Your Ultimate Guide to Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i 2018
This year, Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i takes place between Feb. 10 and 18. Here’s your guide to all of the events and artists participating in the eighth annual festival, including a new activity.
VIDEO: COURTESY OF POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I
Every February, dozens of artists from across the globe congregate in Kaka‘ako to transform the urban neighborhood with murals, exhibits, discussion panels, parties and more. Since the first Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i in 2011, Pow! Wow! events have been held in South Korea, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, Guam, California, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.
Here’s what’s happening in Honolulu this year.
What’s Going On
Photos: Courtesy of Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i
Most people are familiar with Pow! Wow! because of the dozens of new murals that decorate the neighborhood each year. More than 50 artists (30 from Hawai‘i) have been confirmed for Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i 2018, including co-lead director Kamea Hadar, Nicole Naone, 7Sketches, Prime, Wooden Wave, Gavin Murai and Kris Goto; visiting artists include Daniel Arsham (New York), Simone Legno of Tokidoki (Italy), Ricky Watts (California), James Bullough (Germany), Sam Yong (Australia) and Lauren YS (California). Check out the full list of artists here and find where their murals will be on the map below.
Mural painting takes place daily from Feb. 12 to 17.
The opening block party on Saturday, Feb. 10, will draw thousands to Auahi and Keawe streets from 6 to 10 p.m. In conjunction with Honolulu Night Market, the party will kick off the weeklong festival with shopping, food, a fashion show by Rance China and more.
On Feb. 11, there will be an opening reception for the fifth annual exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, Exploring the New Contemporary Movement, curated by Thinkspace, from 5 to 9 p.m., with all of the participating artists in attendance. The art school is located at 1111 Victoria St., with parking in a paid lot or on the street. See the list of artists here.
Shadow Styles 6, a break-dance battle with UDEF, always draws a crowd. Check it out at Wade Warehouse, 449 Cooke St., on Friday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 11 p.m. That same night, to celebrate five years of murals at Bevy, the closing party will be held at The Barn at Salt from 6 to 10 p.m.
The popular after party takes place at Addiction (at The Modern, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd.) on Feb. 17, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
See the full schedule of events here.
Photo: Courtesy of Bevy
In 2017, Pow! Wow! held a soccer and art tournament. This year, Art to the Pitch returns as a foot golf invitational, featuring artists, sponsors and more. (Foot golf is just like regular golf, only instead of hitting a golf ball with a club, you kick a soccer ball into soccer-ball-size holes.) Watch the tournament at Bayview Golf Course in Kāneʻohe on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 to 6 p.m.
Quintessence—Five Years of Bevy Murals opens on Feb. 8, showcasing 17-by-8-foot murals that have been created for the bar since 2013. It’ll be open in Salt’s Barn area through Feb. 16 from noon to 8 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m. during the Feb. 10 Night Market and the Feb. 16 closing party. Solomon Enos will be painting live, as well. Swing by Bevy for drink specials during the week.
Where to Park
Find street parking in Kakaʻako if you’re lucky, but the Salt parking garage is another good option. It’s free for the first hour. If you get it validated at one of Salt’s merchants, it’s $1 for the second hour and $3 for the third. Each hour after (and without validation), it’s $6 per hour.
Though the opening reception for Exploring the New Contemporary Movement is on Feb. 11, the exhibit has been on view since Feb. 3 and runs through Feb. 24, if you want to check it out during less-busy times (open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
You can also check out the 1xRun x Pow! Wow! limited-edition print exhibition at Lana Lane Studios (327 Lana Lane) Feb. 13 to 17, noon to 6 p.m., with an artist reception on Feb. 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. Prints will be available online Feb. 7 through 19 at 1xrun.com.
Rock this year’s official Pow! Wow! gear from Big Bad Wolf at Ward Village or bigbadwolfkids.com, or Boldface at 851 Pohukaina St., Suite D.
If you can’t make it, follow along on Instagram at @powwowworldwide.
Find more info at powwowhawaii.com