Social Encore: POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014
BY JERMEL-LYNN QUILLOPO / Special to the Star-Advertiser
POW! WOW! Hawaii has changed the way people see the streets of Kakaako. It has not only created a sanctuary of the arts in the neighborhood, but it has created a place where people can explore their creativity and learn from other artists.
Nearly 100 artists pounded the pavement this year, with many collaborations among artists on each wall. Some, like 123 Klan, Woes Martin and Justin Park, were returning artists to POW! WOW! Hawaii and ready to paint the town. Others, like Buff Monster and James “JPatt” Patterson, were newcomers welcomed with open arms and were both amazed at how much of presence the festival has in urban Honolulu.
The artist known as Buff Monster is a Punahou graduate now living on the mainland who got his name from a character he created years ago. (It sort of reminds me of cute Japanese anime with a hint of humor.) He made a name for himself via hand-silkscreened posters in Los Angeles and has been featured in publications like Nylon, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
Producing an event like POW! WOW! Hawaii really is a community effort, he said, pointing out the cooperation needed from neighborhood property owners, festival staff and local and visiting artists, as well as support from public leaders and Kakaako residents.
Instead of working outside on murals, Patterson served as a mentor for this year’s Pow Wow School of Music at Lana Lane Studios. Patterson is one half of electronic music duo The Knocks; he and Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner have produced music and remixes for artists such as Ellie Goulding and Flo Rida.
The week-long event wrapped up with a special edition of “Honolulu Night Market” last weekend, with the block party extending down Auahi Street to Lana Lane. The street was packed with people and vendors who were all entertained with live performances by Pow Wow School of Music participants and award-winning local reggae band The Green.
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