Kekaula Campbell and Kauluokala Kauwe won the inaugural Pai‘ea Projects Podagee Horseshoe Invitational presented by Scott Hawai‘i and Kamea Hadar this past weekend. The cousins were the only squad with an undefeated record of the 16-team double-elimination tourney and took home $300 and a trophy for their victory. Mahalo to all of the participants, organizers and spectators that made this event a raging success!
Pai‘ea Projects Podagee Horseshoe Invitational is going down on Saturday, July 21 at the Scott Hawai‘i warehouse. Pow Wow Hawai‘i Co-Director Kamea Hadar will also be completing a mural on the side of the warehouse, where the final three games of PH will be played. Entry fee gets teams free booze and pupus. Raffle prizes for the crowd: $1 a ticket or $10 gets a wingspan of tickets. Prizes for best team uniforms. Runner-up gets their entry fee back. The winning team takes home $300 cash and a trophy. May the best Podagee win.
“To me, being an artist is to create something; to make something out of nothing; or putting together different ingredients to make something new.”- Kamea Namba Hadar, fine artist and CFO Pow Wow Hawai’i.
“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.”
“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.”