POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi 2020

“POW! WOW! HAWAIʻI IS A GATHERING OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS THAT ENGAGES WITH THE BROADER COMMUNITY IN THE PROCESS AND CREATION OF ART.”

Been a big fan of POW WOW since the beginning when it was held at Fresh Café + Loft in Space. Every February, all eyes are upon Kakaʻako. The art, vibe, and energy are all incredible. Knowing cofounder Kamea Hadar made it personal. And now, having a friend who paints at POW WOW takes it to another level.

Derick, a.k.a. @7sketches, just painted his 3rd POW WOW mural, Pineapple Totoro! (こんにちは Anna!) It was a huge hit, especially with our Japanese visitors.

What was so cool was that he let his friends paint. Being unartistic, I volunteered to touch up any of the splatters. I also got to practice 日本語 with some of the visitors. And we had dinner together. Too fun!

Got to see the final product at the POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi Finale Block Party @ HNL Night Market. Mahalo Derick for allowing us to take part. どうもありがとうございました。This was my best POW WOW yet…

POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi 2019

#POWWOWHawaii has been going down this week in Kakaʻako.

“POW! WOW! HAWAIʻI IS A GATHERING OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS THAT ENGAGES WITH THE BROADER COMMUNITY IN THE PROCESS AND CREATION OF ART.”

POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi drops every February. Surely one of the coolest events in my neighborhood! Cofounder Kamea Hadar is a friend and used to work with us at Kamehameha Schools.

This year’s biggest name is probably Shepard Fairey @ObeyGiant. (Last year it was Simone Legno @tokidoki.) I get to drive past this mural every morning to work.

This cool one by @negiyakisoba + @squid.licker is on the corner of Cooke & Auahi. (Bummed that someone would park here during “opening weekend.”)

This popular artist is Kevin Lyons @klyonsnatborn doing some touch up work. Climbed over the fence at Mother Waldron Park to get this shot.

This surf themed mural is across the street from the basketball courts.

This one across from Honolulu Beerworks is by locally-based artist, Kris Goto.

And this corner mural is just a few steps away. Love Marvel stuff…

Had an amazing time checking out the murals and meeting a few of the artists. Highly recommend that you rent a Biki and cruise around. Be sure to visit POW! WOW! headquarters at Lana Lane Studios. You can pick up the passport and merch there. Relax at one of the many cafés in SALT @ Our Kakaʻako. Definitely one of my fave events of the year…

POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi 2018

“POW! WOW! HAWAIʻI IS A GATHERING OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS THAT ENGAGES WITH THE BROADER COMMUNITY IN THE PROCESS AND CREATION OF ART.”

Each February, I look forward to POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi. It’s one of the coolest events here in Kakaʻako. One of the cofounders is a friend who worked at Kamehameha, Kamea Hadar.

After an early lunch at Karen’s Kitchen (baked spaghetti,) I started to explore the neighborhood. Here are some of the new ones…

This one is in the parking lot of the former Fresh Café on Queen Street (currently Waikiki Brewing Company.) POW! WOW! first started at this exact location in 2011.

Here’s a nice backdrop to a Biki Station. This is at the Fitted Hawaiʻi warehouse on Pohukaina Street.

This mural is on Cooke Street near Honolulu BeerWorks. There are also a few new ones across from Mother Waldron Park.

This one is near the entrance of Lana Lane. The artist is from Vietnam. This event truly is a global collaboration.

This one by Tokidoki is in Lana Lane. Lana Lane is where all the action takes place. (Click to enlarge.)

Be sure to visit POW! WOW! headquarters at Lana Lane Studios. You can pick up the passport and some merch here.

Had an amazing time checking out the murals and meeting a few of the artists. Highly recommend visiting. You can also stop by at one of the many cafés in SALT at Our Kakaʻako. Cool vibe there.

This is one event that I will always support…

POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi

“POW! WOW! IS A GATHERING OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS THAT ENGAGES WITH THE BROADER COMMUNITY IN THE PROCESS AND CREATION OF ART AND MUSIC.”

Each February, I look forward to POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi. It’s one of the coolest events here in Kakaʻako. I believe that it started out at Fresh Café in 2011? One of the founders is a friend from Kamehameha, Kamea.

After breakfast at Karen’s Kitchen, I began my tour. I especially enjoy seeing the artists at the completion of their murals.

They are appreciative of the support and are always willing to chat.

Looking forward to seeing the completion of this mural near Ala Moana Blvd. by the car dealerships. Curious to see what happens to the eyes…

POW! WOW! headquarters is at Lana Lane Studios. This is where you can pick up the passport and purchase some of the merch. I only got a sticker for my skateboard. This year’s shirt & cap look really nice.

Half way through my exploration, I took a refreshment break at Village @ SALT.

This one is across from Mother Waldron Park.

On my way home, I was able to meet up with my friends from Wooden Wave.

Had an amazing time checking out the murals and meeting the artists. This is one event that I will always support….