Former Aloha Airlines worker turns artist

Shannon Weaver
Shannon Weaver

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - "First Friday" means its time for local masterpieces to shine downtown for both artists and their admirers. But for one woman, it's not just about entertainment but reinventing herself.

For every action, there's a reaction. After Aloha Airlines' shutdown last April, it wasn't time for Shannon Weaver to feel self-pity, but to pursue her true life's passion.

"This is my artwork. My style is very simple, there's not a lot of detail. I don't put a lot of paint on the canvas," said Artist Shannon Weaver.

Shannon Weaver proudly shows off her masterpieces. After 8-years with Aloha Airlines, her life's passion went from the air to art, starting Friday night at the 808 Gallery.

"That just gave me the motivation to try even harder to get into the galleries," said Weaver.

What started as a pass time in high school, is now full-time. Capturing the color and vibrance of the "Aloha Spirit." Her style soothes, her technique takes art back to Hawaiian roots.

About 1,900 Aloha employees lost their jobs with the airline's shutdown after nearly 60 years of service. For weaver, they're still family and while she worries for them, she sees her success and knows their time will come too.

"I ended up there for a reason and now this is all happening possibly for a reason. Keep moving forward, times are tough right now, but we're going to get through it," said Weaver.

Shannon Weaver's art will be on display all month at the 808 Gallery. Despite her new art career she says she still keeps her Aloha experience close to her heart.