Kamea Hadar is the lead director of Pow Wow Hawai’i, an annual gathering of artists from around the world that is transforming industrial space in Honolulu. Kamea grew up in the worlds of his Japanese/Korean mother and Israeli father. As a child, he took classes at the Honolulu Art Academy and University of Hawai’i, and later studied art at the Sorbonne in Paris, the University of St. Louis in Madrid, and the University of Tel Aviv, Israel. His work has evolved from traditional oil-on-canvas photorealism to surreal portraits that strip their subjects to their purest forms, and aim to communicate more with less. Kamea is the youngest board member of the Hawai’i Arts Alliance and resides in Honolulu.
Recorded at TEDxMaui 2013, held on January 13, 2013 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.