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Murals ARTiculate culture, history and creativity at Our Kakaʻako

March 1, 2017

Part of cultivating a strong Native Hawaiian identity for Kamehameha Schools includes embracing culture in the stewardship of its real estate assets. This collaborative event is among many that pay homage to the Hawaiian culture through meaningful and educational design.

Urban artists from POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi recently converged in Our Kakaʻako for the annual POW! WOW! Festival. Kamehameha Schools’ involvement includes providing the canvas for these large-scale art pieces, and allowing artists to express themselves on walls throughout the neighborhood. The event brings art, music, and culture to Our Kakaʻako, a lively urban community in Honolulu where people can live, work, play, and appreciate the outdoor art scenery.

KS photographer Michael Young captured some of the highlights of the fest which happened from Feb. 11 through 18. Read more about this year’s festival.

John “Prime” Hina, founder of 808 Urban and POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi artist, painted this mural near Highway Inn fronting Coral Street. The concept of his mural is the story of Kāmehaʻikana in Waipao.

Hawaiian contemporary artist Solomon Enos begins to paint his newest mural near Lana Lane Studios in Our Kakaʻako.

Mural completed by Detroit POW! WOW! artist, Michelle Tanguay titled "Love Thy Neighbor", for women in the world who are scared, feel alone and want their voices to be heard.

The Draculas start on their "Boys Scout campfire" mural located on Coral Street near SALT at Our Kakaʻako.

Artist Drew Merritt from Los Angeles starts on his mural titled "Patience and Persistence" located near Lana Lane Studios in Our Kakaʻako.

Finished "Monsters" mural by artist Kevin Lyons located between Mother Waldron Park and Fisher Warehouse Kakaʻako on Pohukaina Street.

The Draculas, who paint their projects after midnight, complete the "Boy Scouts campfire" mural.

Tattoo artist Mung Monster finishes his "Lychee Bandits" mural near the UFC Gym on Pohukaina Street.

Artistic duo Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann from the Netherlands complete their interpretation of "Aʻo Mai i Kou Hewa (learn from your mistakes) mural during the POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi Festival.

Everyone needs a little "ALOHA". Mural completed by Big Slick Aloha near Ala Moana Blvd.

Shok-1 from the UK finished his shaka mural near Lana Lane Studios in Our Kakaʻako.