Congratulations to my good friend Kamea Hadar, one of the directors of Pow! Wow!, who fittingly became a father halfway through painting this mural in Hawaii. I say fittingly because the piece is a portrait of Barack Obama entitled “Hapa”, which means “part” or “partial” in Hawaiian, and refers to people of mixed race. Barack Obama was born in Honolulu to a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya. Kamea, who currently lives in Honolulu, was born in Israel to a half Japanese half Korean mother, and an Israeli father.
This past year the mural arts festival known as Pow! Wow! grew leaps and bounds, hosting their largest event yet, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and launching a satellite event in Taipei, Taiwan.
This month they continued their rapid expansion by partnering with SXSW and SprATX to bring some mural artists to the city of Austin, Texas. Rone (seen above), Tatiana Suarez, Kamea Hadar, Yoskay Yamamoto, Jeff Gress, Ana Maria, and Meggs were among the attending artists.
More photos (shot by Brandon Shigeta) below.
My talented friends Kamea Hadar and Tristan Eaton recently collaborated on a mural, then they threw a party and buffed it in front of everyone! Can’t imagine spending all that time painting to buff only to turn around and immediately erase it but must have been fun for those that were there! More images below.
Kamea Hadar and Defer are collaborating on a series of work entitled “Paradise Lost”. The on-going project will see the two artists create murals and gallery shows together in several different cities. They have their first show opening on August 7th, in San Francisco, at 1AM Gallery. See more images below.
In a couple days (this Friday) two canoes will embark from Hawaii on a historic three year journey around the world, using only the sun, wind, waves, and stars to guide them. Polynesian Navigators will attempt to circumnavigate the world in a sacred canoe, Hokule’a (the canoe that legendary surfer Eddie Aikau lost his life trying to save), and its sister canoe Hikianalia.
Artist Kamea Hadar and young artists from the POW! WOW! School of Art and 808 Urban painted a beautiful mural to commemorate this event. The painting depicts Papa Mau Piailug, a master navigator from the island of Satawal, Micronesia.
Watch the video below.
Last month marked the debut of Forest For The Trees, a mural project in Portland, Oregon. The event was sort of a sister event to Pow! Wow!, and featured a whole lotta my friends: Erik Otto, Meggs, Rone, Madsteez, Sam Rodriguez, Kamea Hadar, and Yoskay Yamamoto among others.
You can watch a video re-cap of the event below, as well as a time-lapse of Rone painting the wall you see here.