Youth Development • Arts Education • Cultural Preservation • Community Building
Todd "Estria" Johnson
Co-Founder / Executive Director
Todd “Estria” Johnson 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.
Chief Operations Officer
Jeninneʻs early school years were spent moving between Honolulu and southern California. Kaimukī High School is her alma mater. She graduated from the University of Hawaii Mānoa with a BA in psychology. Sheʻs a great addition to our team with over 15 years of management experience and 20 years in education. She manages all programs, operations, administrative, and financial duties for our programming and office management.
Jeninne enjoys all people, where making connections and helping others to find their passion motivates her. The aloha of ke Akua sustains Jeninne.
Hawaiian Cultural Studies Teacher
Angela Pastores is a haumāna (student) at heart and a kumu by intuition. With a love for Hawai’i that first began in lo’i of Waipi’o valley, her path as a yoga teacher and land steward has lead her to teach in Hawaiian-focused charter schools and outdoor education. Born in Italy and raised as a “military brat,” moving from place to place, influenced Angela to root down to the ʻāina that felt most like home, Hilo, Hawaii.
She graduated from the University of Hawaii Hilo with a B.A. in Anthropology, completed a teacher’s education program through Kaho’iwai and is continuing to learn from Kekuhi in Hālau ʻōhiʻa. She is deeply inspired to continue her kuleana working with youth with the Estria Foundation.
Elisha Zeitler joins Hālau Pāhoena at Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School. She has a Masters in Art Education and has been teaching in schools and different art studios all over New York City and Westchester, New York since 2005. She has a deep passion to teach the youth and inspire them to find their inner gifts using art. She’s an artist who works in many different mediums with a consistent soulful, spiritual style. She loves to bring community together through art, music, and cultural events.
Elisha works in visual art mediums such as ceramics, drawing, and painting and has a background in DJing. When Elisha is not in the classroom she is studying East Asian medicine in Acupuncture and Herbs at ICAOM in Honolulu.
Mike Bam Tyau
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 project manages the marketing, web development, and new development projects for the Estria Foundation and is proud to be one of the art and cultural teachers that helped launch Hālau Pāheona at Kaimukī High School.
Cherisse has worked in education since 2002 in both public and private school settings. She has worked with the Estria Foundation to design and implement the curriculum for Hālau Pāheona and the Professional Development program for teachers. As a mother of three boys, Cherisse has a personal interest in working to strengthen the quality of education in Hawaiʻi.
Sarah is a recent graduate of the University of Hawaii Mānoa with a degree in marketing. However she has always had a passion for art since she was young. Sarah started by volunteering for the Mele Murals Summer Program, where she found a deep connection with the program.
Sarah’s artwork can be found scattered around Oahu. During her free time, Sarah enjoys working on her small business up-cycling pieces, screen printing, and selling her beautiful floral artwork pieces.
The Fundraising Cabinet is a volunteer group dedicated to supporting and growing The Estria Foundation’s programs and operations. This is a non-voting, non-paid, voluntary support role. If you would like to be be a part of this exciting movement, please leave a message on the CONTACT US page.
Mihoko E. Ito