January 30, 2017
Pow! Wow! International Art and Music Festival Returns
Join us for a Special Study Hall at THE MODERN HONOLULU and Meet the Creative Forces Behind this World Wide Event, February 9, 2017
It started with a dream. A dream to empower emerging artists and celebrate their work. For artists Jasper Wong and Kamea Hadar, that dream is POW! WOW! Hawaii. The event is entering its seventh year. What began in Kaka’ako, the arts district of Honolulu, has spread into POW! WOW! festivals in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Long Beach, California and SXSW. The expansion also continues for the Honolulu event, and now offers educational programs for both a school of art and a school of music.
Learn more about by watching, "POW! WOW! Hawaii Through the Lenses of Martha Cooper."
Wong and Hadar will officially kick off POW! WOW! Hawaii during a special Study Hall at THE MODERN HONOLULU. Open to guests of the hotel as well as the public, the February 9, 2017, Study Hall begins at 7:30 p.m., in The Study lounge. During the free event, the artistic entrepreneurs will discuss the inspiration behind the global evolution of the festival. They will be joined by JP Kennedy, who is in charge of POW! WOW! Hawai’i Music and Event Coordination. In addition, there will be a special performance by Nick Kalekini and students from the POW! WOW! School of Music.
In an ongoing effort to empower all types of artists, the POW! WOW! School of Music offers music education for a select group of Hawaii’s young musicians. Students between the ages of 13 and 18 may audition for a spot in the program. Not only will the selected students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of music theory, production and instrument instruction from industry professionals, they can also collaborate with each other on original compositions. Since so many of Hawaii’s youth attend public schools with limited funding for music programs, POW! WOW! School of Music was launched to provide Hawaii’s young artists with a valuable source for instruction and resources.
If you are on Oahu, we encourage you to explore the artistic Kaka’ako neighborhood, located walking distance from THE MODERN HONOLULU. The 2017 event runs February 11 - 18.