MAY 16, 2023

The last day for you to purchase the most incredible acai bowl on Earth will be Sunday, May 28th.  As mentioned here last month, the Sunset Café will end their operation this month.  We have found a new operator for the space and will share more about what’s to come next time.  Jo and Rod have been amazing at The Collective — we’re sad to see them go!!

We learned last month that the Pacific Art & Ink Expo (PIAE) will not be held this year, but is brewing up a fantastic return in 2024, all systems GO.  Follow @hawaiitattooexpo for updates.

Ty has been hosting Flash on the last weekend of the month beginning in February.  She is at it again for a single-day event on May 28th for 10 lucky clients.  Follow Ty for details on how to be part of her nature-based tattoo world!

Until next time, be nice to each other.  🙂

APR 6, 2023

We are searching for a new cafe operation, as the incredible Sunset Cafe team are relocating to live elsewhere, and will be closing down in the coming weeks.  All involved are grateful for our partnership!!  It has been a mutually beneficial, friendly, and delicious business relationship.   

We are continuing our music program but are equally interested in welcoming other talented performers:  hula, martial arts, dance, comedians (clean acts only please) and welcome vendors to hold pop-ups on our lanai from time to time — especially new businesses looking for a jumpstart in public visibility.  Show up with your cello, bring your guitar, etc.

We’re very proud of the growth of the business, and the expansion of the careers of all the tattoo artists.  We continue to foster the concept of MUDITA — a sanskrit word meaning approximately “the deriving of happiness from the success of others”.  We root for each other in our shop, and this carries over to the business neighbors around us and across the windward side.  Business is hard.  We want everyone to succeed.  That’s the vibe of The Collective.

Be nice to each other.  🙂

FEB 9, 2023

If you have been looking for a fresh, healthy, colorful option for your midday meal, we can share proudly that the new Sunset Café at The Collective is worth a visit!  Take a look at their page to learn more and see the entire menu; their food is oozing vitamins and minerals!  It has been a thrill to see the faces of the neighborhood come back into the shop, having discovered the incredible Sunset Café menu.  Acai Bowls, Smoothies, Salads, Sandwiches, Coffee == all equals YUM!

The Flash event in January was a success, as we saw nearly 100 clients getting Friday the 13th themed tattoos.  Thank yous go out to the several local businesses who participated by donating to our Flash goody-bags.  Not sure what we’ll do next, as the calendar is low on Friday the 13th’s for a while, but stay tuned to our business IG @thecollectivegallery_llc and the tattoo IG @thecollectivekailua for posts on upcoming events.

The shop has welcomed two stellar tattoo artist in the last couple of months, namely Robert Bennett and Josh Flinn.  Both of these gents have joined us seamlessly, and we’re elated to have such nice dudes to work with.

Live music at The Collective keeps rolling, despite a wet and windy Hawaiian winter season.  Some news on some of the musicians:

***  Megan Aho, a.k.a. Molly Whuppie, will perform on the lanai at The Collective during the next several Aloha Home Markets (340 Uluniu Street, our neighborhood parking lot).  You can learn more about Megan in the CURRENT ISSUE OF HAWAIIAN AIRLINE’S “HANA HOU” MAGAZINE!!  (Exciting!!)  Megan will play February 11th AND March 5th.

***  Dominic Carlos appeared on February 2nd as the featured “new artist” in legendary performer Henry Kapono’s Artist 2 Artist series at Blue Note Hawaii.  More than simply an opening act, Dominic, who last appeared at The Collective on January 22nd, performed 4 original songs, and concluded his time on stage with Henry Kapono himself.  We’re ecstatic for Dominic — an artist on the rise and a super friend of The Collective.

***  Picking up on the Artist 2 Artist series, Matt Krahula is going to be the featured artist at the upcoming edition of the show on March 9th, again at Blue Note Hawaii.  Matt approached us in the fall of 2020 about playing at our mural, and we’ve been grateful to host him at The Collective ever since.  In addition to many musical efforts he has going on, he is notably the bassist for Henry Kapono’s band and can be found as you’d expect at Duke’s on Sunday, Duke’s Waikiki, right on the beach.

All for now — Easy Does It!

