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McGill University
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About Hawaiian fonts

Four Hawaiian truetype fonts: HI Kakuhihewa (Courier), HI Manokalanipo (Times), HI Pi'ilani (Palatino), HI Keawe (Helvetica). Free. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Berton Hasebe

Berton Hasebe (b. 1982, Honolulu, HI) moved from Hawaii to study and work in Los Angeles, where he obtained a BA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2005.

In 2007 he moved to the Netherlands to study type design through the Type and Media Masters course at The Royal Academy of Art in the Hague (KABK). His typeface Alda was designed to function at very small sizes while remaining expressive. The bold is macho and delicate at the same time. Alda won an award at TDC2 2009. In the same year Alda was also selected by the Tokyo Type Directors Club to be included in its annual publication. It was published by Emigre.

Since 2008 he resides in New York and has been working for Commercial Type, where he co-designed the extensive family Stag with Christian Schwartz and Ross Milne. Stag started as a small family of slab serifs commissioned for headlines by the US edition of Esquire magazine and eventually grew into a sprawling multi-part family including a flexible sans companion and two additional special effects display variants. Stag Stencil followed in 2009.

In 2010, he published the geometric sans serif family Platform at Commercial Type. It has a gorgeous circle-based hairline.

In 2013, he published a 4-family 20-style French Renaissance typeface family called Portrait (+Text, +Inline, +Text), still at Commercial Type: Portrait started out as an experiment in drawing a display typeface that managed to be both beautiful and brutal, and both classical and minimalist. While its lighter weights are quietly elegant, the heavier weights show the influence of chiseled woodcut forms. Portrait draws its primary inspiration from the Two-line Double Pica Roman (equivalent to 32pt in contemporary sizes) cut by French punchcutter Maître Constantin around 1530 for the printer Robert Estienne. Portrait replaces the delicately modeled serif treatments of Constantin's original with simple, triangular Latin serifs, reimagining the Renaissance forms in a contemporary light. Portrait Text resembles the text types attributed by the printing historian Hendrik Vervliet to Constantin and used by the printer Estienne in the 1530s, which had a lighter and more open texture than the text types that preceded them, and marking the move to more elegant type that culminated in the work of Claude Garamont. The stripped-back simplicity of the Latin serifs gives Portrait a cleaner and sharper tone than a typical Renaissance oldstyle-influenced text face, bringing an active personality to text.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bigelow&Holmes
[Charles Bigelow]

Bigelow&Holmes was founded by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. Charles Bigelow (b. 1945, Detroit) is a type designer and teacher, who runs his own studio, Bigelow&Holmes. Bigelow was a colleague of Danolad Knuth at stanford University when Knuth developed his Computer Modern typeface family for TeX. In mid-2006, Bigelow accepted the Melbert B. Cary Distinguished Professorship at Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Print Media. Typefaces designed by Bigelow:

  • The Lucida family (1985) is used in several scientific publications such as Scientific American. Its iorigins go back to Computer Modern. I find it more appropriate for screens than paper, but that is just a personal view. The Lucida family contains LucidaConsole (1993), LucidaSansTypewriter (1991), LucidaFax, LucidaCalligraphy, LucidaBright, Lucida Blackletter (1991, a bastarda) and Lucida Handwriting. It has been recently expanded to comply with the Unicode Standard, and includes non-Latin scripts such as Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic and Hebrew. Charles Bigelow created the font families Lucida Math (with Kris Holmes, 1993), Lucida Sans (with Kris Holmes, 1985), Lucida Typewriter Sans (with Kris Holmes, 1985) and Lucida Serif (with Kris Holmes, 1993). The paper by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes, The design of a Unicode font (Electronic Publishing, 1993, pp.289-305), explains the design issues such as letter heights, readability studies, and typeface designs for readers versus non-readers of the various scripts.
  • Syntax Phonetic.
  • Leviathan (1979).
  • Apple Chicago (1991), Apple Geneva (1991).
  • Microsoft Wingdings (1992).
Ascender link. Wikipedia link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Font Squirrel link. Ascender link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Breehn Sasaki

Born and raised in Hawaii, Breehn Sasaki studied at Chapman University, class of 2012. His typeface Fanfare (2013) was inspired by Japanese fans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BTD (or: Big Toe Designs)
[Mike Brittain]

Honolulu-based Mike Brittain (b. 1971) is the designer of Cart-O-Grapher (2002, shopping cart dings) and Btd BeezWax (2006, grungy typewriter face).

