Local artist creates beauty in Kakaako

Kakaako Mural

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It’s been said the creation of beauty is art. Anyone who’s driven through Kakaako recently can see that the landscape’s become a more beautiful place.

“Having a blank wall versus having something colorful there. There is no comparison,” Aina Haina resident Kamea Hadar said.

Hadar is one of the artists creating beauty within the community.

“It was since before I could remember I was into art and drawing and I think every child kind of loves to draw and scribble. I guess I just never stopped,” Hadar said.

The Kalani High School graduate attended college at the University of San Diego and studied his craft abroad.

“I have also had a period of studying in Paris at the Sorbonne. I studied at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel and in Spain as well at the university there,” Hadar said.

The four-time cover artist for The Green reggae band also serves as co-lead director of Pow Wow Hawaii, a team of artists that educates and advocates beautification projects.

“Myself and a few other people we decided that instead of moving to a hot spot why not make Hawaii a hot spot for art?” Hadar said.

His murals and collaborations captivate motorists and passersby from Cooke to Ahui to Kona Streets, Addiction Nightclub and the ceiling of Fresh Cafe’s “Loft in Space.”

“I laid on my back on the floor for a long time trying to visualize it,” Hadar said.

The 29 year old says his main source of inspiration comes from longtime girlfriend and Maui Divers Jewelry model Shanna Hulme.

“I paint her more than any other person that I paint. This is her face back here,” Hadar said.

Hadar’s momentum continues to build with an art show in California next month and two more events this summer in Oregon and Israel.

“Spreading art and education around the world is something I see myself doing,” Hadar said. “If somebody had a big skyscraper that they wanted a big portrait on, I would like the opportunity to see how far I can take my murals.”

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