At 10am on Monday, Feb 9th, the mural painting part of POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015 officially begun with a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony at the Lana Lane headquarters in Kaka’ako in Honolulu. After the ceremony, the artists picked up their paint and needed equipment and started working on their designated walls.
With 100+ international and local artist in attendance, this years event crossed the borders of Kaka’ako district. And while some artists were painting over freshly buffed walls from previous years, the others were creating works at new locations. Visitors of the festival can witness some rare and very unusual collaborations, such as Esao Andrews and Aaron Horkey (seen above), as well as see some true legends of street art live in action. Varying in their styles and techniques, the works range from Maya Hayuk’s thick, drippy paint weaving, Strok’s stencils, Hottea’s yarn installations, Alexis Diaz’s ink wall drawings, and an entire list of spray can or paint brush masters. From large scale murals by D*Face, Doze Green or Akut, to smaller interventions by Ernest Zacharevic, this year’s event covers most of the aspects of the world wide phenomenon that is urban and street art as well as classic graffiti.