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“This is the first gesture of local artists coming together to support [these] worthwhile organizations.”

- Rafael Baez, Owner, Island Brew Coffeehouse

  Hawaii Stands with Ukraine Benefit Auction

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July 12, 2023

Modern Luxury Hawaii: July Issue

Modern Luxury Hawaii -- Hawai'i first fell for artist Ruben Aira Jr.


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May 14, 2023

A Unique Art Fundraiser for a New Cancer Center at Kapiolani Medical in Honolulu

KITV4 News -- Island Brew Coffee House and Hawaii based international artist Leni Acosta Knight are hosting a fundraiser to help in building the Martha B. Smith Cancer & Infusion Center at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children. The goal of this art and coffee fundraiser is $50,000.

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May 2, 2023

From discarded to stunning; How this artist turns old surfboards into high-end works of art

HawaiiNewsNow -- Ruben Aira Jr. is a one-of-a-kind artist. Others may sketch, paint, or sculpt. But his transformation of a blank canvas — which in his case is an old surfboard — is on another level.

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April 1, 2022

Coffee Shop Teams Up With Hawaii Artists to Raise Funds for Ukrainian Refugees

HawaiiNewsNow -- A local coffee shop and artists teaming up to bring some relief to families affected by the war in Ukraine. Island Brew Coffeehouse and local artists are raising money for families displaced by the war.

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March 18, 2022

Vans Triple Crown Artist Ruben Aira Jr. Collaborates in Benefit Auction in Support of Ukraine at Local Coffee House

Honolulu, HI – Artist Ruben Aira Jr., known internationally as the “Father of Surfboard Carving,” will be collaborating with acclaimed painter Leni Acosta Knight to present an art exhibition and silent auction to help aid the effort in Ukraine.


August 23, 2018

‘Silent Empowerment’ Gives Voice to Victims of Abuse

Honolulu, HI  “Silent Empowerment,” a one-day arts event at the Salt at Our Kaka'ako common space, is dedicated to empowering victims of domestic and sexual abuse and preventing violence... Ruben Aira Jr. displays his surfboard carvings.


July 19, 2017

The Art of Surfboard Carving by Ruben Aira - North Shore of Oahu

North Shore, Oahu – Many years ago in a house on top of Pupukea on the North Shore of Oahu his journey of discovery in a Hawaiian art form began to take shape. Hawai'i being the birthplace of surfing and the North Shore being the center of the surfing world he found all the material and inspiration needed in order to bring his visions to life.

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November 17, 2016

Vans Triple Crown Dedicated to Host Hawaii’s Only Sustainable Event Series

Haleiwa, Oahu – With an emphasis on environment, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is making event sustainability a top line priority amid six weeks of non-stop surf action. Pupukea artist Ruben Aira Jr. recognizes this as an opportunity to contribute art and culture to the surfing series. 

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