The Blooming Street Art of Honolulu – Pow! Wow! Hawai'i and More

May 08, 2017

Aloha Mural by Risk (POW! WOW! Hawai‘i 2016 installation, on 959 Queen St.)

Have you ever experienced that your daily scenery suddenly became a little more colorful and cheerful to your eyes? Somehow you are capturing more colors and lights than usual, while walking your dog in the same old neighborhood or driving down on the same dull commuting route. You find yourself indescribably feeling positive and uplifted, and a series of questions circle around in your mind: “Am I in love?” “Did I just come back from a much-needed long vacation??” Either way, it is a welcoming feeling to me as it adds some vibe to my day, and I have been tricked by this mind-boosting experience in Kaka‘ako for quite some time. Well, it was not a new love nor vacation, but it was Pow! Wow! Hawai'i’s murals! The artists, both local and international, have been physically painting Kaka‘ako’s scenery with their edgy graffiti, adding confetti of colors to our lives.

Since 2011, new murals have been popping up all over the town from the ground up like colorful mushrooms. As its name suggests, Pow! Wow! Hawaii has been promoting festive events which bring the community and artists together to celebrates culture, music and art. Now the wave of Pow! Wow!’s festivities have gone international, reaching all the way out to Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan!

Today, I gathered some images of their works and other artists here. Since there are so many to choose from (over 100!), I picked those that had some island themes. I will follow up with other eye-catching works in the whimsical-to-geometrical wondrous themes soon!

Shaka Mural by Shok-1 (POW! WOW! Hawai‘i 2017 installation, on 327 Lana Lane.)

Hawaiian legend of the naupaka flower by Kamea Hadar, co-founder of POW! WOW! Hawai‘i, 2017 installation for SALT at Our Kaka‘ako)

Floral mural by Ouizi, (POW! WOW! Hawai‘i 2017 installation, on 810 Pohukaina St.)

'I'iwi birds mural by Christina Angelina (POW! WOW! Hawai'i 2016 installation, on 353 Koula St.) 

Cave-like mural by 1010 (POW! WOW! Hawai'i 2016 installation, on the mauka side of Ward Village building on 1170 Auahi St.)

Queen Lili’uokalani mural by John Pugh (Honolulu Arts Commission 2008 installation, on 401 Kamake'e St.)

The Siren mural by Audrey Kawasaki, (POW! WOW! Hawai‘i 2016 installation, on 798 Pohukaina St.)

A chiseled wall by Vhils (POW! WOW! Hawai‘i 2014 installation, on 670 Auahi St.)

Fish prints on the parking lot of 441 Cooke St. complex. The artist unkown : ( 

Oh God I wish My Boyfriend Could Surf mural by D*Face (POW! WOW! Hawai'i 2015 installation on 555 N King St.)

Big Slick Aloha mural by Slick (POW! WOW! Hawai‘i 2017 installation, on 800 Ala Moana Blvd.)

Matisse saidthere are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
Now there are always tropical flowers and murals for those who want to see them in Hawai'i!


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