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Friday, February 15th, 2013

Pow Wow Hawai’i 2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The Best Ever! Tonight

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Come celebrate the birth of Super CW. Proceeds of the event benefit Pow Wow Hawai’i 2012: $5 entry and $15 open bar. Warehouse is decorated with original art by Kamea Hadar, Jasper Wong, Lucky Olelo, Ryan Nakagawa and many more. Fashion show by Matt Bruening. Good times will be had by all.

Super CW’s Best of 2011 Video Invitation from Banzai Media, LLC on Vimeo.

“Long Walk Home” exhibit opens tonight at Loft In Space

Saturday, 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.

Pow Wow Hawai‘i 2011 Part 3

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

HBTV Pow Wow Hawaii 2011 Part 3 from HBTV on Vimeo.

Pow Wow 2011 Part 2 By Hypebeast.com

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

HBTV POW WOW Hawai’i 2011 Part 2 from HBTV on Vimeo.

To help make sure there is a Pow Wow 2012 then donate here.

POW WOW 2011 Part 1 by Hypebeast.com

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

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.

Post-Pow Wow Tonight

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Do it for Aloha…

Bring them together–

The Gathering Place–

Because Hong Kong just isnʻt home.

If you build it,

They will come.

This land is paradise.

Itʻs beauty breeds creativity.

Tell Them to enjoy:

The weather and locals are warm.

Ocean colored in hues of blues.

Fish is fresh and raw.

Kona (south) winds paint

Our sunsets pink and orange

Like sub-tropical fruit.

So max-out your credit cards.

Donʻt tell mom

Youʻre in the hole thousands.

Pay Their airfare.

Damn!

You love you some art, huh?

831 Queen Street Honolulu, 96813

Do it for Aloha…

Ask your parents if can crash your house.

Itʻs minor, brah–

Only get like 8 guys sleeping over.

Wait– no!

More like 16 international artists and media.

What the fuck?

Sorry, pops.

No be mad.

This is an awesome house-warming event.

An opportunity to show Them

The Countryʻs lush serenity

Dig the ‘imu (underground oven)

Host a lu‘au (feast)

Work on your birthday.

Do it for Aloha…

Bring the keiki (kids).

See a creative concept

Manifest into tangible form.

The Great Recession

Didnʻt kill the arts

It just made the process

More interactive.

Come people of Hawai‘i,

Events like this are rare.

Celebrate Their sacrifice

Admire their work

Praise Their creative collaboration

Laulima

(Many hands working together

Make a task easier)

Many people

Made this moment happen

So support local

Buy a drink

Help out, Jasper

Pay the cover…

Jasper Wong-Interview for PowWow

Friday, February 18th, 2011


Homie Jasper talks about what PowWow is and why he wanted to have it in Hawaii.

Pre-Pow Wow

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
This house was designed by Kamea Hadar and his father on a trip back from Israel. It will house the visiting media and Pow Wow artists. Located deep in The Country, this house will be a refreshing, secluded place to rest from creating.

This house was designed by Kamea Hadar and his father on a trip back from Israel. It will house the visiting media and Pow Wow artists. Located deep in The Country, this house will be a refreshing, secluded place to rest from creating.

All images by Paul Kema

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.

The lumber in the back of the truck is for the canvases and the bed of the truck is full of porous rocks that will be used in an imu, which is an underground oven traditionally used by Hawaiians.

The lumber in the back of the truck is for the canvases and the bed of the truck is full of porous rocks that will be used in an imu, which is an underground oven traditionally used by Hawaiians.

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.

Rocking out.

Rocking out.

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.

Jasper Wong and I admire a metal and rope railing that Kamea(in the green shirt) and his brother built.

Jasper Wong and I admire a metal and rope railing that Kamea (in the green shirt) and his brother built.

Paul bought me lunch: spicy ahi/hawaiian poke bowl from the store down the street. Visiting artists are going to be loving this raw fish delicacy.

Paul bought me lunch: spicy ahi/hawaiian poke bowl from the store down the street. Visiting artists are going to be loving this raw fish delicacy.

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.

This is where wood becomes an object.

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)

Power tools are manly.

To see the fruits of their labor come to this…