“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.”
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In an idea that came to fruition in the beginning of 2010 in Hong Kong, POW WOW was created as an exhibition of creative talents which stressed more so the background and development of art. As opposed to the often seen focus on the finished product, POW WOW set forth in giving the public access to artists in their element as they went to work on their respective pieces. In this series, we take a look at POW WOW 2011 which took place in founder Jasper Wong’s native Hawai’i and the comprehensive process that surrounded the event. While Hawai’i has had its fair share of creative output, POW WOW has represented the island’s most concentrated effort to help push and build the local artistic community. A Kickstarter page has recently been started in anticipation of next year’s 2012 event, and donations can be made here.
We bring you Part 1 of our series on POW WOW Hawai’i 2011 which took place earlier this year in February. The multi-day event offered a number of sights and sounds as an international group of artists each went about creating their artwork amidst an open environment.
With the current state of the economy, a freelance journalist sometimes needs to take a side job here or there to pay the bills. I was standing in front of Home Depot, waiting for a job offer, when I bumped into Kamea and photographer Paul Kema. They were looking for a garoot and I was looking for a free lunch and an honest dayʻs work. So I jumped in as a laborer to help prepare for Pow Wow.
Luckily for me, Kamea and Paul grabbed all the rocks in the morning in Papakolea so I didn’t need to carry any. There were choke rocks, too. They were also pretty heavy.
This is the first time that visitors will be using the Hadar’s house, and Pow Wow creator Jasper Wong came through to check it out. There are tons of details in the house: custom wood trim, multi-colored rooms, cool handles and a rad railing on the second floor.
After lunch we headed to the workshop in the Hadar complex, which is down a dirt road from where the artists will be staying. It’s on the same property, but isn’t visible or heard from the big house.
Japser measured twice. Kamea cut once. Paul and I sanded and blazed. We created the frames that canvas would be stretched over so creative expression could manifest into a tangible form, man. (cough, cough)
To see the fruits of their labor come to this…
Come checkout the artist (Kamea Hadar on the right) and the muse (Damien Strand on the left) at The Manifest, located on Hotel Street across from Bar 35, on Saturday September 18. Doors open at 6 p.m. Kamea will also be debuting a brand new painting titled “Bloodline” that evening at The Manifest. From what I hear, the painting depicts a chicken fighter and his prize bird. Sounds edgy! I dig the concept. You will too.