The Complete Guide to Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i

You don't want to miss this weeklong event.
Artists from around the world come together to paint the murals around Kaka‘ako. 
Photos: Courtesy of Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i

 

Bring your camera and your friends to the sixth annual Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i event. Blanks walls around Kaka‘ako are creatively transformed into urban masterpieces, which makes a great background for Instagram (and a beautiful walk through Kaka‘ako). The weeklong event is filled with music, talks, parties and, of course, a lot of art. This year, murals are creatively painted according to the theme, “Stranded in Paradise.” Attendees are encouraged to watch top artists from around the world paint on Kaka‘ako’s walls, and they can purchase commemorative merchandise from the Pow! Wow! pop-up shop at the Big Bad Wolf store. For the finale, director Jasper Wong decided to do things differently this year by adding a finale concert. 

 

Schedule of Events 

 

Kickoff Party 

 

Date: Saturday, Feb. 6, 6–11 p.m.
Location: 449 Cooke St.
Cost: Free

Description: Start your Pow! Wow! festivities off right by attending the kickoff party on Saturday, Feb. 6. Honolulu Night Market teams up with the Pow! Wow! crew to make an unforgettable event. Purchase Pow! Wow! merchandise and goods from other top local brands, watch live art demonstrations and music and enjoy delicious food from your favorite food trucks. 

Food: 

  • Aloha Pops

  • Beyond Burgers

  • Crazy Country Corn

  • Girls Who Bake

  • Hawaiian Twisted Tater

  • Hawai‘i’s Fried Musubi

  • Koi

  • Otsuji Farms

  • Tea On Fleek

  • Taste Tea

  • Taste of Indonesia

  • Pacifico Pizza

Shop: 

  • Misha Lam 

  • Anna Grace Jewelry

  • Nilma Hunter

  • Flotsam Co.

  • Avant Pop

  • Drone

  • Exempli Gratia

  • XIX Palms

  • Oceans End

  • Auds & Ends

  • Star Boutique

  • Alohilani Boutique

  • Pulau Swimwear

  • Get Salty

  • World of Good Travel

  • Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i

  • Rob Branson

  • RAW International

  • Flore21

  • Island Doggie

  • Of One Sea

 

Third Annual Pow! Wow! Exploring the New Contemporary Art Movement Exhibition Opening Reception

 

Date: Sunday, Feb. 7, 6–10 p.m. 
Location: Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria St.

Description: The annual exhibition curated by Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace will feature an installation by Aaron Li-Hill, and works from many different artists. If you miss the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until Monday, Feb. 15. 

 

Mural Painting 

 

Date: Monday, Feb. 8–13. 
Location: Various locations around Kaka‘ako, click here to see the mural map.

Description: Watch top artists as they paint live throughout the week. Most of the murals are within walking distance of each other, so put on some comfy shoes, bring your camera and make a day of it. 

 

Pow! Wow! Finale, Stranded in Paradise 

 

Date: Saturday, Feb. 13, 4–10 p.m.
Location: Makers and Tasters, 1011 Ala Moana Blvd. 
Cost: Purchase tickets here

Description: The finale concert is a first for Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i. The concert, located at Makers and Tasters, will feature local favorites The Green and Eli Mac. There will also be street-art battles, b-boy competitions, food trucks, retail booths and more. To see the parking map, click here

 

Stranded in Paradise After Party 

Date: Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 p.m.–2 a.m.
Location: Addiction Night Club, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. 

Description: If the two weeks’ worth of activities still have you pumped, head to Addiction for the “Stranded in Paradise” afterparty.

 

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