JAN 5, 2023

We enjoyed hosting Liilii Donuts from May to December 2022, and wish Travis and Erika every success in their future ventures.  The cafe begins anew, again, tomorrow.  We welcome Jo and Rod, who are bringing their loyal following from their Sunset Bowls Hawaii food truck operation to The Collective.  Introducing the SUNSET CAFE with its grand opening weekend now upon us.

We haven’t stopped offering complimentary live music for the general public during our events as well as any of the market days across the street.  Please see our 2023 lineup and a list of the performers who helped showcase our business in 2022.  We are deep into our third year of giving musicians a quaint spot to play, to try new material, to connect with the public, and to perpetuate our commitment to art.  

The Collective has contracted back into a single space, as we conceded the second suite in September 2022.  Camaraderie in the shop has reached new heights as the artists work together in the “old tea shop”.  Each of the artists is growing and improving and expanding, and we’ve enjoyed being able to host their dreams and possibilities.

Having enjoyed the opportunity to host three previous Flash Tattoo events, we are at it again on Friday January 13th, with another Friday the Thirteenth Flash event.  These have been very fun and also afford us the chance to partner with local businesses, rewarding each client with a goody bag of items that keep people connected to small businesses in the area.  Read more about the upcoming flash event here.  And come say hello to our new tattoo area manager Amelia next time you’re in.  Amelia will be helping clients and artists with the business side of things as well as setting up consults and walk-in opportunities.

Remember:  What you pay attention to becomes your life.

MAY 4, 2022

Early May has often been an eventful season of change at The Collective.  In 2019 we changed our food menu completely.   In 2020 we remodeled the kitchen and grew the tattoo shop.  In 2021 we added a sixth tattooist and started to feel the need for more space.  This year, 2022, we are going to make another change.  During the weeks ahead, we are going to hand over the cafe this month, by welcoming Li’ili’i Donuts into the space.  Travis and Erika will be familiar to many of our customers as their business has often been a staple at neighboring markets.  We have been their support kitchen since October of 2021, and when their desire for a storefront met our desire to outsource cafe operations, … Voila!   We will be aggressive on Instagram and with signage as the transition takes place.  This has been something we have wanted to do for a while, but we are very protective of our business and brand — we were not going to hand the kitchen over to anyone — Li’ili’i Donuts is a perfect fit and so we’re going for it!  However…not before we execute Flash Friday —>>

Flash Friday May 13th is nearly sold out!  In addition to the fun times we’ll have that day, we have three awesome live music acts lined up from Noon to 8pm, and we are partnering with neighbor businesses to sweeten the pot for the Flash clients, and collaborate to keep business in the Uluniu Street vicinity.  More about this collaboration in the weeks ahead.

There is an octopus under the building.  Chip Fasciana has been bringing the giant tako to life and will complete it this Mothers’ Day weekend!

Be nice to each other.  You never know what people are going through.  🙂

APRIL 7, 2022

Spring has sprung, and we are lined up for a great season of action at The Collective.  The “Live Music at The Mural” series been going strong since October 2020, and we continue to feature the same friendly service across all parts of the business.  We are hiring

The tattoo shop has added Jamie Hidaro as a full-time artist, and has an incredible array of artists coming to guest during the next 4 months.  We are hiring full-time artists as of this posting, and are looking forward to our FULL-SPEED, BIG-TIME FRIDAY THE 13TH FLASH next month!  Friday the 13th comes one time in 2022, and we’re ready for it.  10 artists, 12 hours, and YOU!  We’ll put up the eventbrite link on April 30th!

All for now.  Be nice to yourself and others.

FEBRUARY 16, 2022  

At last, a minute to send a letter to all of you dedicated followers.  The new Suite is rocking, with an 8-foot mural by Fabio Mauro and Flor Lasarte (image), gallery art created by and curated by Bethany Georges, and all the new chairs, workbenches, lights and trimmings lugged home and set-up by yours truly.  The space is enabling us to continue to host guest artists as well as ensure our crew has the space they need to thrive.  I’ve described the new space as “risk expansion, not cocky expansion” — we aren’t sure that growing to 10 artists is going to ultimately work, but owing to the immense talent and work ethic of our current crew, we’re optimistic thus far.