Alternate URL of his company, Bigtoedesigns. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

C. Lee

Honolulu, HI-based lettering artist and typographer. C. Lee created Vintage Alphabet in 2013. In 2014, he designed Cassandre Alphabet (2014, art deco, named after Cassandre) and Ornate Alphabet (decorative blackletter caps, which was inspired by Williams and Packard's Church Text). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Bigelow
[Bigelow&Holmes]

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Forrest Troxell

Graphic designer, artist and surf kook, who studies graphic design at California State University Channel Islands. He was born in San Diego and grew up in Hawaii. Behance link.

Creator of Bajai (2012), a poster face inspired by Bali. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guava Graphics

Defunct company in Honolulu. Commercial pictofonts included Hawaiian Icons, Oriental Motifs, Hawaiian Motifs, Marine Life, Xmas Font, Petroglyphs, Tapa Type, Hawaiian Gecko, Hawaiian Deco. They also had free fonts such as Hawn University (1997) and Hawn Wedding (1997). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hale Kuamoyo
[Keola Donaghy]

Foundry making Hawaiian fonts for Mac and PC. Some free fonts here: HIKeaweBold, HIKakuhihewaBold, HIKeawePlain, HIKakuhihewaPlain, HIManokalanipoBold, HIManokalanipoRoman, HIPiilaniBoldItalic, HIPiilaniBold, HIPiilaniItalic, HIPiilaniRoman. Alternate URL. Yet another site. The fonts are made by Keola Donaghy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hawaiian diacritics

Hawaiian fonts are like Latin fonts except for two additional diacritical marks. The kahako is a macron, a short, horizontal line that appears over some of the vowels when they need to have a long pronunciation. The cokina is the single, open quote that appears frequently before vowels. It indicates a glottal stop, a clean break between vowels. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hawaiian Web Fonts (or: Coconut info)

Commercial fonts with Hawaiian diacritics. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hawaiian Windows Resources

Page with everything about Hawaiian fonts and Hawaiian on the web. Many links. Download Hale Kuamo'o's set of Mac/PC TrueType fonts. Direct FTP access. Included are HIKakuhihewaBold, HIKakuhihewaPlain, HIKeaweBold, HIKeawePlain, HIManokalanipoBold, HIManokalanipoRoman, HIPiilaniBold, HIPiilaniBoldItalic, HIPiilaniItalic, HIPiilaniRoman. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Bell

Graduated of the Art Institute of California in Santa Ana. Jessica Bell (Jessica Bell Designs, Honolulu, HI) created the modular display typeface Crux (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Justine Lazo

Honolulu, HI-based creator of Super Raw (2014), The Skinny (2013) and When I Was 10 (2012, hand-printed). Aka Jusebox. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelli Urabe

Graduate of the University of Oregon, with a B.S. Degree in Digital Art and Minors in Fine Art and Communication Studies. Kelli Urabe currently works as a Graphic Artist at Sign Pro Eugene, OR. Creator of the Hawaii-themed typeface Hawaii Grown (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Keola Donaghy
[Hale Kuamoyo]

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Kualono

Hawaiian font jump site. Has some Hawaiian fonts. Plus explanations of the diacritices needed for Hawaiian: The kahako is a macron, a short, horizontal line that appears over some of the vowels to make them sound longer. The 'okina is the single, open quote that appears frequently before vowels. It indicates a glottal stop, a clean break between vowels. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mike Brittain
[BTD (or: Big Toe Designs)]

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Murilo Santos Bispo

Murilo S. Bispo (Murilo Design, Sao Paulo, Brazil, b. Jaguaquara) created the lined typeface 7 Linhas in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Noa Emberson

With a bachelors in graphic design from the University of Hawaii, Noa has set up shop in Honolulu. Behance link. Creator of the experimental Joy Stain font in 2009. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Outside The Line Fonts
[Rae Kaiser]

Outside The Line Fonts was founded by Rae Kaiser (b. 1951, Marshfield, WI), and is based in Eau Claire, WI, on the shores of Lake Monona. Rae's fonts include

See also here. Agfa/Monotype sells Architectural Lettering, Cross Stitch, CurlyQ, Doodles, DoodlesTheAlphabet, Food Doodles, Holiday Doodles, Office Doodles, Plz Print, Plz Print Brush, Plz Print Bold Condensed, Plz Script, the hand-printed series (Best Regardz, Dearest John, Yourz Truly and Sincerely Yourz, 2009) and Tall Skinny Condensed (1999).

