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! www.journeywithmpho.com – 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.