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THE GATHERING PLACE | Lana Lane Studios | Honolulu, HI

By Daniel Ikaika Ito | ESPN

The paint is dry, the murals fawned over and the community is still stoked on the amount of beauty and aloha that was shared during the week of Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2013. This annual mural festival, which featured more than international 70 artists, hits its apex with a block party at the monthly Honolulu Night Market in Kaka’ako on Saturday, Feb. 16. Oahu’s nickname is “The Gathering Place” and Kaka’ako is a fitting setting for Pow Wow Hawaii, says the event’s founder and co-leader, Jasper Wong.

“Pow Wow Hawaii is a gathering,” Wong explains. “It’s a gathering of all these artists to Hawaii to beautify a neighborhood, share their stories, paint and to hang out together. Bringing in this many people from all over the world — artists, media and locals — and having them be together in one place for over a week, you can’t help but notice that there is something amazing going on in Hawaii. It’s making noise and I think it will help [sustain the local community and economy] in the long run.”

This year’s gathering eclipsed the previous three years’ events in terms of community outreach, satellite events, size and scope. Organizers added a music school and Lana Lane Studios to the itinerary for 2013. Despite this exponential growth, however, things went relatively well according to Wong.

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