Riber Drer, 5, front, and Jai Vishnew, 7, bust out their best moves at Ride the Breaks Festival Sunday at the Donkey Mill Art Center. (Laura Shimabuku/Special to West Hawaii Today)
Jayden Uowolo, 8, shows off his moves at the Ride the Breaks Hip Hop Festival Sunday at the Donkey Mill Art Center. The four-day event featured music, dance, art and everything hip hop with instructors coming from as far as New York to participate. (Laura Shimabuku/Special to West Hawaii Today)
Hip hop, break dancing, graffiti writing, deejaying and emceeing made up the spectacle known as The Ride the Breaks Festival.
The four-day long festival, which ended Sunday, presented all the positive elements of hip hop in various contexts, such as performances, competitions, live painting, lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Organizers hoped it appealed to a larger community, sparked involvement by artists at all ages and in stages of their career, as well as empowered young people to know the possibilities of art.
The fourth annual festival also successfully brought together world renowned dancers and artists from throughout Hawaii, the mainland, and around the world to create a forum for cultural exchange through direct community outreach at a variety of locations.
At the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa, several popular street artists did live aerosal painting demonstrations and sketchbook drawings. They invited guests to leave their imprint on community murals while DJs played break beats and classics Sunday.