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Feb 05, 2018

POW! WOW! Returns to Honolulu

Eight years ago, local artist and curator Jasper Wong debuted the inaugural POW! WOW! Hawai'i event in the burgeoning warehouse district of Kaka'ako, casting Honolulu's urban art and graffiti scene into the light of the art world.

On canvases that spanned entire streets, a bevy of young artists transformed aging industrial warehouses into vibrant works of art. The public fell in love with the work and a contemporary art movement in Honolulu was born. Fast-forward to today and POW! WOW! has become one of the most anticipated events in the city, drawing crowds from around the world to Honolulu to create and celebrate contemporary urban art with a music festival, talk story series, block parties, and much more.

The weeklong event kicks into gear on February 10th and runs through the 18th, with various events running throughout the city every day. To stay up to speed on all of the POW! WOW! happenings, follow this handy calendar below. Be sure to show up to Big Bad Wolf, who will be hosting a POW! WOW! pop-up shop at Ward Village's South Shore Market.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 8, 7:30pm: Study Hall with POW! WOW! Directors Jasper Wong and Kamea Hadar.

  • A talk with POW! WOW! lead directors and a mural unveiling by Kamea Hadar. Located at The Study in the Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard.

Saturday, February 10, 6-10pm: Opening Block Party presented by POW! WOW! and the Honolulu Night Market.

  • Block party in Kaka'ako to celebrate the start of POW! WOW! Hawaii 2018. Located on Auahi Street and Keawe Street.

Sunday, February 11, 5-9pm: The 5th Annual 'Pow! Wow! Exploring the New Contemporary Movement.'

  • Curated by Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace Gallery. Located at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria Street. On view February 11 to 24.

Monday February 12 to Saturday February 17:

  • Mural painting and installations in Kaka'ako by all the POW! WOW! artists.
  • POW! WOW! Pop-up Shop at the Big Bad Wolf store, open daily at 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard. And at Boldface, open daily at 851 Pohukaina Street, suite D.

Tuesday, February 13, 6-10pm: 6th Annual 1XRun X POW! WOW! Print Exhibition

  • Limited edition print exhibition presented by 1xRun. Located at Lana Lane Studios, 327 Lana Lane. On view February 13 to 17.

Wednesday, February 14, 7-8pm: Olukai Presents Jeff Hamada of Booooooom Talks with POW! WOW! Hawaii artist.

  • Jeff Hamada of Booooooom has an in-depth conversation with a POW! WOW! artist. Held at Lana Lane Studios, 327 Lana Lane.

Thursday, February 15, 7-8pm: Olukai and Bank of Hawaii present a talk between Simone Legno of Tokidoki and POW! WOW! founder Jasper Wong.

  • An intimate talk between the man behind the art of Tokidoki and POW! WOW! founder Jasper Wong. Held at Lana Lane Studios, 327 Lana Lane.

Friday, February 16: 6-11pm: Monster, Udef, and the Pro Breaking Tour presents Shadow Styles 6.

  • A breakdance battle with the UDEF crew. Located at the Wade Warehouse, 449 Cooke Street.

Friday, February 16, 6-10pm: Quintessence - Five Years of Bevy's Murals (closing party)

  • A showcase of murals at Bevy. Located at The Barn at Salt. On view February 9 to 16.

Saturday, February 17: BAMP and POW! WOW! concert

  • Info and artists to be announced. Located at the Kaka'ako Gateway Park.

Saturday, February 17, 10pm-late: POW! WOW! Hawaii after party

  • POW! WOW! after party at the Addiction in the Modern Honolulu. Located at 1775 Ala Moana Blvd.

Sunday, February 18, 2-6pm: 'Art to the Pitch' The Inaugural Pow! Wow! Hawaii Foot Golf Invitational

  • Soccer and golf combined into a fun new sport. Join us for a tournament of foot golf in collaboration with Paradise Soccer Club and Kicks to the Pitch. Located at the Bayview Golf Course, 45-285 Kaneohe Bay Drive.

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