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Live art, music headline POW! WOW! Hawaii finale

February 17th, 2016
JOHNNY WILSON / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISERThe Green headline Stranded in Paradise, the finale event for POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016, at Makers and Tasters on Saturday.

JOHNNY WILSON / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

The Green headline Stranded in Paradise, the finale event for POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016, at Makers and Tasters on Saturday.

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016 went out with a bang last weekend, as thousands of people showed up at Makers and Tasters in Kakaako for the annual art and music event’s finale concert. Local favorites The Green headlined the show and were joined by DJ Babu and Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Likkle Mai and local artists Eli Mac and Taimane Gardner.

DJ Cipha Sounds hosted the night, which also included a performance by students in the POW! WOW! School of Music. Food trucks, a breakdancing contest and art battle also took place. POW! WOW! sponsor Hawaiian Airlines had a VIP area set up at Makers and Tasters to provide guests with comfortable seating, complimentary snacks and drinks, and charging stations for mobile devices.

But the best part about the Black Book VIP Lounge was the up-close-and-personal vantage point for a live art installation by Honolulu-based artist Kamea Hadar and Japanese husband and wife duo Hitotzuki (aka Kami and Sasu Yoshida).

COURTESY HAWAIIAN AIRLINESKamea Hadar works on painting the side of a Hawaiian Airlines service vehicle.

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Kamea Hadar works on painting the side of a Hawaiian Airlines service vehicle.

Hadar laid the foundation for the installation on the side of a Hawaiian Airlines service vehicle on Feb. 6 during the monthly Honolulu Night Market event at Makers and Tasters, painting a Hawaiian couple exchanging ha, or breath of life. Hitotzuki took over on Saturday to add blue and white tones reflective of Hawaii’s natural landscape.

COURTESY HAWAIIAN AIRLINESSasu Yoshida adds his personal touch to the side of a Hawaiian Airlines service vehicle during Stranded in Paradise on Saturday.

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Sasu Yoshida adds his personal touch to the side of a Hawaiian Airlines service vehicle during Stranded in Paradise on Saturday.

According to a Hawaiian Airlines representative, the artists were inspired by a “strong sense of selfless service” found in both Hawaiian and Japanese culture.

See more photos from Stranded in Paradise via Honolulu Pulse.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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