We’ve kept rolling with weekend art and music on the sidewalk.  Miss Nadia’s Art crew has brought smiles on Saturday, while moms and dads enjoy actual conversations with one another!  The weeks ahead feature Jenuine Leigh, Kalanikapu Copp, Matt Krahula, and Megan Aho, as we head toward Spring Break.  If there’s market action at the parking lot structure (every Sunday, some Saturdays), then we’re doing live music.  It is one of the nicest places to sit and enjoy great musicians, so I hope you make your way to our place sometime soon.

Thanks for supporting small business in any way you can!



Two years have passed since we hosted BLACK FRIDAY BINGO in the lounge.  I think we had 25-30 people, a bunch of BYOB, and a great time!  Times sure have changed.  

Big News!  WE’RE expanding into a second suite at our current location, adding 4 complete stations in an adjacent space within our building.  Lisa is getting lots of interested artists reaching out to join us.  We intend to remain the same with a concierge-like cafe as our entry point, and then 10-11 stations for tattoos.  Our lease begins this coming week and we’re nearly outfitted for the opening of the new space.

We hope to see lots of people at all the December markets, including three Aloha Home Markets on December 5, 12, and 19, and also two Lokahi Kailua Markets at a special 4:30-8:30 window on December 4 and 18.  We’ll keep on bringing you live music on Sundays, with TRISHNALEI headlining on December 5th, DNA_MUSE on December 12th, and our fave loctician/tattooist/painter/songwriter Jenuine Leigh on December 19th.  Bring a lawnchair, bring a friend, and come enjoy free sidewalk music with us!

YES-VEMBER 2, 2021

Several tattoo shop personnel additions to report regarding this most optimistic month of the year:  YES-VEMBER!

  • We’ve welcomed “Sprig” as a tattoo apprentice.  Sprig has been awesome right out of the gate, especially laying all of the 100+ stencils on Halloween Flash Friday.  Sprig is working on elementary designs and is available to work simple pieces for tips with shop supervsion (@scavengertattoo)
  • This week we’ll add the very talented Bethany Georges to the tattoo shop, as she puts the finishing touches on her apprenticeship.  Already a renown local artist, Bethany produced an art exhibit currently in progress as Windward Community College, and will display art at The Collective this month.  (@bgeorgesart)
  • Visiting Guest Artists!!!

    • FLOR & FABIO (Argentina) here now and through December 26th!
    • LAU MESTRE (Spain) arrives this month through February!  (@laumestreart)
    • Drew and Dom (California) checking in for three days in early December (@inkidu_drew &
    • @dmt.attoo in the house December 4-5 (fully booked), name is Drew Mangold and he is rather wizardly!

Looking ahead to FIVE count-em FIVE big ALOHA HOME MARKETS between now and Christmas.  These days are always super-fun as we welcome many folks who haven’t seen our business before — always fun to introduce people to our store 😉

Keep Going — It’s YES-VEMBER!  Be Nice To Each Other 🙂

October 1, 2021

BOO!!!  It’s Hallow-tober!!!!!   BIGGGG MONTH COMING UP!!

FLOR and FABIO return from Argentina for their 4th guest stint at The Collective in the last two years.  See the Tattoo Artists page and scroll to see some of their work.  They have a very motivated following here on Oahu, and will book very quickly now that the word is out.   Estimated arrival October 15th.  Book directly with F&F using IG DM.

On Friday, October 29th, we are hosting a supremely awesome Halloween Flash Friday tattoo event, with the artists available from 10am through 10pm.  We’ll reveal the flash sheets in a couple days, and begin taking deposits to hold a time-slot.  We’re also booking musicians to play outside by the mural, and will very likely have some more fun action in store for you.  Stay tuned on IG for updates.

We’re approved to be the Support Kitchen for Li’ili’i Donuts beginning October 18th, and we are elated to welcome Travis and Erika to our family.  We’ll get to selling 4-packs of their delicious, gluten-free donuts by the end of the month.  These, alongside Aloha Bites GF cupcakes has made our bakery case colorful and delicious-er than ever!

