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Local entrepreneurial family to launch Honolulu’s first art studio…with a ‘Twist’

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Aspiring to bring an entertainment option that offers a new creative outlet to Hawaii’s largest city, Painting with a Twist is set to open in Honolulu on Thursday, August 20, 2015.

It's a place where friends come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist. Led by local art instructors, guests paint on bare 16” by 20” canvases using paint and brushes provided by the studio. At Painting with a Twistguests are able to disconnect from everyday life, enjoy good music, wine or beer, and create unique, personal masterpieces they can take to their homes or gift to others. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of animals, iconic buildings and florals. 

Painting with a Twist of Honolulu – Kaka’ako is owned and operated by Cynthia Fujieki with her daughter Megan O’Donnell and son-in-law Jimmy O’Donnell. Megan introduced the paint-and-sip concept to Cynthia while she and Jimmy attended college in Colorado. A retired public school special education teacher at Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School and Haleiwa Elementary School, Cynthia began researching paint-and-sip business opportunities, but it wasn’t until Megan and Jimmy moved to Hawaii a year ago that the trio decided to open Hawaii’s first Painting with a Twist studio. 

In keeping with the founders’ fundraising roots, Painting with a Twist of Honolulu – Kaka’ako is passionate about supporting the local community. With the Painting with a Purpose program, Painting with a Twist of Honolulu – Kaka’ako donates 50 percent of proceeds to local organizations and charities each month.

In addition to supporting the local community, Painting with a Twist of Honolulu – Kaka’ako offers private parties for corporate outings, bachelorette parties, sorority functions, date nights and special events. The studio is able to accommodate up to 58 people per gathering with one large room that can hold 40, and a private room that seats 18 – making painting accessible for a few friends or a private party.

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