In the past couple years, Pow! Wow! Hawaii’s mission has expanded way beyond covering the city of Honolulu in murals. Thanks to Flexfit, the festival has introduced the Pow! Wow! School of Music, a youth education program which gives kids the opportunity to learn, create, and collaborate. Watch the video below.
Hawaiian Airlines is a big reason why my friends out in Hawaii are able to make the massive Pow! Wow! mural festival happen each year. Each year the airline covers the flights of many of the world’s best artists for the event, and recently they invited artists to put their work all over the runway. This really illustrates to me the way the Pow! Wow! organizers have grown their event in a few short years; it’s the product of building lasting relationships with people and companies, making sure everyone benefits. If you’re organizing an annual event you could learn a lot from the way they’re going about things.
Watch the video below of the Hawaiian Airlines ground service vehicles getting the Pow! Wow! treatment. I’m already looking forward to February!
Pow! Wow! Taiwan has officially begun! I’ve been out in Taipei for a week now, and it has quickly become one of my favourite cities (the food miiight have something to do with it). Here’s a quick re-cap of the first couple days. If you want to follow along on Instagram I’m posting to @Booooooom and you can follow @PowWowTaiwan as well.
We started with a tour of all the potential walls in the city (photo above: Madsteez and Brendan Monroe), which was followed by the official opening of the event. Yesterday we had a little rain delay, so most of the artists are getting started today. James Jean, Kristen Farr, and Mr.Ogay were among the artists able to put some work in, and you can see images of their progress at the bottom of this post.
Lots of images below, have a look!
Here is a look at almost all of the walls from the Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 event, courtesy of photographer Brandon Shigeta. This was by far the biggest year yet which made it nearly impossible to see every wall that was painted. Some of the images here are of walls in progress, and there are more than a few murals missing.
Have a look at most of them below! Oh, and ya gotta see Roids and Insa’s animated wall (they painted one frame a day) here.
Here’s a little edit of some of this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii murals, shot high above the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, from a little drone helicopter.
Artists in order of appearance: Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, Ron English, Ekundayo, Meggs and Bask, Nychos and Buff Monster, Madsteez, and Andrew Schoultz. This is only a tiny glimpse, more to come!
Enjoy the video below!
The full length Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2013 video has arrived! It’s kinda devastating to watch this sunny footage in the dead of winter but at least it will heat your face.
It’s kinda wild to think about the amount of art that has been produced in this one small area of Honolulu over the last few years. An artless area of the city has been completely transformed into a mecca for public art. This is my favourite art event every year and the really exciting thing is my friends have plans to bring this event to other cities now, so this is only the beginning.
If you missed it, I shared most of the 2013 murals in a giant blog post here. Enjoy the video below!
As if running a huge annual arts festival wasn’t enough, my friends out in Hawaii have also launched the POW! WOW! “School of Music”.
Earlier this year they partnered with Flexfit to organize free music classes for youth ages 13-18, and are now looking to make it a year-round thing. Take a look at the video below, and if you’re a talented musician, maybe you’ll wanna get involved as a teacher at next year’s event!