POW WOW! Hawaii – Mural Progress. Photos and captions by Mike Cianciulli

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IMG_9264Philadelphia-based Yis Goodwin, aka NoseGo, adds detail to his collaboration piece with Hawaii’s Aaron ‘Angry Woebots’ Martin (aka Woes) on the side of Lana Lane Studios in Honolulu’s Kaka’ako district during POW! WOW! Hawaii.

POW WOW! Hawaii, a week-long event that brings over a hundred international and local artists together to create murals and other forms of art is happening this week in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, Hawaii.  The event offers programming with artists, gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, concerts, live art installations and a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios.

The name POW WOW! Hawaii originated with:

POW! – It’s the impact that art has on a person.

WOW! – It’s reaction that art has on a viewer.

Together they form POW! WOW!, which is a term that describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music and art.

Word is out that the festival is expanding to cities and countries such as Taiwan, Long Beach, Israel, Singapore, Jamaica, Washington D.C., Guam, New Zealand, Germany and more.

Cartwheel Art guest contributor, Mike Cianciulli, has been checking out the action. The following images are progress shots of the murals around Kaka’ako from Wednesday afternoon.

Stay tuned for the full story, including the murals and opening night reception curated by our friends at Thinkspace Gallery at Honolulu Museum of Art last Saturday.


David Flores halfway through a six-panel mural of Hawaiian surfing legend Eddie Aikau (shown) reaching hands toward the Father of Modern Surfing Duke Kahanamoku (unfinished).


David Flores, touching up the floral prints breaking apart the portraits of Eddie and Duke.


Flores’ sketch out of Duke Kahanamoku. The POW! WOW! murals should be wrapped up by Friday.



Katch1 putting some underwater details on his wall in Honolulu’s Kaka’ako District. Throw on some 3D glasses and the colors really come alive!


Hawaiian artist Chad Hasegawa working through a long wall of grizzly bears. (He went through three five-gallon buckets of black paint already.)


Hasegawa’s been based out of SF lately and was more than hyped to return home to Oahu for POW! WOW! “If they had a gathering like this back in the day, I would’ve never had to leave Hawaii,” Hasegawa said.


A big wall requires a “Big Ass Fan”. This artist (sorry, we didn’t catch his name!) begins his work entirely by sponge painting.


The Wooden Wave crew (Matthew and Roxanne Ortiz) specializes in a dream-boat scenario — a fully sustainable ship, complete with skate ramps and bowls, organic gardening, solar panels and more. They’re ready for the flood.


Maya Hayuk (right) and Kevin Ancell (left) share a contrasting corner of Kaka’ako. Check back tomorrow for Mike Cianciulli’s full report from POW! WOW! Hawaii.

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