Co-Founder / Executive Director
Estria Miyashiro has been spray painting for over 30 years, and is recognized around the world as an urban art living legend. As a pioneer in an arts movement that is arguably more influential than the classical renaissance, he is acknowledged as a valued historian, and a community leader who has helped to awaken the social and political consciousness of graffiti writing art.
Originally from Honolulu, Estria was active in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980’s during the “Golden Age Of Graffiti.” His graffiti art background has led him to produce innovative projects as an educator, entrepreneur, and social activist. From the city streets, to executive suites, Estria has worked with numerous non-profit organizations (Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center in San Francisco & Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland), as well as high profile corporations. In 2007, he co-founded the “Estria Battle,” a nationwide urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip Hop arts. In 2010, he co-founded the Estria Foundation.
Tina is the friendly smile that greets all our guests in our office and hālau. She handles all administrative and financial duties for our programming and office management. All operational positions for the Mele Murals and Hālau Pāheona programs report to Tina. Tina also supports all fundraising planning for the organization, insuring that all events for our programs, fundraisers, and special events launch on time with no hitches.
Tina has extensive experience in Business Management and Administration, with 15 years of experience in the Insurance Industry and 10 years in the Travel Industry
With over a decade of professional fundraising experience, Guy has successfully raised millions of dollars for mission-critical programs and projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Guy holds an M.A. in political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where his studies focused on public policy. During graduate school, Guy interned at the Hawai‘i State Legislature and later worked as a Committee Clerk for House of Representative’s Committee on Education chair Roy Takumi.
Since his time at the Legislature, Guy has served as the Director of Foundation and Relations at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, the Assistant Executive Director at Hi‘ipaka LLC, the Associate Executive Director of Advancement at the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and most recently as President of Grant Works Hawai‘i.
Project Manager / Muralist
Born and raised in Honolulu, Mike “Bam” Tyau currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, but returns often to Hawai‘i to teach mural and Hawaiian cultural classes for the Mele Murals program.
Mike started his career in the videogame industry working for Sega of America and climbed the corporate ladder to become an art director in graphic design. He started a computer animation company and his past computer graphics work affects how he uses technology in his artwork today. Mike has collaborated with other artists in New York City, Miami, Hiroshima, Barcelona, Florence, and frequently returns to Honolulu to teach and paint for Mele Murals.
Mike has worked with youth groups at Youth Uprising in Oakland and 808 Urban in Honolulu. He has lead after school interns at the Estria Foundation in Emeryville and is proud to be one of the arts and cultural teachers that helped launch Hālau Pāheona afterschool workshops at Kaimuki High School.
Having volunteered with KUPU, Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy, and Ho‘oulu ‘Āina, Nicole has great experience in working for community-based organizations that empower the people of Hawaii. She aligns with the Estria Foundationʻs advocation for place-based learning for indigenous people and teaching youth to be our future storytellers.
Nicole graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Pacific Islands Studies from UH Manoa and is currently a graduate student in the PACS (Pacific Islands Studies) program.