After touring the globe and beautifying the streets of ten different cities, contemporary art initiative POW! WOW! takes to its hometown in Oahu, Hawaii for its 2019 festivities. Taking place between February 8th and the 17th, artists and musicians will gather at the Kaka’ako neighborhood and create all new murals and installations. The festival is fleshed out with a block party alongside the Honolulu Night Market, an exhibition curated by Thinkspace, artist talks, screenings, indoor soccer matches with Kicks to the Pitch and Paradise Soccer Club, break dancing battles with the Endless Summer Jam, as well as a concert with Eminem at Aloha Stadium.

Supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. The Hawaii event takes place during Valentine’s Day week in February in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, and brings over a hundred international and local artists together to create murals and other forms of art.

Check the gallery below for photos of last year's murals, shot by Jasper Wong

In 2018, the festival was held in the following cities: Honolulu, Hawaii; Washington D.C.; Kathmandu, Nepal; Long Beach, California; Worcester, Massachusetts; Rotterdam, Netherlands; San Jose, California; and Kobe, Japan.