MyFonts link. Font Bros link. MyFonts interview. Klingspor link.

View Rae Kaiser's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Poole Foundry
[Wesley Poole]

Wesley Poole's foundry based in Kaneohe, HI, and established in 2006. Wesley Poole (b. California, 1952) was a sign painter and wine label designer in the Napa Valley (his companies were called Oasis Graphics and then Titus&Poole, and Poole Aert&Design) for almost 25 years before moving to Hawaii in 2002 due to multiple sclerosis. Typefaces:

  • Pagoda International (2006, designed with his son Samuel Poole). A comic book font based on the lettering of the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu.
  • Poole Standard (2006). A stylish headline face.
  • Poole Chiselcut (2007). Digitization with the help of Rod Cavazos (PsyOps).
  • Polynesiac (2007, Wesley and Samuel together). Simulation of Easter Island lettering.
  • Jigger Statz (2007).
  • Contempo Elan (Grand Script and Ornamental) (2006). A festive and assertive calligraphic script done by Wesley and Samuel Poole.
  • Alphaluxe (2008). A calligraphic upright connected ronde script by Wesley and Samuel.
  • Vingo (2006).

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Rae Kaiser
[Outside The Line Fonts]

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Ravohn Mokiao

Ravohn Mokiao from Honolulu works as an independent graphic designer in Maricopa, AZ. Creator of the all caps sans typeface CAPS (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Samuel Poole

Son of Wesley Poole, born in California in 1984. Sam lives and works with his father Wesley in Hawaii, and has cooperated with him on these fonts that were published by Poole Foundry:

  • Pagoda International (2006, designed with his son Samuel Poole). A comic book font based on the lettering of the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu.
  • Poole Standard (2006). A stylish headline face.
  • Poole Chiselcut (2007). Digitization with the help of Rod Cavazos (PsyOps).
  • Polynesiac (2007, Wesley and Samuel together). Simulation of Easter Island lettering.
  • Jigger Statz (2007).
  • Contempo Elan (Grand Script and Ornamental) (2006). A festive and assertive calligraphic script done by Wesley and Samuel Poole.
  • Alphaluxe (2008). A calligraphic upright connected ronde script by Wesley and Samuel.
  • Vingo (2006).
[Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Scott Yoshinaga

Hawaiian designer of the grungy Crud font, 10 dollars shareware. At Plazm, he published Grunge (1994). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Todd Masui
[Visage Type (Subtle Studios)]

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Uli Kozok

Auckland, New Zealand-based creator of the free font Surak Batak. Kozok writes: The Batak alphabet, or surat batak, is descended ultimately from the from Brahmi script of ancient India by way of the Pallava and Old Kawi scripts. The Batak languages of northern Sumatra - Karo Batak, Toba Batak, Dairi Batak, Simalungun/Timur, Angkola and Mandailing Batak, and occasionally Malay. In most Batak communities, only the datu (priests) are able to read and write the Batak alphabet and they use it mainly for calendars and magical texts. This site has truetype fonts by Kozok for the Battak script: KaroNormal, MandailingNormal, PakpakNormal, SimalungunNormal, TobaNormal, VariantsNormal. Uli Kozok is Assistant Professor in Indonesian, Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Visage Type (Subtle Studios)
[Todd Masui]

Visage Type (now Subtle Studios) is a small foundry by Hawaiian designer Todd masui. It made fonts such as Vestige (great handwriting!), Quiver, Rota (1999), Brevier (2000), Monodesic (2000), Steadfast (1998, T26), Alloy (2000, a very clean face!) and Signal. Todd Masui also produced fonts for Nakedface.

At Garagefonts, Todd is selling Quiver, Amp (pixel font), Shadowy (children's handwriting), and Vestige. At PsyOps, he published Serus (2000). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Wesley Poole
[Poole Foundry]

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