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The TEAM behind POW! WOW! Hawaii (yes there’s a team)

January 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

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hi. so most of you probably don’t know this story but when i met Jasper at manifest over the holidays in 2009 he was about to pull together an event in hong kong and told me i should come check it out. so i did. once i saw what he was up to i was deeply inspired by the event and told him while i was still in hong kong that if he could figure out a way to do the event in hawaii that i would help him however i could.

he got in touch after a while and sent me a pretty detailed and elaborate pdf file that was too big to forward so i had it printed in color and set a bunch of meetings around town. i met with museums, venues, potential sponsors, other non-profit artsy organizations, anyone that would listen to what i had to say. a few were open to it, and later on i was approached by my co-workers boyfriend when i was at manifest who was also an artist who said he heard about what i was putting together and might have a house that could house the artists. i went up to pupukea and sat with his mom and the printed pdf and she showed me the most beautiful house i ever saw in my life.

there was a warehouse that i had just did a big party at that i thought might work as the venue and thankfully my best friend happened to be an owner there and was happy to make it work.

i also had a friend that i worked with for a cute tv show that is a huge film buff that also wanted to help so he followed us around and filmed it.

this was five years ago.

there are others i think that made a big impact on our event – especially artist/writer/attorney sonny ganaden who joined us for a year and initiated some grants and (most importantly) our education component. this is what has given me the motivation to see this event moving forward. i have always been passionate about enriching youth. tiffany tanaka also worked very hard to start our pow wow school of music, another huge step in making our event less of an ego-driven bro-down and more about giving back. i started the music department in 2013 to make the festival more well-rounded. music as you know is very important to me.

we are heading in to year five. the festival will run from feb 7th-14th. you can see all of our events on the website or through our facebook.

here we go. our golden year.

(mahalo to jamm aquino/staradvertiser for the photo. probably the only one that exists of our team.)

Tags: art · good timing · pow wow

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