Best Arts & Culture

Best Arts & Culture
Hidden Treasure
Image: Jon Evangelista

Best Arts & Culture / Best Graffiti Landmark

Hawaii Coat of Arms

Eye-grabbing artwork can be found on a good stretch of Ala Moana Boulevard, near Kakaako. (Thanks, Pow Wow Hawaii!) But what lies just off the beaten path of the creative and abstract morsels of art is a massive 600 square foot symbol of island mana, unofficially called “Hawaiian Coat of Arms.”

Created by Estria Miyashiro and Prime with sick contributions from Katch One, Evolve, Look, Bieste and Beak, the images of the ali`i and warriors of ancient Hawaii are texturally rich and bold. Located on Pohukaina Street at Koula Street, next to the new BJ Penn Gym (the former Pipeline Cafe), the piece has created a buzz in the art scene. Not only is this bugga big, the characters are intimidating, as well. The local treasure, just about a year old, shows beaucoup amounts of respect to Hawaiian and hip hop/aerosol art culture. The fact that such an esteemed work of art is done on the property of Kamehameha Schools makes the piece a mural to marvel over. Imua.

Runner Up:

The Water Writes Mural by Estria and Prime.

Honolulu Community College

Local painter

Solomon Enos

Solomon Enos is credited with knocking up many wahine. Not personally, but with his painting of Kamapua’a, the pig god who was the lover of Pele and a symbol of fertility. Enos’ girlfriend, his business partner’s girlfriend, and those who had dealt with the image in any way were hapai soon after the painting’s completion. Reproductions (all puns intended) of the piece have continued to be a boon for folks wanting to bring fertility into their lives, not just limited to procreation, but also creativity and opportunities.

“I feel that there is so much hidden meaning and wonder in the world we live in,” he explains. “I simply endeavor to relate this to folks who think they can’t feel it.” This September Enos will travel to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands as part of a NOAA team for a month where he will produce a body of work on the ship to be exhibited at the Honolulu Museum of Art upon return.–