We are honored and excited to share that Patino Graphic Design is now an award winning design agency!
We took home a Pele Award for logo design from the American Advertising Awards for our work on the Hale Hoaloha branding project which you can view below. We’re so thankful to our client for trusting us in the design process and were thankful for all our peers and mentors who voted for us. First of many to come! Mahalo
We design brands with creativity, persistence, integrity and professionalism!
We understand the time, effort and resources it takes to run a business. Strategic investment and turning to the right people is the key to elevating your brand no matter the industry you’re in.
With over 15 years of design agency experience, you can rest assured that we will deliver quality work to take your business to the next level. Everyone is chasing their dream. We’re here to help you turn that dream into a reality.
When I was searching for names for our design agency, I made a list of names that resonated with me. I wanted the name to hold not only a strong significance for myself, but to also encompass a story I could pass onto my clients.
I kept coming back to my last name, Patino, it felt too perfect to overlook. One’s own last name may seem like an obvious and easy choice, but it is much deep rooted than that. My father passed away a month prior to me moving to Hawaii. It was a conflicting time for me, a time of necessary growth , it was quite the juxtaposition, losing my father and starting a new chapter of my life where I was going to pursue my dream of creating my own company. At the point of its inception I decided to name my company Patino in honor of my father.
The name is representative of him and how he lived his life, and all the values he in turn passed onto me. He was an honorable man, trustworthy, respectful and got along with everyone. Nobody ever had a negative word to say about my father which always resonated with me. The name holds me accountable. Accountable to honor my family name by paying homage to my dad. Accountable to build upon the legacy he left for me. With the name comes the values I learned from him; Creativity, integrity, persistence, and professionalism. He taught me to be thoughtful and to treat everyone with respect. I’ve carried these values with me my entire life and employ them with my clients, treating each project with the utmost respect.
Owner | Founder | Creative Director
Growing up in the historic San Francisco neighborhood of Hunter’s Point I came from simple beginnings. Having little and dreaming big was how I was raised, the son of entrepreneurs. I learned that if I was going to obtain my dreams I had to be willing to seek.
Seek out who I wanted to be both personally and professionally. This led me down multiple paths in my life where I pushed passed my boundaries. I traveled the world experiencing different cultures and building global relationships based on genuine love and respect. I invested in myself but starting up several businesses where I could merge my business savvy and need to be creative. All of these experiences shaped my life and led me to my dream. Now living in Hawaii for 10 plus years, marrying the love of my life, buying a house, and having a daughter my dream has become my forever. This company is my legacy to my family, both past and present.
Ellyn grew up in California, but is now living in Oregon. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Spanish language from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She loves designing anything from branding and packaging to websites and pattern design.
Ellyn also enjoys traveling, gardening and hiking with her husband and basset hound in her free time. She is a creative, adventurous person who loves exploring the arts and learning new skills such as printmaking, natural-dyeing, paper making, knitting and sewing.
Aloha! My name is Tiara Kobayashi-Bautista and I was born and raised on the island of Maui, Hawaiʻi. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in May 2022, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. I loved being raised in such a unique and special culture, which I love to celebrate and recognize through design.
Public Relations Specialist
Erica was born and raised on Oahu and now lives in Grass Valley, California with her six-year-old daughter. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University and an MA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
She has professional experience in social media, content marketing, and looks forward to further developing her strategic communication skills. In her free time, Erica enjoys traveling and exploring new places and loves road trips.
Alan Lam is a Graphic Designer born and raised in Honolulu, HI. Alan obtained his BFA from UH Manoa, aside from his interests in graphic design, he likes to teach and create pottery on the weekends! He pursues different mediums that help develop his craft and feed his curiosity. Glad to have you on board Alan!
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Dive deeper into some projects we’ve done for our clients.
Click on each one to see how we’ve helped each of these amazing companies.
Luau Hale Hoaloha
The Hale Hoaloha Lūʻau is a Friday evening event that takes place at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection on the island of Hawai‘i.
Camp Palehua approached us to help them re-brand this iconic camp located on Oahu. It was our honor to work with them closely on this very culturally important project.
Akana Bros Construction
We had the pleasure of working with Akana Bros Construction is located in Kapolei, Hawaii. They came to us in needing professional branding for their construction business. We created a bold, vintage inspired logo for them that features a custom AB monogram.
