Local business marks milestone in style

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Chances are you’ve had a pair in your lifetime, you’re probably wearing them right now.

Scott Hawaii has been making slippers in Hawaii for generations.

“They came down in 1932 and fell in love with Hawaii and it was really about just staying here and creating obviously a company that they could live by,” Scott Hawaii owner Steve Scott said.

The family run company started by Elmer Scott 81 years ago began by making boots for plantation workers. Now Scott Hawaii employs about a dozen people including Steve’s wife and two sons who help with distributing the familiar footwear throughout the Pacific and on the mainland.

“On an annual basis we probably ship out of here 300,000-350,000 pairs,” Steve Scott said.

To recognize their eight decades in the islands the Scott’s decided to celebrate on a grand scale.

“We wanted to do something that people would remember and always appreciate and enjoy,” Scott Hawaii Vice President Kaione Scott said.

They reached out to local artists and offered their warehouse wall as a blank canvas.

“We’ve had a problem in the past with graffiti, people coming by just messing up our wall, our neighbors have the same problem,” Kaione Scott said.

Inspired by the Pow Wow Hawaii art installations in Kakaako the Scott wall is hidden along Kona and Hopaka Streets off of Pensacola.

“I just let them have free reign and have a big party, celebrate. All of our friends and family came by we let the artists have their way at it and now it’s here forever, until the next time,” Kaione Scott said.

Recently completed the project took one week and has already created a hidden artistic gem in the Ala Moana area.

“Probably had over a dozen artists come out and what you see here is a lot of different, a lot of talents and a lot of different ways that they express themselves,” Kaione Scott said.

On Tuesday, KHON2 news will meet one of the artists who has transformed many blank canvases in the Kakaako area.

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