Mural Painting!

In the past five years, Kakaʻako has changed dramatically as a result of high-rises and condos popping up. At the same time, the neighborhood has established itself as a street-art Mecca. Today’s event plunged us into the center of the action with murals being finalized on every street as Pow! Wow! Hawaiʻi 2018 draws to a close. Spreading out near Lana Lane Studios, we attempted to capture the artists at work. It was inspiring. At show-and-tell, we shared art at a slightly smaller scale – but with no less enthusiasm.

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

See you at our next event on March 3!

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Kaka‘ako WOW!

Today, Urban Sketchers O‘ahu met in Kaka‘ako during POW! WOW! Hawai‘i. For those unfamiliar with the festival, it is an annual gathering of local and international artists who create murals and other artwork. The complexity of the murals is impressive, and many artists require mechanical lifts and ladders in order to complete them.

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We thought this festival would be a great opportunity for sketchers to not only see the murals under construction but also try their hands at subjects different than our normal fare. Uncertain if many of our regular sketchers would be able to meet in the middle of a conventional workday, we were pleasantly surprised to see several prior participants. We also welcomed some new faces and introduced our group to several passers-by who might join us in the future.

As is tradition, our itinerary was relatively unstructured. Upon meeting, sketchers quickly scattered across several adjacent blocks and captured different murals and urban landscapes. The diversity of each sketcher’s choices was once again much appreciated during the show-and-tell session.

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It is wonderful to see that POW! WOW! Hawai‘i is going strong, and we will definitely keep it on the calendar for next year. Muralists were very friendly and open to being sketched. And, we certainly were not the only gawkers in the area! Hope to see familiar and new faces at our next event on the UH Mānoa campus (Saturday, 2/20)!

Special Event in Kaka‘ako

Although midweek, as well as midday, our February 11 event is a great opportunity to see (and sketch!) artists painting murals during POW! WOW! Hawai‘i‘s annual festival.


Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i

“Centered around a week-long event in Hawaii, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. The central event takes place during Valentine’s Day week in February in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, and brings over a hundred international and local artist together to create murals and other forms of art.” (from the Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i website)

This is the first time I’ve seen it. Here are a few photos of their artwork. Most are from this year’s festival. Definitely something to check out if you have not already. Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i

A photo of a rough and quick sketch of an artist at work.