Pow! Wow! Hawaii
For one week each February, Honolulu’s industrial downtown neighborhood Kaka’ako is taken over by artists, illustrators, and sculptors who create a free outdoor gallery open to the public. Now in its fifth year, Pow! Wow! Hawaii continues to grow and evolve; in 2015, the festival welcomed more than 100 artists—from Hawaii and around the world—who created more than 60 murals.
Artist and event founder Jasper Wong curates Pow! Wow!, and selected participants are flown to Hawaii to be a part of the lineup. Many of the artists also work digitally and on canvas, but during this week their canvases are blank walls.
The organizers of Pow! Wow! promote collaboration and bring the process of creating art out into the open. Artists have a rare opportunity to meet and work together, exchanging stories and skills. Attendees can stroll around the neighborhood and watch artists work, and the event culminates in a block party with food trucks, music performances, and a live art battle.
Pow! Wow! is expanding to new cities and countries—including Taiwan, Long Beach, New Zealand, and Washington D.C.—with the goal of creating a global network of artists, bringing art to the public, and making once blank walls as beautiful as the walls shown here, all created at this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii.
April 2, 2015
Video: Erik Espera, Summer Wilson
Marquee mural: D*Face
Other murals: as credited
Mural photos: Brandon Shigeta