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POW! WOW! art available online

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February 12th, 2014



Now that POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014 is underway, the streets of Kakaako are buzzing with activity as invited artists have begun their work and fans congregate to watch all the action.

Hawaii-based artist Kamea Hadar's limited edition run of "Liar" is sold out, but a number of other works are available via Detroit art retailer 1xRUN's website. (Courtesy photo)

Hawaii-based artist Kamea Hadar's limited edition run of "Liar" is sold out, but a number of other works are available via Detroit art retailer 1xRUN's website. (Courtesy photo)

Along with the street art, POW! WOW! Hawaii organizers have opened a pair of pop-up shops to service those who visit the artists at work and want something to take home with them to commemorate the experience. The shops are located at Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen Street, and Lana Lane Studios, 327 Lana Lane, and both will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Saturday.

But what if you don’t live in Hawaii, or want something a little more exclusive than the already limited-edition products available in the pop-up shops? Another option is Detroit-based art retailer 1xRUN ("One Time Run"), which currently offers a number of exclusive pieces from featured POW! WOW! Hawaii artists online.

According to its website, 1xRUN focuses on “bringing limited-edition, time-released artwork to collectors” and was launched after “years and years of developing trusted relationships with our favorite artists, gallerists and curators.”

More than 40 different prints will be available for purchase between Feb. 3 and Tuesday, with pieces released on a staggered schedule. Some, like Hawaii-based artist Kamea Hadar’s “Liar” and Honolulu-born artist Ekundayo’s “Awake,” sold out their 40-print runs shortly after being put on sale.

Artists with artwork still available for purchase or yet to be released online include:

"Sip, Surf, Stoked" by CKaweeks is among the artwork by featured POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014 artists available for purchase online. (Courtesy photo)

"Sip, Surf, Stoked" by CKaweeks is among the artwork by featured POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014 artists available for purchase online. (Courtesy photo)

» Glenn Barr

» BASK

» CKaweekS

» Cyrcle

» Aaron De La Cruz

» Defer

» Tristan Eaton

» Ron English

» Estria

» Gaia

» Gage Hamilton

» Insa

» Inti

» Spencer Keeton

» Dave Kinsey

» Madsteez & Roids

» Beak McFlaps

» Meleanna Meyer

» Aidan Monahan

» Brendan Monroe

» Meggs

» Carl F.K. Pao

» Brook Parker

» Mimi Pond

» Prime

» Pursue

» Reka

» Hanna Stouffer

» Tatiana Suarez

» Wayne White

» Angry Woebots

» 123Klan

Along with the online sale, 1xRUN will be in Honolulu this week to host an exhibition at Fresh Cafe on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. They’ll be joined by Pangea Seed, a local non-profit organization that will display prints from their archives as well as debut a new custom toy figure designed by more than 30 artists from around the world. The event is open to all ages.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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First Friday welcomes new additions

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February 7th, 2014



UPDATE: According to a press release sent Friday morning, "The Do-Over" will take place at Manifest, 32 N. Hotel St., instead of Fresh Cafe Downtown "due to circumstances beyond our control (with) permits."

Chinatown’s monthly First Friday celebration welcomes three new additions to its lineup this weekend, with two new venues making their debuts and the launch of a much-appreciated service for regular visitors to the neighborhood.

chinatown-valetONE OF the biggest complaints on busy nights in Chinatown is the lack of convenient parking options. Last month, a collaborative effort by neighborhood business and property owners with help from the community resulted in the launch of a new valet parking option on Bethel St.

We’re not talking about just weekend evenings, either — the new valet service will operate from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to midnight Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Vehicles will be parked in the ARTS at Marks Garage building, with drop-off located on Bethel across from Chaplain Lane. Pick-up will be on Chaplain Lane. (See map at right.)

Cost for the service is $10 on First Fridays and during special events; the price drops to $8 during all other times. Select Chinatown merchants may also decide to offer validation, so be sure to ask. Call 532-9300 for more information.

AFTER PARKING your car using the new valet service, you’ll be in perfect position to check out Chinatown’s newest nightspot, eleven44.

Formerly known as bambuTwo and theVenue, the two spaces owned by veteran Chinatown businessman Dave Stewart have been combined to transform what was once a “funky, casual space” into “something a bit more sleek and sophisticated.”

For the last few weeks, eleven44 operated under the radar with limited-time happy hour specials and a test lineup of pupu offerings. On Friday, they’ll partner with Foundation on a grand opening party that will feature DJs Timo, Jimmy Lee, Loic Tambay and Ramyt and the unveiling of the club’s new, custom-built D&B Audiotechnik sound system.

Doors at eleven44, located at 1144 Bethel St., open at 7 p.m. Friday with no cover charge for the 21-and-over crowd. Bottle service is available; visit Eleven44hawaii.com for more information.

New Chinatown nightspot eleven44 hosted a number of soft opening events in recent months, including December's annual "12 Bars of Christmas" bar crawl. A grand opening party is scheduled for Friday as part of February's First Friday festivities. (Star-Advertiser File)

New Chinatown nightspot eleven44 hosted a number of soft opening events in recent months, including December's annual "12 Bars of Christmas" bar crawl. A grand opening party is scheduled for Friday as part of February's First Friday festivities. (Star-Advertiser File)

JUST AROUND the corner on Nuuanu Avenue, the restaurant formerly known as Indigo will reintroduce itself to the neighborhood as Fresh Cafe Downtown with a special event celebrating the launch of annual Kakaako art event POW! WOW! Hawaii.

Fresh Cafe owner Tiffany Tanaka is a great fit for Chinatown, having operated the original location of her coffee shop and performance space on Queen Street since 2009 before deciding to expand. With the help of a loyal group of friends, Tanaka spent the last few weeks remodeling the space and is ready to open the doors to the general public.

According to a press release, Fresh Cafe Downtown will be open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dinner service from 4 p.m. to midnight daily (take-out will be available all day).

On Friday, the Red Bull Music Academy will bring the Los Angeles-based “The Do-Over” party back to Honolulu with a special POW! WOW! Hawaii kickoff edition hosted by DJs Haycock and Strong. As always, “The Do-Over” hypes the appearance of “mystery guest DJs” at their parties, so expect surprises later in the evening. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday; be sure to RSVP for free access.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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