Lastly, we’re hosting live music by outstanding musical artists every Sunday.  The musical lineup is on this page, so make sure to come through every Sunday and enjoy the talents of people you ought to have to pay to see!!

Be good to yourself and come to The Collective today!

September 8, 2021

Thanks to everyone who came in for last month’s Friday the 13th Flash event.  We had a great time doing it, and will put together another one for our favorite time of year:  HALLOWEEN.  Friday October 29th we’re having a Halloweed-themed day for Flash Tattoos.  We’ll keep you posted @thecollectivekailua as that event comes into form. 

We’re working to grow our variety of Gluten-Free treats in the cafe.  This week we begin pairing up with Aloha Bites, selling their 6-packs of colorful, decorative, and delicious mini-cupcakes (GF).  Soon, we’ll also host Li’ili’i Donuts, which have been a sensation at local markets.  So watch for posts about these new arrivals @thecollectivekailuacafe

Live Music at the Mural on Sundays keeps rolling along — this month includes a Saturday show featuring DNA_MUSE.  Please see the live music page I put together here.  Multi-talented house tattooist Jen performs every third Sunday.  

To begin the process of booking with a tattoo artist, the best place to start is @thecollectivekailua.  Follow the linktree, look through our artists, and reach out to them directly via their links on Instagram.  If you are unsure which artist you prefer, just contact us by phone 230-8832 during cafe hours (8-4) or email (website link) and we will help match you up.  Our artists are increasingly in great demand, so don’t delay reaching out.   

Be mindful in your journey.    

June 30, 2021

Officially 2 and a HALF years into this store, so happy 2.5-th!  Everybody’s been through a lot so you don’t need me telling you our story.  We’re moving forward.  We’re about now and what’s next.  This means we are focused on steadiness and consistency in the cafe’, our blossoming Sunday music scene, and the tattoo shop flow.  

  • In the Cafe we’ve become steady providers of the most incredible breakfast burritos and calzones in town.  One Love Bakery has been nailing it — we’d put these up against any BB in town for value and quality.  Additionally, we’ve welcomed Skyler and Tonia to our cafe team as we expand hours in July to 8am-4pm daily.  
  • The SUNDAY MUSIC SCENE is taking off.  I never promise the musicians that people will gather en masse to hear them play.  But as the weeks go by, more and more patrons of the Lokahi Kailua Market are stopping by to see what’s up, and hear what’s up.  I’m hopeful that as this remains a steady, predictable music venue, people will come by as regulars.  See the lineup I’ve put together into September here.  
  • Tattoos.  Yes.  Next week we add a 6th full-time artist to our group, as @johnyxart moves here from Salt Lake City.  See our tattoo artists page here.  Lisa, Carly, and all three of our apprentices are firing along with books full into August or beyond.  You’ve probably found our tattoo shop’s IG page by now, but it’s linked here.  

June of 2021 taught us a lot about life and about perspective.  We’re endeavoring to continue to be a positive small business adding positive vibes and friendliness to an incredible town on a gorgeous island in the middle of the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  Hope to see you soon.  

June 8, 2021

We are grateful as customers and clients find our shop, and enjoy the quality of the multi-faceted experience we offer.  Our wonderful bunch of talented and happy people press on despite sudden, tragic news we received just a few days ago.  It has been an emotional time for us, and yet being able to serve people has been medicinal.  May our dear friend Trevor Frasca rest in eternal peace and serenity.

May 21, 2021

One of the cafe challenges we face is having internet photos of food we used to make.  It’s always a bummer to tell people we no longer make the Loaded Avocado Toast that was such a favorite before COVID arrived.  However, we’re very proud to serve quality products from One Love Bakery and Cafe.  Three pot pie flavors, three quiche flavors, and now breakfast burritos and calzones as well — each one crafted with ALOHA in Shannon’s kitchen.  We love doing business with One Love Bakery!!

We are rolling with weekly music at the mural on Sundays.  Please see the lineup on this page.  

