Photo by Brandon Shigeta
“The biggest inspiration for me was to work together [with Rone]. ABC Stores offered us the wall last minute and were pretty happy with Askew’s portrait on the other side. They mentioned that they like Rone’s and my work because we do portraits as well so we got really inspired to work together. We kind of have similar styles, and at first I was kind of worried because if two styles are too similar it gets kind of hard to figure out who is going to do what, but in the end it worked out better. It’s a true collaboration where you can’t see where his work ends and my work begins: it’s all one in the same. It was painted on the last day [of Pow Wow Hawai'i], on Saturday on the finale so we actually had to finish it up after the Pow Wow week. Even though it was rushed, for me it was a release because I was working all week on Pow Wow and I needed a break. To me, painting is a nice break and a way to release all my stress. Even though it was hard work it was fun. I can’t speak for Rone and his intentions for the piece and his imagery, but for me I was happy that I got to work with Rone because he is one of [my girlfriend's] favorite Pow Wow artists. So the piece for me was a way of saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day,” to her because she gets neglected a lot during Valentine’s. So it’s actually funny because she’s already looking at next year and making a list of her favorite artists that she wants me to paint with as a Valentine’s present, which is cool because she’s getting into it.”
—Kamea Hadar, 29, Pow Wow co-lead
Photo by Mikey Inouye
The other day, we packed up our cameras, hopped on our bikes, and went holo paikikala (ride bike) through Kaka’ako. There’s no better way to check out all the art from this year’s Pow Wow event than on a bike. From Fisherman’s Wharf to Fresh Cafe, and a bunch of stops in between, here’s what we saw.
What an event, filled with not only great artists, but great people as well. Big up to Kamea Hadar for the hospitality! (Thereʻs a Paiʻea Projects jersey hidden somewhere under a bunch of lei if you look close enough). See you next year!
Hype event. Hype song. Already looking forward to next year!
Pupukea, Oahu just before sunset. Jeff hits a boar with his bow @ ~30 ft. The boar runs off into the bushes. Jeff tracks it but only finds a trail of blood. Month or so later while hunting for the POW WOW imu, Kamea runs into this carcass. Its the same pig (so he claims). Fast forward to POW WOW. Shows over, artists go home, the skull becomes the POW WOW autograph/scrap book. Turned out pretty sick so we had to shoot it!