February 14th, 2013
Pow Wow Hawaii is the collaborative gathering of creatives from around the world in the city of Honolulu, sharing in the process of art and music with the local community and abroad. Pow Wow 2010 started out with a few artists, including founder Jasper Wong, Wu Yue, Will Barras, Pat Lee, and Jahan produced live art, with DJs Verbal and Yoon providing musical inspirations for two days in Hong Kong. The second year followed, moving Pow Wow 2011 to the beautiful island of Oahu for four days with new artists including Suitman, Aaron de la Cruz, Jeff Hamada, 123Klan, Meggs, Prime, Ekundayo, and Kamea Hadar where it became groundbreaking for the local art community. In becoming an annual Hawaii event, Pow Wow 2012 doubled the artists list with bigger names and took over beautifying the streets of Honolulu for a week.
In its fourth year showcase, following the preceding successful years and increasing amount of participants, we aim to make the event more accessible to the public through the production of a book and film. The book will contain high resolution photos of all the completed murals, covering all major Pow Wow 2013 satellite events, with sketches and interviews by artists and Pow Wow organizers. This year’s event will be documented on film from opening showcase to the closing finale, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage on the participants’ experiences and into the minds of internationally renowned artists as they create art from the starting concept to the finished piece.
Here is how you can help! For Pow Wow 2013 to be a success, we need your support! Anything you can do either by sharing or giving will start as a contribution towards the creation of the book and film. The resulting success of the book and film will help to raise awareness of our growing local art scene and bring some much-needed exposure to Pow Wow Hawaii’s community outreach programs for the emerging young artists and musicians in the islands. With your help, we can share Pow Wow’s efforts in bringing artists and enthusiasts together and inspire the rest of the world. To contribute to this project please click here.
February 14th, 2012
Pow Wow Founder Jasper Wong at Fresh Cafe/Loft In Space.
Pow Wow Hawai’i 2012 is upon us. The artists and media gathered at Fresh Cafe/Loft In Space for the first time this year for a traditional Hawaiian blessing and wall assignments.
Art in motion:Aaron De La Cruz and Christa Wittmier standing in front of CW's BMW that Aaron painted.
“Everything has been increased by triple, as far as how many artists are going to be here, how many walls are going to be painted and where you’ll actually see the artwork,” says Christa Wittmier, who serves as marketing and entertainment director for Pow Wow Hawai’i. “A lot of things that Jasper [Wong] said in part 3 of the Pow Wow Hawai’i video series on Hypebeast has actually already come to fruition. We worked really hard these past few months to make that happen. Partnering with Kamehameha Schools, and working with the land they have in the Kaka’ako area.”
Matt Bruening rocking the In4mation x Vans Chukka Low Rattles.
From left to right: ER Crew's Ryan Nakagawa, Pow Wow CFO Kamea Hadar and fashion designer Matt Bruening.
“We’re painting murals all over the whole community,” says Kamea Hadar about this year’s Pow Wow. “I was in San Francisco recently and you see so much art just walking around the city and in Honolulu that’s non-existent. And, I think part of the reason why is there’s the whole natural beauty of Hawaii is enough. We’re spoiled by the natural beauty of Hawaii so we don’t feel the need to beautify our buildings because there is enough beauty around us anyway. Now that Honolulu is growing and there a lot of really urban areas in Honolulu I think we need to do what other cities do and beautify it with art and I think Kaka’ako is doing that.”
Kahu giving mana'o and the blessing.
Pow Wow Hawai'i class of 2012.
October 15th, 2011
The opening night of “Long Walk Home” will take place on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at Loft in Space between 6pm and 10pm. Show runs till November 11th, 2011.
“Long Walk Home” is a look into the past, present, and future work of artist Aaron De La Cruz. The show focuses on his reactions to his surroundings and creative growth. During his childhood, Aaron would spend countless hours writing on every square inch that he could get his hands on and this inevitably included the walls of his bedroom.
In this exhibition he decided to recreate the bedroom that he grew up in. It was both a sanctuary of memories and experiences that became the launching pad for a child’s journey - from his daydreams to the artist he is now.
Aaron De La Cruz’s work, though minimal and direct at first, tends to overcome barriers of separation and freely steps in and out of the realms of design, graffiti, and illustration.
The parameters he has chosen to work within actually allow him to free himself and react to the very limitations he has created. This overriding structure and the lack of deliberation while moving within creates a tension when encountering his work due to the almost computer generated grid like systems he creates by unplanned mark-making.
The act and the marks themselves are very primal in nature but tend to take on distinct and sometimes higher meanings in the broad range of mediums and contexts they appear in and on.
His work finds strengths in the reduction of his interests in life to minimal information. De La Cruz gains from the idea of exclusion, just because you don’t literally see it doesn’t mean that its not there.
June 26th, 2009
Tonight, Friday June 26th, at The Honolulu Academy of Art is the “Moon Over Honolulu” themed ARTafterDARK starting at 6pm - 9pm. There will by live performances by Kumu Lauae & Guy Cruz, Hula by Halau Na Maka O Ka Lauae and DJ Zacharijah will be blasting dub and downtempo.
There will be beer, wine and cocktails and also food will be for sale from Town restaurant. $10 admission.
ALSO! There will be a photographic exhibition called 2059 by two of our contributiors Honozooloo (Aaron K Yoshino) and Airspace Workshop (Chris Kalima and Josh Lake).
What kinda genius will come out of Zooloo x Airspace??