Please welcome Ty Hedrick to our group of talented artists!  Ty brings a following from her time designing her own artistic brand of clothing.  Her clothing often inspired customers to say that they would love to have her work on them as a tattoo, and VOILA!  Ty is apprenticing now and will be opening books for summer appointments in the weeks ahead 🙂

April 6, 2021

We have climbed through the Tiers (Tears?) and settled into what has become our new baseline.  Forced to dive out of the standup comedy scene a year ago, we have found that we love hosting live music Sundays on our lanai.  Aligned with the neighborhood shopping markets, our late-morning live music has added the welcoming sounds of LIFE after such a demented year.  The musicians appreciate your clapping, your ears, and your attention, as well as a small tip if you can spare a little bread.  These talented artists all play at cover-charge environments in town and all around, so the opportunity to walk-up and listen to them is a privilege we hope people come to enjoy.  Please visit our calendar page to see who’s playing in April and May.    

Additionally, we’ve continued to see great attendance on Saturdays at Miss Nadia’s children’s art classes — now underneath our terrific new awning.  These wonderful make-and-take craft events have become a staple in our connection with the community.  Please follow this link to read more about Kids Art with Miss Nadia. 

Lastly, we’ve grown the tattoo shop to better accommodate 5 full-time tattoo artists and guest artists whenever opportunity knocks to welcome them to the group.  With a smaller indoor cafe’ space, The Collective has focused on making sure our outdoor area is ready for you to enjoy covered cruising under the awning.  Take care!  Come through!  

January 15, 2021

The Collective is making changes to improve our business’s survivability.  Next week we intend to add a big, long, purple awning to the lanai, in order to provide a more reliably weather-protected space.  The awning will retract in the event of excessive rains or winds, but on most beautiful Hawaii days, you’ll be able to cruise with a more consistent covering.  This is being done as we have to move away from indoor dining.  As a result, we’re expanding the tattoo shop into the “living room” area, and making room for more artists.  In the next couple of weeks we’ll finish plans and execute another remodeling that will likely bring the floorplan to its final state of being.

Looking ahead to the next Aloha Home Market on January 24th, we will again bring you live music on the lanai.  We’re welcoming back friends who came and played in 2020:  Jen Blevins starts at 9:30am, and she will be followed by DNA_MUSE.  Follow these musicians (@jenuine_leigh_jams)(@dna_muse) and come relax out in front of The Collective.  Even though someone calls HPD every time we do this, we aren’t going to relent.  This store is about art in its many forms — and so we’re going to bring you live music.  In addition, Fabio Mauro will amaze you with another of his magical live paintings as well.

Be Happy.  Love Your People.

December 20, 2020

Thank you customers, clients, and followers for supporting us during this unbelievable year.

This coming week, Argentina’s tattoo superheroes Fabio and Florencia return to The Collective for their 3rd guest artist visit.  Books are open into late February, so please reach out to them.  For best results, we recommend contacting them via Instagram.

We intend to continue live music on the weekends, and are always ready to listen to how the cafe space can be rented for after-hours meetings or parties.  Write to us in email using the Contact Us button.

Merry Christmas, everybody!

November 22, 2020

We’ve had some good times this month including two carnivals on our lanai with live music, meatballs, and artisan showcases — macarons, kids’ art, live painting, and jewelry all featured.  Three more events are planned for December 6th, 12th, and 19th to carry you into the new year.  We learned how to reserve the parking places out front to enhance our space and your covid safety, so we’ll do that for these events.

We’re greatful for the trust our tattoo clients place in us.  We have never doubted our ability to operate a professional tattoo shop that meets or exceeds all DOH standards.  Please have a look at the artists’ work via @thecollectivekailua.

“My Balls Kailua” has set up Tuesday afternoons (4:30-7:00pm) for dinner take-home action, including balls, sauce, and their newest creation called The Hot Chick — which is a magnificent chicken parm sandwich.  Trevor and I awarded 10’s.  The ladies are also going to be participating in the incredible Kailua Night Market on Nov 28th, 5-9pm.  Going to be a riot.

Welcome new artist Sinjin Kristoff to the team!  Sinjin is going to be assisting us as he apprentices under Lisa and Trevor in the months ahead.  Sinjin’s outgoing nature and charisma will be readily apparent, so please come say hello to him.

