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the Pin Up Chronicles - Big Island Grown

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When Sarah Anderson and Michelle Hartman collaborated on their first “pin up girl” photo session just for fun, they couldn’t have guessed where it would eventually lead. So pleased with the way the photos turned out, they decided to incorporate some of the images into travel posters evoking Honoka’a’s plantation days.

Featuring local women portrayed in a 1950’s pin up style, the vintage-look poster was an instant hit at Michelle’s shop in downtown Honoka’a.

Swooning over the classic Vargas and Elvgren pin up girl art, the women continued to recruit their friends and colleagues — it seemed like everyone wanted a chance to get dolled up and sassy! Start with Sarah as the photographer and Michelle on costuming and styling, add in a town full of vintage clothes, hometown pride, and curious visitors, and you have a project that intrigued locals and visitors alike.

Recounting her dad’s job as a Snap-On Tool salesman, and the ubiquitous Pin Up Calendars that decorated their garage, Michelle suggested that a calendar would be a sexier vehicle for the pin up photos. The creative duo worked quickly to develop the 2016 Pin Up Calendars in time for the new year — and they quickly sold out.

With a full year to plan and the entire town backing them, Sarah and Michelle came up with new ideas to celebrate the unique heritage of Honoka’a in a 2017 Pin Up Calendar.

With the popularity of the 2016 calendar, it was easy to recruit new models. Often the women themselves suggested the theme for the shoot. One, a painter, was excited to portray an artist in the pin up style. Another woman who competes on a roller derby team was perfectly balanced posing on skates as a drive-in waitress. Complimentary props for each shoot were borrowed from the various shops that line Honoka’a’s main street or unearthed from friend’s garages. Building on community enthusiasm for the project, Michelle and Sarah are excited to introduce seven new Honoka’a faces alongside returning local favorites.

Influenced by the rich history of Honoka’a town, the diverse people that call it home, and seasoned with the spice of contemporary life on the Hamakua coast, the calendar’s creators are proud to present the 2017 Honoka’a Pin Up Calendar.




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