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Feb 06, 2019

Much More Than Murals: POW! WOW!

Kicking off its ninth year on Friday, February 8, it’s abundantly clear that POW! WOW!’s impact on the state’s art scene extends well beyond the colorful murals of Kaka‘ako. 

To be sure, the annual event helped kick-start the contemporary art movement that’s currently sweeping islands. When the two-week long event officially kicks off in Honolulu, a plethora of world-renowned artists will take over Kaka‘ako streets and city establishments, creating breathtaking murals, sitting for intimate artist discussions, and supporting Honolulu’s thriving art scene at concerts, art exhibitions, and skate sessions. 

POW! WOW! Founder and Director Jasper Wong, also co-owner of Big Bad Wolf children’s apparel brand and boutique in South Shore Market, has taken POW! WOW! on tour across the globe for the past eight years, networking with talented artists from Taiwan to Israel to the US Mainland. Through a shared commitment to uplift communities by fostering a new appreciation for public contemporary street art, Wong has curated a most impressive selection of elite artists for the Honolulu 2019 festival, all of whom will share their original art on Kaka‘ako’s urban landscape in the coming weeks. 

American contemporary artist Shepard Fairey will be headlining the festival. First known for his “Andre The Giant Has a Posse” street campaign and his work with the OBEY apparel brand, Fairey gained world stardom with the now iconic Barack Obama “Hope” art he designed in 2008. Fairey, a graphic artist, illustrator, and activist, will also talk story with Jasper Wong at an intimate artist discussion on February 14. How Nosm—Spanish-born twin brothers Raoul and Davide Perre with German heritage—will share their large-scale red-, black-, and white-based imagery known for intricate details. Okinawa-based artist ONEQ will create a new, flowing modern pin-up installation, and Logan Hicks, a New-York-based artist, will create one of his famous photorealistic stenciled paintings. 

POW! WOW! Hawaii will always be a public affair. Join these artists, and more than 20 others from Hawai‘i and around the world, on the streets of Honolulu to celebrate a culture redefining what it means to be street smart. And while you’re not watching art come to life, check out these POW! WOW! Hawaii 2019 events: 

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2019
February 8 – 17


Honolulu Night Market and POW! WOW! Block Party 
Saturday, February 9, 6pm
It’s food, fun, and friends at the POW! WOW! Hawaii 2019 kick-off event, located on Auahi Street and Keawe Street in the heart of art central.   

Mural Paintings By POW! WOW! Artists 
Monday, February 11, All Day
This is what it’s all about—artists officially begin painting their 2019 murals.   

Art Talk with Logan Hicks 
Tuesday, February 12, 7pm
Photorealistic stenciled murals—how does he do it? Enjoy a talk story with renowned artist Logan Hicks at Ward Warehouse, 449 Cooke St.   

Hayao Miyazaki Inspired Art Exhibition 
Wednesday,  February 13, 6pm
Take in an art exhibition by Spoke Art, featuring work inspired by Hayao Miyazaki, at Ala Moana Shopping Center. 

Art Talk with Shepard Fairey 
Thursday, February 14, 7pm
Don’t miss this intimate discussion with one of the original contemporary street artists, Shepard Fairey, and POW! WOW! Founder Jasper Wong, at Ward Warehouse. 

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