The Benefits of Water



The other day I sent my brother a picture of me holding a puppy at the pet store. He asked me what I was doing to look so young, “You look like a kid!” he said. My initial response was that being in love surely has something to do with it! I also believe that drinking 16 ounces of water at room temperature, first thing in the morning, before I drink or eat anything else, has been hugely beneficial to my overall wellness. Every since I started this practice, I’ve noted many health benefits. Starting your day this way lubricates your body so it can it can perform more efficiently. It helps your body rid itself out what no longer serves you. It prepares the way for meals and beverages. It moisturizes your skin! It’s not always the first thing you want to do in the morning, but I’ve made it a habit because I know it’s great for me. Lately, one of my doctors told me that drinking three liters of water is too much. She also recommend that I drink it slowly throughout the day rather than chugging. It’s also possible that too much water can cause harm. The important thing is just to make sure you’re drinking water. Atres

Introducing Trysen Kaneshige of TKay2 Designs


Five years ago Ken Nishimura, founder of Keep It Flowing, taught a calligraphy/handstyle workshop in Kauai where Trysen was one of his students. Trysen was 15 then. Now, Ken mentors him on the ins-and-outs of organizing a statewide mural program. Trysen is part of our Mentorship Program where we teach skills as diverse as fundraising, project management and mural painting. Ken also coaches Trysen in developing public speaking, presentation and organizational skills. Through NEOMP, Trysen has already witnessed the power of art as a vehicle for positively impacting communities. This season, the third NEOMP, Trysen wanted to take more of a leadership role. So, this time, hiscompany, TKay2 Designs, is partnering with NEOMP while Trysen takes all of his college classes online. Otherwise, he would be in Southern California where he is a sophomore at the Art Institute of California-San Diego. During this tour, Keep It Flowing and TKay2 Designs will paint four murals at four high schools on four islands in four weeks. Trysen is born and raised in Kauai where NEOMP received a proclamation from Mayor Bernard Carvahlo during our second NEOMP tour. Trysen was wholly responsible for informing the Mayor about our anti-meth mural project. We are excited to see what Trysen has up his sleeve next! Atres

Making Letters Dance 

This week Ken Nishimura is leading a Style Writing/ Calligraphy workshop open to all ages at Diverse Art in Kakaako (MWF 5-7pm). Today’s students included two ten year-olds, one recent college grad, and two young professional graphic designers from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Ken started with the fundamentals: ABCs, straight letters with a chisel-tip pen on white paper. The objective was to write the alphabet using the same exact line heaviness for each letter. It’s easier said than done!


The second step was eliminating negative space, in other words, using the least amount of white space between letters without them run into each other. The last step was, as Ken’s said “making the letters dance.” Usually, Ken has students work on step one for weeks or months until they’ve mastered their writing instrument, but for the sake of satisfying three wide ranging levels of experience with this art form, he introduced all three steps and had us practice each one so we could all get a taste of where style writing, or calligraphy, can take us once we’ve mastered the fundamentals.




The Countdown Begins for NEOMP Spring 2015


Only 40 days until our third anti-meth mural tour begins. We’ll be painting 4 murals on 4 islands at 4 high schools and we’re so excited! One way to prepare for the physical challenges of this tour is by staying health conscious. Yesterday we cross-trained: walking 5 miles followed by ocean swimming then weightlifting. We’ve also started eating probiotic foods and we definitely feel the difference! We were inspired to learn more about fermented foods after watching a documentary that premiered online, Origins. So far, we’ve made kimchi, sauerkraut and pickled cucumbers. It’s a process, but so rewarding! It’s also quite affordable! We want to keep learning about fermenting foods so if you have any info to share, please do!