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    "Think Globally, Art Locally": New Exhibit Showcases Activist Art Protecting Our Oceans

    Located just steps from both iconic Waikiki Beach and the International Market Place, Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger is Hawaii’s only craft hotel—and a hub of art and culture on Oahu. It's also a place focused on sustainability and preserving the beauty of the very ocean it nestles beside.

    As microplastics become an ever-increasing problem, not just for the health of our waters and shores but also for ourselves, Waikiki Beachcomber is celebrating Earth Day with an exhibition of three activist artists who are turning reclaimed ocean pollution into beautifully impactful art.

    The Multimedia is the Message

    The new multimedia Earth Day installation, “Think Globally, Art Locally” showcases large-scale plastic tapestries, discarded fishing net murals, and salvaged found art from the local Oahu shores. Produced by Beachcomber Original and the founder of Hawaii's most instagrammed coffee shop Jonathan Rotmensch, the showcase continues throughout April—and had an opening night that drew in the local culture set, featuring the award-winning documentary "Wayfinders," an eco-fashion show curated by Shift Culture, and avant-garde "electrojazz" and DJ shows.

    The message: to inspire guests to be more sustainable and consume less single-use plastic. And to show that it is possible to make scalable change in their own communities.

     'Think Globally, Art Locally' - New Exhibit Showcases Activist Art Protecting Our Oceans

    A Tapestry of Change

    Based in Kailua, Hawaii, Stacey Garnhausen stumbled, quite literally, into her art.

    Stacey began her design career creating jewelry in Southern California in 2006, earning international acclaim and attention from the celebrity set, including Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston and Eva Mendes. She moved to Oahu in 2017, and it was on a sunset walk on the Kailua shores that particles sparkling in the sunlight caught Stacey's eye. Thinking they were beautiful shell fragments, she began collecting them to add to her jewelry line—and then realized they were pieces of plastic ocean debris.

    This took Stacey on a journey down the increasingly troubling path of microplastic pollution and the damage it's causing to everything from Hawaiian coral reefs to wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest. She began using those found plastics and marine debris to create her jewelry and a range of new artworks, including the tapestries on display as part of “Think Globally, Art Locally.” It’s now her goal to raise awareness and start conversations about the global epidemic of ocean plastic pollution —and to inspire by example.

    Stacey Garnhausen |'Think Globally, Art Locally' - New Exhibit Showcases Activist Art Protecting Our Oceans

    Ghost Gear Murals

    Ethan Estess began crafting surfboards as a teen in Southern California. This passion translated to creating sculptures and studying marine biology in college. Now, the interdisciplinary artist crafts murals made of ocean debris, especially large-scale commercial fishing waste. Made of discarded fishing ropes, nets, and fishing lines, it's called "ghost gear" because it still tangles and kills fish.

    On first glance of Ethan's murals, you see Insta-worthy textural seascapes. But look closer, and the beauty gives way to concern as you see the debris comes into focus. Ethan's mission is to leverage this contrast of trash and treasure to spur viewers to take action, one person at a time.

    Ethan Estess | 'Think Globally, Art Locally' - New Exhibit Showcases Activist Art Protecting Our Oceans

    Salvaged Beauty

    For over 60 years, iconic Waikiki waterman Mark Cunningham has been in love with the ocean. A retired City & County of Honolulu Lifeguard, Mark still spends most of his time on the beach and in the water. Today, he's just as intrigued with what lies beneath the waves as riding them. He scavenges local reefs for found objects that are at once visually appealing and revealing, and his unique sculptural pieces spark conservation conversations and passion for the oceans we call home.

    Mark Cunningham | 'Think Globally, Art Locally' - New Exhibit Showcases Activist Art Protecting Our Oceans

    A Coral Goddess and Coming Home

    The hotel's art follows suit, recently recognized for its sustainability and the Outrigger Zone (OZONE) initiatives at all five of its Waikiki properties. See the large-scale mural, "Goddess of the Sea," at Waikiki Malia, inspiring a connection to honor the delicate beauty of Hawaii's coral reefs, and check out out another of Ethan Estess' work, "Coming Home," at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort.

    Book a stay to enjoy this stunning island paradise (and even get free nights for volunteering yourself!).

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