Wednesday, March 18, 2015

etc inc

in 2011, in misty hilo, hawaii an old printing press behind the east hawaii cultural center sat idle. artists tobias brill and jerilee negrilo decided to open up the press once a week to the community and offer classes on printmaking. They also had a few young friends who wanted a place to work and from there the ETC INC collective grew. today, ETC INC features the works of lonny tomono, tobias Brill, kevin diminyatz, leslie samson-tabakin, rann sergeant, kawa harijan, jerilee negrillo and liv johnson.

jerilee negrilo explains, “ETC INC aesthetics speaks not only to the somewhat randomness of our work, but also that it is unfixed and unending. the one thing we have in common is that we are constantly making lots of work and we are not afraid to move into new directions. we are somewhat competitive with each other...quarreling can be found between us every now and then. however, lonny [tomono] is the glue that binds us. he has a personality that is always supportive and encouraging, and in the end, his way prevails. i suppose we are like a family in that way.”

fishcake opens its march exhibition with ETC INC on thursday march 19, 2015 from 6p - 8p at 307c kamani st in kakaako. parking is at lanai things lot and the reception is free.

etc inc is a group that shares ideas, inspiration, and methods of drawing and printmaking. they strive to inform, challenge and encourage each other to create work that embodies a personal view of contemporary life in hawaii. find more info at

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

and the first art exhibition of 2015 goes to...


just as tea has been a drink for sages, emperors and all classes of people from ancient times til now, so has the teahouse been a place for all people.

from the solitary hermitage to the social gathering places of the rich and poor, teahouses have acted as a bridge into the cultures of the far east.

they are gateways into philosophy, history and traditions, health, political and social interaction, and all of the arts from the visual to the written and performing arts.  

in essence, teahouses have been bridges between people, connecting hearts and minds.

artist, andrew binkley, offers a glimpse into this world through photographic prints taken from his soon to be released book china teahouse, which features over 500 photographs, spanning 300 pages and covering 21 teahouses in 10 locations throughout China.
join us for the opening of CHA
thursday, february 12 from 6p-8p
live music by ejyptsun

@fishcake in kakaako
307c kamani st
honolulu hi 96813

parking at lanai things


in line with CHA, fishcake hosts north face ambassador and award-winning explorer jeff fuchs for puerh: the traveling tea on sunday, february 15 from 1p - 4p. fuchs was the first westerner to have travelled by foot on the legendary tea horse road over the himalayas and will speak on his experience coupled with tea tasting and demo of puerh sourced from ancient tibetan trees. 

join us for tea demonstration with jeff fuchs
sunday, february 15 from 1p-4p

@fishcake in kakaako 
307c kamani st
honolulu hi 96813

parking at lanai things

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

we are featured as one of the best design + vintage stores in honolulu, according to conde nast traveler. yay! glad to be amongst friends. check it out here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


a few pics from last week's wanted [product] design show. it was a great turnout. mark ariyoshi's clip5 got a seat to the box jelly's jumpschool - a 5-step lean mean start-up program that guides you from idea to product market-fit. we'll be sharing news shortly on how you can get your hands on them!

eric lai, our guest [product] designer, 

Friday, August 1, 2014

you are wanted.

fishcake's [first] products show. deets below!

wanted [product] design // 11 september - 12 november
submission format:
prototype and/or drawing plan, developed imagery
narration (necessary)

email [re: #wanted] to enter
include: name, contact info, what product you will enter
submit in person by august 31 @fishcake
$10 entry fee
any medium or material
any age, any gender
fishcake will curate final showcase

part 1 product and design

fishcake introduces wanted [product] design by hawaii designers.
there is no question that hawaii’s design community has begun to speak on behalf of its own building energy. as a lover of things beautiful and innovative, produced thoughtfully (and with some quirk), fishcake aims to catalyze this movement and asks designers to inspire us with an individual product design.

everyday objects, when reimagined, suddenly have the power to engage ideas and issues beyond the product itself. the best product is one that addresses a need, and a desire. it embraces experimentation and packages complexities in an expressive way that expands beyond the physical object and into our experience.

we’re fortunate to witness collaboration spanning genres of art, craft, and design. there are no rules regarding medium. but we ask that you consider issues of mobility, sustainability, commodification and production (to name a few). and there are no answers! maybe a few questions. narrate your product: what did you observe? how did the idea for your product come about? what are you trying to communicate?  

part 2 design and production

wanted [product] design also serves as a platform to see our favorite hawaii-based products materialize and (mini) multiply. the idea and designer that flies receives a seat at JumpSchool for mentorship + product development.

questions + concerns + praises or ideas?
visit | call 808.593.1231 | follow @fishcakehawaii

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

in july

pardon the lack of a post in a short while. its the year of the horse and things are moving. two exciting things are happening this very week: meet + greet with morning glass coffee, the newest addition to the kamani block family (fishcake + box jelly) and summer fishmarket, a one-day market with a handful of our favorite small kine shops, indie vendors and foods! family + dog friendly, per usual. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

justin davies extraordinaire!

eatery pig and the lady kicked off fishcake[works] first interior project this past fall. fishcake worked hand in hand with the in house crew to create what is now the 24-7 brick + mortar home to pig and the lady. the red brick walls, so characteristic to honolulu's chinatown, come to life with the work of justin davies. davies's work is a seamless collage of photographs. each photograph is delicately, intricately, woven into the narrative. sometimes the story is of tribute, sometimes pure fantasy! we are so pleased that davies's work has a home at pig+lady (and are finding other homes thereafter). 

Check out this article on artist Justin Davies by The Offsetter: A Pig and a Lady and a Justin Davies

what about us..

honolulu, hawaii
just a few fish in a big pond trying to place our mark in the ocean.