Artistic Approach To Sprucing Up Kakaako Attracts Talented Artists

Published On: Feb 18 2012 05:30:01 AM HST
Updated On: Feb 18 2012 10:57:28 PM HST
HONOLULU -

A canvas of cinder block, countless cans of paint and buckets of creativity; the combination transformed a Kakaako community into an artistic playground.

"I think this is really pretty. I haven't seen anything like this at least not on this island," said Mililani resident Jaycie Ige.

Before painting began, artists asked permission and showed sketches to the building's owners. Maile Keliinoi used a ladder to boost her five-foot frame but despite demonstrating her artistic talents, the 16-year-old, Kauai native remains humble.

"I'm not a really big artist. I don't think I'm really good at it. I'm just kind of doing it more fun," said Keliinoi.

Keliinoi's mural of a face with 8 eyes symbolizes that in life there is more than one perspective. It seems appropriate for the POW WOW event, which is hoping to change the public's view on graffiti art.

"It's much more positive. It's not so much for destruction sake, it's to bring people together and create something beautiful," said Wahiawa resident and artist Kahi Beamer.

"People are here walking around trying to see all these walls, like families are here people are on bikes. If anything it is making things safer and its beautifying making it better," said POW WOW HAWAII founder Jasper Wong.

The organizer donated the paint and there was no cost for the wall space. Kamehameha Schools is developing the area as a destination for residents and visitors to experience different expressions of art.

"It's amazing. You have all of the Hawaiian mythology over here and I saw the Indian stuff back there and I thought oh my god I'm in love," Ige said with excitement.

Click this link for mural locations.

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