SuperCity: Familiar faces in new places
BY CHRISTA WITTMIER / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Hi! I made it out of POW! WOW! Hawaii alive! What a journey it’s been. As I type this the artists are all being driven to the airport to catch their flights and I’m shaking my head out of a dream-like trance to get focused on events I need to coordinate at work.
If you aren’t already working on anything extra-curricular, I would highly suggest doing so. I was standing in the street at our block party on Saturday night, filled with so much pride listening to the kids in our Pow Wow School of Music perform original music they had written after a 10-day intensive workshop. They enjoyed special appearances and received critical feedback from successful recording artists — including Paula Fuga, James Patterson and Ta-Ku — who all walked out of there with their own overwhelming feelings of inspiration.
For any talent lucky enough to do what they love as their job, this was an opportunity to give back. You can’t put a price on that feeling. You do it for the love and passion of being able to inspire the kids. What you get in return is way more valuable, and the students’ performance on stage last weekend brought it all together.
The success of our POW! WOW! finale had much to do with partnering with “Honolulu Night Market,” as there was a nice amount of overlap with their crowd and ours. What “Night Market” has built in Kakaako is such a blessing to our scene. They have been able to get up and going with very nominal profit margins; nobody is getting rich off these events.
What they have created is incredibly valuable though; the family-friendly environment with great food, music, art and fashion attracts thousands of people every month. Streetgrindz.com sees the bigger picture and has staff who are passionate about building their community. As the future of Kakaako looms, all of us working to create these events will hold on to our passion and the celebration of creativity. Hopefully those feelings will endure through all the changes coming to the neighborhood.
On Saturday, “Night Market” will host a moving sale as they vacate the Pinch of Salt warehouse for a new location on Cooke Street between Pohukaina and Auahi. This area will continue to grow once Interisland Terminal opens their new project, a public gathering space called Kakaako Agora. Both a Pinch of Salt and Kakaako Agora will not be as permanent, but they do promise to foster community and creativity in the area. “Honolulu Night Market” will resume every third Saturday of the month at the new location starting April 19.
Doors for Saturday’s moving sale open at 10 a.m. at 683 Auahi St. Admission is free.
ALSO THIS weekend, the hardest-working promoter in Hawaii hip-hop, Justin “DJ Bone” Kaneshiro, relaunches “Hip-Hop @ The Trops” at Tropics Tap House in Puck’s Alley. The new Tropics Tap House is a reincarnation of sorts of the old Tropics Cafe at Ward Farmers Market, where Kaneshiro originally hosted the local hip-hop showcase.
Featured performers include local heavyweights Omega Cix, Ill Hill Society, Prie and Broke Mokes. Another highlight of the night will be a reunion set by rappers Pro (now known as Jim Hurdle) and Product. The party starts at 9 p.m. Friday; cover is $7 general admission, $3 for those with an event flyer or valid UH-Manoa student ID.
Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young’s Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for POW! WOW! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular “Bacardi Pool Party” on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.