We’ve also welcomed to the family a young lady who has perfected several VEGAN (**VEGAN!!!**) dessert recipes.  Kai just wrapped up her first session Friday night, and there are delicious chocolate covered doughnuts, blueberry scones, and apple strudel muffins in the chiller right now.  Who’s going to be first to try them??  We hope you enjoy these delightful treats — tell your friends!

The cafe will take Thanksgiving off, but be back for Black Friday.  Aloha.

November 1, 2020

Thanks to word of mouth, coconut telegraph, Instagram followers, neighborhood markets, our staff, and the great artists we host, The Collective is looking optimistically at the month of Movember.  Several highlights are confirmed on our calendar page, and yet we know that new surprises await us.

Yesterday, as one example, we welcomed a group out of nowhere, called the Aloha Knitters, who found the center-stage couches the perfect area to enjoy a couple hours of friendship, laughs, coffee, food, and KNITTING!  What a lovely group of ladies!  After essentially four months of closure this year, the JOYFUL SOUNDS of five women enjoying camaraderie and friendship was amazing.  It is hours like these that were precisely what Lisa and I hoped to create at The Collective.  And, while seating limitations are in place by City Tiers, we nevertheless welcome your group to come enjoy our lounge as the Aloha Knitters did today.

We also hosted Kids Art with Miss Nadia, and built out a calendar for these events that are fun, artful, and heart-warming.  Next week, Nadia will move to Sunday, then return on Saturday the 14th and 21st.  Sign up here!

Witches descended/ascended (not sure which) upon The Collective yesterday, as a preview of a big month ahead.  “My Balls Kailua” debuted on June 28th with us, and we have managed to wind our way through COVID to continue to bring you their incredible energy and MEATBALLS.  The ladies will be outside on our lanai on November 7th and 15th during Aloha Home Markets to serve their entire arsenal of deliciousness, and will begin recurring Tuesday afternoon Dinners-to-Go on November 17th.

Fighting back.  Climbing out.  Offering respite.

Slinging ink.  Delivering caffeine.  Keeping it real.

These are the THINGS.  Come by soon!!!

October 25, we all know what year it is…

Yesterday, the Earth resumed rotating on its axis, the sun was shining, people were out together, and it felt like the good old days.  Probably at some point, we passed within illegal distances of each other, but when you have 11 socially-distant people in line for coffee, there is likely to be some flirtation with disaster.  Alas, we fight on as a society, normalizing, caffeinating, adding body art, and enjoying the menu of festivities we offered on Saturday.  Duncan landed a wonderful booking of @flohimusic for 75 minutes of majestic vocals and original music from Connor and Lou.  Our friend Julia hosted her wonderful creations of macrame and brass jewelry, and we teamed with the vibrant @alohahomemarket to shake up Uluniu Street.  Our whole team is fully energized by this weekend’s signs of renewal and hope!

Following up on our friend Mpho, her podcast “@journeywithmpho” recorded last week in our lounge and is live now at all the places listed below.  Wonderful!  Titled “Three Foodie Couples in a Room” and subtitled to feature support for local businesses, the podcast is a real treat.  The group dived head-first into the delightful macarons brought to us by @graciescakesandmore, which are sold daily at The Collective.

Building up our weekend lineups for the weeks ahead. Please see fresh updates to our Calendar page.  Be on the lookout for Halloween Art for Kids with Nadia (sign ups here), and more live music on the weekends.  Shaka.

October 20, 2020

Well, at last, we’re going to have an opportunity on Thursday to re-re-open the tattoo shop.  Lisa, Trevor, and Carly are appropriately in high demand.  Please head to our Tattoo Artists page here to see their work and find their links.

What’s been very gratifying for us is to begin to have events to populate our calendar once again.  The calendar page used to keep us pretty busy, updating names of headliner comedians, lanai musicians, or other events.  Sadly that page has been relatively inert this year, but have a look here and you’ll see that we’re taking Tier 2 and running with it!

Last Wednesday evening, we welcomed a true friend of the store named Mpho to record the latest podcast in her series titled “Journey with Mpho”.  It was a real pleasure to do so, and we look forward to continuing to support her podcast, her poetry, and her positive outlook!  Mahalo, Mpho! – also available via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Podbeam.

We’re grateful to the people who kept the business alive through the second shutdown — our staff and customers.  Be Good and Artful.