Hitotzuki in Hawaii: Kakaako Mural and the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicles Project II
Following the success of their first collaboration in 2014, POW! WOW! and Hawaiian Airlines are teaming up again to commission artists to paint a Hawaiian Airlines ground service vehicles. This year, Tokyo’s Hitotzuki (husband and wife duo Kami and Sasu) and Hawaii’s Kamea Hadar will be adding their signature styles to the airline’s catering truck, used to service the planes in between flights.
“It has been such an amazing experience to work with new and exciting canvases. To get the chance to see the completed vehicle designs when I’ve flown to POW! WOW! Long Beach and then later POW! WOW! Japan was truly the cherry on top,” said Hadar. “Last time we painted everything at the airport, so this time around we wanted to take that process into a public setting and create a unique experience. We are going to paint pieces that represent the strong sense of hospitality that both of our cultures share which directly translates to Omotenashi in Japanese and Ho’okipa in Hawaiian. When I was in their home country of Japan they really took me in and were wonderful hosts, and I plan to do the same when they come to Hawaii.”
The truck will be painted live at Stranded in Paradise, POW! WOW! Hawaii’s, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaiian Airline’s finale concert, on February 13 at the Maker’s and Tasters lot in Kakaako (formerly known as Fisherman’s Wharf). The concert features The Green, DJ Babu and Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Eli-Mac, Likkle Mai, Taimane Gardner, Cipha Sounds and The POW! WOW! School of Music. Also featured is a Secret Walls live graffiti battle, hip-hop battle, Maker’s and Taster’s food trucks and the Hawaiian Airlines Black Book VIP Lounge.
Hawaiian Airlines helped Kami and Sasu make POW! WOW! 2016 a family affair by flying their two children to accompany them as they participate in this year’s festivities.