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The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation


Working together with ODKF Executive Director Sarah Fairchild, I created various promotional/social media initiatives to help amplify the organization. This took the form of Instagram/Facebook posts and tee-shirts/merchandise.

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku: An Iconic Life 8-Part Timeline initiative posting in Summer 2023 on the ODKF Instagram site.


For the latest Fall promotion, a set of 9 new designs were created that are a mix of vintage-modern and contemporary branding styles. The heritage direction is an ode to ODKF's longevity and its roots to the community. The contemporary direction has an upbeat design aesthetic that plays on local Hawaiian themes.


For initial Fall promotion, I created illustrations based on the premise of Duke Kahanamoku being the Original Waterman and a Hawaiian Surf Legend. The custom illustrations/type were hand-drawn look which The Local Brand Co specializes in. They were based on iconic images of the Duke and authorized by licensing agent Malama Pono. The color palette is upbeat and contemporary.

The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. ODKF’s mission is to financially support the development of individuals and organizations that perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. Since inception, ODKF has been providing support to Hawai’i students, teams and events that personify the spirit of Duke Kahanamoku.

Both were limited-run tee-shirt/merchanidse promotions. The initial Fall designs were featured in the style section of Midweek. Midweek is Hawaii's favorite newspaper covering the local community, movies, entertainment, fashion, food, sports and more. The initial Fall artwork was also highlighted in Imua, Kamehameha Schools quarterly alumni publication which Greg is a graduate of. KS was founded by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great. The school's mission is to create educational opportunities while improving capabilities and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry. ShoutOut LA featured the initial Fall DK illustrations as well as other design projects created by Greg in an article about his thought-process. The publication highlights independent creatives in Los Angeles. 

In this moment of challenge and change, creative professionals are embracing the concept of “Designing For Good.” Graphic Design USA featured a special entry category for graphic communications that advance positive social and environmental action and social justice impact; promote diversity, equity and inclusion; and aim to make communities and the world a better place for people and nature. The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation: Duke The Original Waterman Promotion/Social Media + T-Shirts was recognized as a winner in this category. From among 10,000+ entries, less than 10 percent were selected as winners. The flagship American Graphic Design Awards honors the best and the brightest, the most effective and engaging, graphic communications of the year. Text excerpted from Graphic Design USA congratulations letter.

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