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 also a community leader who is helping to awaken the social and political consciousness of graffiti writing art.
Originally from Honolulu, Estria moved to The Bay Area in the 1980’s during San Francisco’s “Golden Age Of Graffiti.” His murals are known to be fun, cultural, political, and vibrant, with a focus and dedication to uplift the communities they serve. 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, 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 halau. She handles all of our administrative duties for all our programming and office management. Besides providing her kokua for the Estria Foundation offices, Tina works part time as an insurance broker at Occidental Underwriters and is a great mother of two sons.
Hālau Pāheona Teacher / Project Manager
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 package design. He started a computer animation company and his past computer graphics work affects how he uses technology in his artwork today. Mike has traveled to New York City, Miami, Hiroshima, Barcelona, Florence, and frequently back to Honolulu to collaborate with other artists. He’s also participated in the mural festivals of Miami Art Basel and Pow Wow Hawaii.
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 launching Hālau Pāheona workshops at Kaimuki High School.