HNLAX By Dre Empire
HNLAX By Dre Empire is a barbershop located at the Pearlridge Center on Oahu. They are Honolulu’s premiere barbershop, salon, and streetwear boutique. We worked with them to develop some great promotional items and print material that are displayed in their barbershop.
Hip Hop Juice Box
This was such a special project! We were thrilled to bring this amazingly creative idea to life. A hip hop based juice bar that is so unique, we haven’t seen anything like this before and we’re so happy to be a part of this fun project.
Hawaiian Pastele Company
We had the pleasure of working with Hawaii Pastele Company. Our team developed the logo for this a family run, Honolulu based Puerto Rican restaurant. Their original name was The Pastele Shop and first opened in 1981. Their dream is to provide delicious Latin food for Hawaii.
This Maui based construction company branding was inspired by the 70’s boom in construction. A lot of iconic buildings rose in the 70’s so we wanted to embody a bit of a historical vibe with this logo. We also hinted at the meaning of Hi‘ilawe, which means to carry or lift in Hawaiian. Hi‘ilawe is also the name of the largest waterfall in Hawai‘i.
Mauka Man Brand Co.
The Mauka Man Brand Company is located in Hawaii. We helped create the logo for their company as well as developed other promotional materials like T-shirts, hats and embroidered patches. The MM monogram stands for Mauka Man and symbolizes mountains forming together in the style of a cattle brand.
We were approached by Selena Green, the owner of Hale Kealaula LLC and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with a rebranding project. They have a dedicated and supportive staff who and respect women and babies during the home birthing process. We loved bringing this client’s dream to life!
Khai Tran Real Estate
Khai Tran is a Honolulu based real estate agent. We were happy to bring our vision to the project. The concept behind this logo was centered around the iconic diamond head, tying in the land and sea which is so important in Hawaiian culture.
Meyraki Dolls is a luxury purse brand located on Oahu. This brand was inspired by the Greek word “Meraki,” meaning to do something with soul, creativity, or love. The icon was inspired by Greek culture and showcases a lotus flower inside the Delta symbol. The typeface is custom lettering based off of lettering found on traditional ancient Greek marble statues found in Greece.
Hanai Kaiaulu’s mission is to reduce greenhouse gases, curb the need for landfills and replenish our soils. They are a community-based organization headquartered in Nanakuli, Hawaii. We helped them create their logo and overall branding identity.
Holo Haleʻiwa is operated by one of Oahuʻs most respected eco-tour companies, North Shore EcoTours. They have been operating for more than 7 years, offering unique cultural & nature based tours exclusively in Haleʻiwa.
Wai‘anae Economic Development Council
The WEDC is the premier community economic development agency that’s dedicated to building up the Wai‘anae coast community and increasing opportunities for small local businesses.
Below are some testimonials from clients we’ve worked with in the past who have been kind enough to leave us a review.
I reached out to Mario of Patino Graphic Design to help design a brand logo for my new landscaping business here on Oahu. He created good mock up options to choose from. It involved a creative briefing process to understand the brand personality, communications and style that would be best suited for my company. Mario came up with a diverse amount of options- some that were definitely aligned and some he tried to push our thinking to new perspectives. The process of refining and finalizing our company logo was simple. In the end, we were happy with the outcome. From there, Mario took the feedback and created a final brand style guide which is shown on his new website he just launched. Following the brand design, Mario also helped create large truck magnets and business cards. I appreciate his creative ideas and the end results.
Mario came to me through another great firm JPG Hawaii. They highly recommended Patino for all my design needs and I have used them three times now. Each time they have been able to understand my objectives, submit design to achieve those objectives and in a very short window, NAIL IT! This company works FAST. From the first call to the final design can be a few days if you really need it. Mario is also easy and fun to work with, which makes it all a great and easy process. I would highly recommend Patino Graphic Design for any design needs. 5 STARS for this company!!!
I came to Mario to make a flyer for Mario was super helpful. I've never contracted out a graphic designer before, so I was a little weary about the whole process but he made it so easy! He was super patient in the whole process & made all my revisions without question. He has a great turnaround time and is constantly replying to me e-mails so I'm always in the loop. Thanks again Mario!
Amazed by his extremely gifted artistry which lends to understanding the creativity process behind graphic design. He will work with you to make sure u get the best product. Very thankful to work one of the best!
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