Right after setting up the Taiwan event (introduced), the POW! WOW! Hawaii family got back to work taking part in an interesting project with The Polynesian Voyaging Society in Honolulu. What they put together was focused on the sacred canoe Hokulea on which legendary lifeguard and surfer Eddie Aikau lost his life while trying to get help for his friends between the Hawaiian and Tahitian island chains.
The POW! WOW! artists led by Kamea Hadar created artwork on Hokulea itself, its sister canoe Hikianalia, and a mural painted in Kaka’ako in collaboration the students of their educational programs. “The project aimed not only to beautify the canoes with artwork, but to educate people who would not normally be exposed to the culture, and bring attention to Malama Honua: The Worldwide Voyage.” On the 23rd of May, the two canoes will embark on a historic three year journey around the world, using only the sun, wind, waves and stars to guide them, all in honor of Eddie Aikau.
Photo credit: Mark Kushimi and Aaron Yoshino.
Video by Vincent Ricafort.