Hawaiian Artist Shares a Piece of Paradise With Her Vibrant Illustrations

Hawaii Illustration Images by Punky Aloha

With its sandy beaches, lush landscapes, and sparkling blue oceans, it’s no wonder that Hawaii is among the top vacation destinations. Still, few people know what it is really like to be a native of the Aloha State. For Shar Tuiasoa of Punky Aloha Studio, her island upbringing is a formative element of her art. With her strikingly colorful illustrations, Tuiasoa crafts her own unique visual language, and shares a little slice of paradise in the process.

Born and raised on the island of Oahu by a mother who studied illustration, Tuiasoa grew up surrounded by art—even tagging along to a few of her mother’s college art classes as a child. She has since found her own way as an artist, carving out a space for herself in the local Hawaiian art community as a freelance illustrator. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, her vibrant pieces tell the story of modern island life and Polynesian culture with bright, graphic forms and stylized details. Each one creates a visual space where her own story—and those of women like her—are represented and celebrated.

“Being from Hawai'i has a huge influence on my style and aesthetic choices,” Tuiasoa tells My Modern Met. “I am so inspired by the vibrancy of our Polynesian culture and environment and the colors that surround me every day. Everything I create is created from the heart.  I love what I do and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to share my heart with people every day.”

Shar Tuiasoa of Punky Aloha Studio shares a slice of paradise with her colorful illustrations of island life.

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The Hawaiian artist draws her inspiration from a number of sources, especially her own Polynesian culture and heritage.

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Her pieces tell the story of modern island life with bright, graphic forms and stylized details.

Hawaii Illustration Images by Punky AlohaPunky Aloha Hawaiian Art by Shar TuiasoaHawaii Illustration Images by Punky Aloha

With her own unique visual language, she crafts a space where her own story—and those of women like her—are represented and celebrated.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Punky Aloha Studio.

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Arnesia Young

Arnesia Young is a contributing writer for My Modern Met and an aspiring art historian. She holds a BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies with a minor in Design from Brigham Young University. With a love and passion for the arts, culture, and all things creative, she finds herself intrigued by the creative process and is constantly seeking new ways to explore and understand it.
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