening of several retail stores under the 2 brand names – Dive N Surf scheduled to open late April 2017 in Kite Beach Dubai. HIC Surf scheduled to open later 3rd quarter 2017. The introduction of the Hawaiian Beach culture is heavily supported by His Excellency Abdulla Alsaboosi – Consul General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Los Angeles who is a frequent vacationer to the Islands and also has deplomatic responsibility of the Pacific Region.

Billy Meistrell – Second Generation Owner of the Brand Dive N Surf signs with Brad Parker

“I look forward to installing mural sized artwork into these high profile stores” commented Brad Tiki Shark Parker “as well as designing a Tiki/Hawaiiana themed line for both Dive N Surf and HIC Surf – Dubai.

“It was 3 years in the making of this historic deal” commented Abbas Hassan – SVP of Global Operations. “It is my pleasure to represent the Island and the Aloha spirit across the globe” he adduced.

“Tiki Shark Art has been a very active and supportive member and we’re so pleased to see their business continue to thrive and grow,” said Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President & CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara. “Artist Brad Parker reflects the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurialism that is representative of our members. We look forward to continuing to support and partnering with Tiki Shark.”

In keeping with the Dubai culture, the company plans to have a high end and extravagant Grand opening in late April.

Happy “Hawaii-Ween” at Kona Oceanfront Gallery

Meet Celebrity Chef Sam Choy and World Famous Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker at Kona Oceanfront Gallery’s “Happy HAWAII-WEEN” this Monday, October 31st.
haloween-with-sam-and-bradBrad Parker will be doing a “Live Art Demo” between 1 to 6 and he along with Sam Choy will be carving pumpkins with one of them being raffled away.

sam-choy-and-draculaThere will original sketches up for grabs, a costume contest with a prize for the best costume along with other tricks and treats.

brad-and-skullThe Kona Oceanfront Gallery is located at 75-5770 Ali’i Drive in Waterfront Row next to Bubba Gump restaurant.  Contact 808-334-0037 for more information.

Big Island Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker Having Australian Art Show

Renowned local Big Island Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker and his award winning Kona based company Tiki Shark Art Inc have confirmed their travel dates to Melbourne Australia for a highly anticipated Art Show.

brad-and-tiki

The show appropriately named Kona Kustom Kulture will be featuring the artist’s latest original pieces of art and the company’s latest Hawaiian souvenir line.  The event will take place on November 4th at Kustom Lane Gallery – a well know and highly respected art gallery in Melbourne.

brad-surfer“I have a quite a large following and fan base in Australia. Folks there have been inviting me to fly out for years but other projects have kept me very busy” quoted Brad, “looks like my agent Abbas Hassan somehow squeezed in this short 4 day trip this year, so it is now or never” he added.

kustom-lane-gallery“Its going to be a great privilege for Brad’s fans and collectors to meeting their favorite Hawaiian Tiki Artist in person in their homeland” quoted Janet Peake – Director of Kustom Lane Gallery. “We are really looking forward to hosing a Hawaiian celebrity in our town” she added.

brad-magicianBrad “Tiki Shark” Parker and his artworks were recently featured in Hawaiian Airlines Hana Hou Magazine. His company Tiki Shark Art Inc was name the 10th Fastest Growing Companies in the State of Hawaii by Pacific Business News.

For more information about this event go to www.kustomlane.com or www.tikishark.com

Kona Business Ends Affiliation With Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce

Today, a well known business that was a member of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce requested to be removed from all affiliations with the Chamber of Commerce.

It all began when a deal fell through and Parker had to do what anybody would do when they were wronged.

It all began when a deal fell through and Parker had to do what anybody would do when they were wronged.

Tiki Shark Art Inc, its Owners and Board of Directors recently won a $43,000.00 judgment against a Middle Eastern Firm out of Dubai and today Tiki Shark Art Agent Abbas Hassan sent a letter to the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Kirstin Kahaloa, expressing his displeasure in the Chambers decision in having one of its board members defending the foreign corporation.

Hassan writes:

Kirstin (Kahaloa)…..thank you for taking the time to come see me.

As discussed in our meeting this morning, Tiki Shark Art Inc, its Owners and Board of Directors are not comfortable with the fact that one of your Board members is actually defending a foreign Corporation in a legal motion against us. That too when a local Hawaiian judge has already ruled in our favor over a month ago.  Furthermore, this individual may have been previewed to information via casual conversation in Chamber gatherings that could potentially effect the outcome of the case………just does not make sense to any of us!

Anyway’s it is with a heavy heart that I inform you of our immediate withdrawal as a member of the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce.

Please make sure our name is taken off and “unsubscribed” to all mailing lists.

I wish you and your Chamber the very best in the future.

Sincerely,

Abbas Hassan

Well known artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker weighed in and said, “This seems unfair. It’s a question of responsibility. Someone who sits as an officer on the board of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce represents the Chamber, and to some extent, also the City of Kailua-Kona. That’s a big responsibility. To the average guy on the beach, when he hears that a law suit is being filed against a local small business and the prosecuting attorney is a officer of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, well, in the court of public opinion, the Chamber is probably in the right and the small business man is probably in the wrong.”

Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen with the Tiki Shark

Chef Sam Choy’s traction gaining web show “Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen” will feature Brad Tiki Shark Parker and his household for its first celebrity episode.

Brad Parker photo bombs Sam Choy!

Sam Choy drops by the Parker residence.

“We have done over 10 episodes and decided to give our viewers something special this time and also see what’s really in a local celebrities kitchen” quoted Chef Choy. “We had fun and will be visiting more celebrities kitchens in future episodes” he added.

According to Producer Richard Gonzalez “the show was totally off our regular format but extremely entertaining and will be received well by our viewers”

“Sam is welcome in my kitchen anytime” quoted Brad Tiki Shark Parker. Its always a good time getting together with a Chef who is as wacky and crazy as I am!”.

Sam Choy in the Kitchen

The Celebrity episode will debut on YouTube on August 18.

Tiki Shark Packs the House

Renowned local artist and owner of Big Island based Tiki Shark Art Inc put on his last show of the year last night with a packed house in attendance. The event was held at Kona Oceanfront Gallery – Parker’s original home base venue where he started to display his work over 5 years ago.

Mark Hanna – Owner of Kona Oceanfront Gallery with Staff

Mark Hanna – Owner of Kona Oceanfront Gallery with Staff

“Watching Brad in his element is always spectacular” commented gallery owner Mark Hanna, “the art scene in Kona Town comes alive when Mr. Brad Tiki Shark Parker decides to come out and put on a show at our gallery and tonight was no exception” he added.

The Bronze Goddess Temporary Tattoos Team with Brad and Mark Hanna

The Bronze Goddess Temporary Tattoos Team with Brad and Mark Hanna

It was quite a party scene with food, entertainment and free tattoos provided to all attending courtesy of Bronze Goddess Temporary Tattoos and Tattoo Bar.

“It is always a pleasure to hang out and give back to my ohana” said Brad. “I try my best to have this local event in Kona at least twice a year to show my appreciation to folks who originally supported me get started in the Gallery Art world” he added.

Tiki Show 3

Procuring a original piece of art by Brad Tiki Shark Parker is not easy. The current waiting list for his original canvas’s extends over two years long.

Brad and Aidan James

Brad and Aidan James

His next local appearance is scheduled at the same venue on March 6th where he will be launching the release of his first graphic novel written by famous author S.P. Grogan. High profile celebrities including the co-founders of the iconic surf brand Body Glove and YouTube mega start performer Aidan James are said to be attending as well.

Big Island Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker Files Copyright Infringement Suit Against CafePress.com

Renowned local Hawaiian Tiki Artist Brad Parker and his attorneys David E Smith & Schneider Rothman IP Law Group filed a copyright infringement suit in U.S. District Court in Hawaii against internet retailer CafePress.com.

Through his Big Island based company Tiki Shark Art Inc., Parker sells his paintings at galleries locally and around the world.  His unmistakable lurid style of art reflects influences as diverse as the Flemish masters, comic books, and Hawaiian tourist kitsch.  Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker is a world class, award winning creator of Polynesian Pop Surrealistic Art.

Brad holding his original art piece "Forbidden Island".

Brad holding his original art piece “Forbidden Island”.

In May, the Dubai affiliate of surf goods giant Body Glove ordered from Tiki Shark Art some 25,000 towels featuring Parker’s painting “Forbidden Island.” However, the Middle East company cancelled when it discovered the image was already being reproduced on over 218 items by a Internet retailer CafePress.com.

The lawsuit claims that CafePress.com removed Parker’s signature, and reproduced and distributed it on consumer goods without his permission.

This looks familiar!

This looks familiar!

“It’s unfair and deceptive for someone to take an artist’s work and sell it with no recognition and no remuneration,” Parker said.

CafePress.com Inc. encourages its members to upload logos and images that the company then prints on products such as T-shirts and mugs and sells on its website.  For each transaction, the company pays a commission to the member who uploaded the image.

Brad drawing "Forbidden Island"

Brad drawing “Forbidden Island”

According to the lawsuit, CafePress did not investigate whether its members had licensing rights to Parker’s painting.  Tiki Shark seeks injunctive relief, declaratory relief, and damages for the full amount of its losses, plus statutory damages for removing Parker’s signature.

“This is not the first time CafePress’ business model has landed the company in litigation,” said Joel Rothman, a partner at Schneider Rothman. “We are asking the Hawaiian court to order CafePress.com to stop all its unauthorized sales and pay Parker what he is rightfully owed,” added local attorney David E Smith.

About Tiki Shark Art Inc:

Tiki Shark Art Inc is headquartered in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.  Their art business is heavily represented locally on the Hawaiian Islands, on the Mainland – especially in Southern California, South Florida and Internationally in over 13 countries including Middle East, Australia, Japan, Canada and The British Virgin Islands.  The company has been quoted by Hawaii Style Magazine “as one of the fastest growing Island lifestyle companies in Hawaii”.