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Published by: Kelsey Longo on Nov 24, 2012
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By Kelsey LongoHonolulu
More than 100 young adults showed up to Station Bar & LoungeSaturday night to support a new group of young artists collaborating in a kick start not for profit group, The Whatever Underground, to help promote DIY arts andculture in Honolulu.That was the motivational message that Thomas Manalo, the front man behind The
Whatever Underground, delivered to attendees Saturday night. “The idea of The
Whatever Underground is that we are trying to promote the concept that anyone
can contribute art in Honolulu,” Manalo said. “We want to make a difference in
Honolulu, as we feel that it has become a huge epicenter for the arts culture in the
Like much of the youth in today’s society, the members of the Whatever
Underground are dedicated to assisting the gentrification of areas within Honolulu,such as the Downtown/Chinatown area. In the early 2000s, a similar nonprofit group, called the Ground Up, sprung up in Chinatown with a similar vision.
What makes the Whatever Underground unique is that each member is in a localband that plays regularly here in Haw
aii,” Annie Hollis, a member of the Whatever
underground and also lead singer of the local garage punk band HARSHIST, said
Saturday night. “We don’t want to just throw the same punk shows that you see in
Honolulu every week. We want to get the younger generation more involved, so wehave regular all age shows planned out throughout the rest of this year, along withart shows that are interactive where kids can make art and display it in galleries and
venues in the downtown area.”
 Inspiring the younger generation to get involved in the arts has been at the forefront 
of the Whatever Underground’s agenda.
Plans to involved more youth orientedactivities revolving around all mediums of art include live music shows and art shows featuring artist under the age of 18, all to be held monthly at The Manifest, acafé and bar located in the Chinatown area.
“We are so fortunate to have
Brandon Reid (owner of Manifest) believe in our vision
of what we’re trying to do,” Travis Wiggins, lead guitarist and singer or Coral
Stabzand affiliate of the Whatever Underground, said Saturday at the event.The event held on Saturday night was the first put on by the Whatever Underground
in hopes of getting the word out of the new organization. Five of Hawaii’s popular
local bands, including HARSHIST, SIBLINGS, I TRAMONTI, PHARAOHS, and Beaman,played during this free event. All band members are also members of the WhateverUnderground.

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