The Pow Wow Hawaii/808 Urban Graffiti Workshop Series

The Pow Wow Hawaii/808 Urban Graffiti Workshop Series

Students from the 2012 Pow Wow Hawaii/808 Urban Arts Workshop Series.

The Graffiti Workshop Series is a year long workshop series, training youth in community muralism.  For more info or to register, please email (all interested students must be willing to commit to all three levels of the series from March – October)


The 808 Urban x Pow Wow Hawai’i Youth Art Workshops work with dedicated students over a period of nine months through various after school and Saturday art classes. Led by 808 Urban’s John “Prime” Hina, these workshops will explore contemporary urban art and its influence on commercial culture from the 1950’s to the present. Students will discuss changing societal concepts regarding contemporary public “street” art while exploring a variety of artistic concepts, including basic design, color theory, and symbolism. Additional elements that will naturally come from these workshops include self-expression, and cultural awareness, as well as respect for community and nature.

These workshops are an effort to prepare students for future PoW WoW Hawai’i gatherings. The more art these students do in preparation for these gatherings, the more the students will be able to learn from these national and international urban artists. The hope is that the participating students will be able to conceive, develop, and collaborate on a large mural in Kakaʻako as part of PoW WoW Hawai’i.

The following schools have participated in 808 Urban x PoW WoW Hawai’i education program: Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama Campus, Waipahu High School, Roosevelt High School, McKinley High School, YMCA-Kalihi, Voyager Charter Schools, Punahou School, Farrington High School and Washington Middle School.

The ultimate mission is to validate student art experiences and introduce young people to various forms of public expression. Working closely with 808 Urban to continue to support a gathering of contemporary artists that engages with the broader community in the process and creation of art. The final product of the project will beautify a portion of the students’ urban landscape.

Video by Banzai Media,