Aloha! Welcome to Studio Elepaio.

We are a visual studio based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. We specialize in art, graphic design, illustration and photography. In photography we have a keen interest in Hawai‘i’s nature and wildlife, especially in birds. This website is our online portfolio as well as our online shop for print products. Stock images and various kinds of automated prints/products are available at our Print & Download Center.

What’s ʻelepaio?

ʻElepaio (Chasiempis sandwichensis) is a monarch flycatcher endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. There are three subspecies of the ʻelepaio, each occurring on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island. Curious and friendly, the ʻelepaio is one of the most popular forest birds among birders in Hawai‘i.

Who does the work?

All artworks, graphic designs and photographs at Studio Elepaio are created by Hayataro Sakitsu, Studio Elepaio’s principal Creative Director. He was born and raised in Kumamoto, Japan, and has lived in Hawai‘i since 2001. The photo here is Hayataro Sakitsu at Waimea Canyon Lookout, Kaua‘i.

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When a Hawaiian bird assignment comes up at Hana Hou!, the first person I reach out to is Hayataro at Studio Elepaio. He’s got a solid keen eye, with a designers touch, which is what makes him stand out, and exactly the work I’m looking for. Beyond the photography itself, Hayataro has been a true professional to work with, from start to finish.

Matt Mallams - Photo Editor, Hana Hou!, Honolulu

Hayataro at Studio Elepaio managed the entire direction of our brand both online and offline including the website, brand logo, marketing collaterals and shipping materials. His creative mindset combined with detail-oriented work, on-time delivery as well as their passion to bring the brand to life make Studio Elepaio an excellent partner to work with for the long term.

Genki Ito - CEO, Tippsy, Los Angeles

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