Meet Nick Kuchar: Artist, Designer, Optimist

We gathered a handful of bold creators for whom the uncertainties of the current moment spurred unprecedented leaps of inspiration and resourcefulness. Learn what ingenuities sprang from the obstacles, leisure time, and seclusion of the last year, and follow along as they visit the community spaces where they’ve sought solace and connection on their journeys forward. Introducing Nick Kuchar. 


Best known for his vintage-inspired travel prints featuring local landmarks, artist Nick Kuchar has made a career of celebrating Hawai‘i’s unique charm and local culture. Since launching his art and design business in 2010, Nick has steadily amassed a fanbase around the world as well as a growing list of local and national clients eager to commission designs rendered in his signature style.


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“If you’re always curious and open to learning new things, that goes a long way in Hawai‘i. There’s so much to learn from people who have been here for generations.”


When lockdown measures shuttered retail stores across the islands, Nick doubled down on his online business and seized the opportunity to pursue new ventures, including opening his first brick-and-mortar retail shop and embarking on a year-long stint as artist in residence at Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina.


“The pandemic taught us to be really grateful for what we already have.”


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Fortunately for Nick, he’s found no shortage of inspiration to bring back to his home studio in ‘Ewa Beach. A wealth of source material always awaits him on beach days with his ‘ohana (family), who share his love and appreciation for the ‘āina (land) and ocean.


Be sure to check out Nick’s gallery and online store featuring original artwork, nostalgic travel prints, and merch:

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