Here’s a great video capturing the fifth year of the @powwowhawaii festival. I’m happy to report that there was an abundance of female artists this year – not always the case with big mural events! Maya Hayuk, Fafi, Olek, Natalia Rak, Tati, Lauren YS, and Hueman are among the artists featured in the video below.
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.
There were so many incredible murals painted at this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii event. It’s impossible to the fully appreciate these works without seeing them in person so maybe you’ll have to fly out to Honolulu and find them.
All the images in this post were painstakingly shot by Brandon Shigeta, who had to wake up extremely early (and also wait around for hours) to catch some of these without cars blocking them. He’s one of the hardest working people at this event every year.
I hope people in Honolulu realise how special this is; Vancouver is dying for something like this. Keep in mind, this post doesn’t even include all the work that was produced this year!
Mural by Sainer and Bezt (Etam Cru)
Mural by Smithe and Case
Mural by Doze Green
Mural by Tristan and Matt Eaton
Mural by Cryptik
Mural by Esao and Aaron Horkey
Mural by Ernest Zacharevic
Painting and flower installation by Fafi
Mural by Hueman
One of many many yarn pieces by Hot Tea
Mural by Katch
Mural by Kevin Lyons
Mural by Mark Dean Veca
Mural by D*Face
Mural by Reach and Debe
Mural by Sever
Mural by Lauren YS and Tatiana Suarez
Mural by Vincent Di Nguyen
Mural by Woes, Nosego, Sainer, Lauren YS, Caratoes, Boykong
Mural by Matt and Roxy Ortiz
There were two artists that worked exclusively with yarn at this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii festival: Hot Tea (Minnesota), and Olek (New York). The video below captures Olek as she crochets a beautiful canoe using materials generously provided by Anthropologie. I like the part where she says “my work is never completed, the reaction completes my work”.
Watch the video below.
James Jean at Pow! Wow! Hawaii
Reach at Pow! Wow! Hawaii
My favourite part of attending the Pow! Wow! Hawaii festival each year is getting to meet so many new people. This year I became fast friends with Anna and Christina from VSCO who, along with my pal photographer Carmen Chan, interviewed many of the artists and produced a bunch of mini stories about the event. You can check out their coverage over on VSCO’s Pow Wow Hawaii Journal and be sure to check out their main feature on James Jean here.
Next week I’m flying out to Honolulu for the giant arts festival known as Pow! Wow! Hawaii. Booooooom is gonna be a media sponsor again, and actually we’re teaming up with WeTransfer to produce an official video for this year’s festival! So keep your eyes peeled for that.
In the lead up to the event the team has just released a video re-cap of Pow! Wow! Taiwan, the most recent festival, which took place in Taipei.
Vincent Ricafort did a great job capturing the fun vibe of the event. You may recognize a lot of artists I’ve featured on Booooooom (I’m in there a bit too), and if you’re wondering who the dancing people are they’re the organizers and volunteers who worked tirelessly to put on an amazing event. Thank you to everyone involved, I had the best time!
Watch the video below!
The annual arts festival known as Pow! Wow! Hawaii is coming up next month and in the lead up to the event, they’ve released this great video from last year. After finishing up his own mural, artist Ron English walked around and interviewed several others artists while they worked. You can follow the @PowWowHawaii Instagram for updates – congrats to Jasper who managed to get that account over 100k followers without ever being featured by Instagram (teach me your secrets).
Watch the video below to see the event through the eyes of Ron English!
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.