bove: Mural by Dak1ne from POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 Every February, the POW! WOW! Hawaii art festival takes over Honolulu’s Kaka’ako district. The event, founded by artist and curator Jasper Wong, brings together more than one hundred international and local artists to create larger-than-life murals around the city. We caught up with Wong, an Oahu native, to get his take on the festival, plus to find out his favorite local hangouts around the island. Q: How did you come up with the name POW! WOW!? A: The name comes from comic books. When you read comics, POW! is like a punch in the face. That's how I perceive the impact of art — especially large-scale murals — to a viewer. And WOW! is the reaction to that. Together, they form a Native American term that describes a gathering to celebrate culture, music and art. It was perfect for what we were trying to do.