ASTWR Ep.23: Food for the Soul with PRIME

Episode 23 is a conversation with John “Prime,” a culturally grounded, local-to-global thinker, with deep roots in Pacific island communities. Born in Samoa and raised in Hawai'i, he is father and mentor who mixes the creativity and edginess of the hard hitting urban and graffiti art scene with a persona that is filled with aloha and a deep commitment to healing our kids and communities.

For a decade, Prime has run Urban 808, which is a collective of community cultural workers: artists, organizers and volunteers committed to improving the quality of life for our communities through arts programming. In this show, shares insights on the source and requirements of creativity; how he uses a connection to land and natural cycles to mentor youth; and the need to fulfill your dreams. As he enters a second decade of being a creative change agent he is also looking to new frontiers and making deeper connections to ‘āina – the land –which feeds our souls, like art, as much as it does our physical bodies. A big mahalo goes out to Papahana Kuaola, for opening their doors to let us record on their beautiful storied landscape. ASTWR hopes that our efforts support their mission to create quality learning focused on Hawaiʻi's cultural and natural resources, environmental restoration, and economic sustainability fully integrated with Hawaiian knowledge in order to exemplify a lifestyle respectful of kānaka (people), ʻāina (land), and akua (gods).

MAHALO... with deep gratitude to:

  • Waiwai Collective for supporting And Still the Waters Rise, and for committing to cultivate a community that takes the necessary creative risks to put collective values into daily practice, affirm shared responsibilities, and learns together to create a more waiwai future. To learn more about booking and attending events or becoming a member and sharing the co-working space, please visit: -or-  IG & FB: @waiwaicollective;
  • Kupa’āina for letting ASTWR use a piece of the awesome song Simple Island People as theme music;
  • my family and close friends whose continued support means everything to me; and
  • Hanau Creative LLC for producing the show.
Naiʻa Lewis