Lonely Planet Writer

Street artists turn Hawaiian airport vehicles into works of art

Street artists from Hawai’i and Japan have covered a Hawaiian Airlines ground service vehicle in collaborative art as the airline prepares to begin flights to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.

Street artists paint a Hawaiian Airlines service vehicle.
Street artists paint a Hawaiian Airlines service vehicle. Image by Hawaiian Airlines

The airline welcomed Hawaiʻi and Japan’s top street artists, Kamea Hadar, and husband and wife duo Hitotzuki, for a “symbolic collaboration” on the project. The painting was completed live during POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi – an annual week-long event in Honolulu that includes gallery shows, lecture series, art and music schools, mural projects and concerts.

The event featured Hadar painting a Hawaiian couple, their head and nose pressed together, “sharing ha (breath of life)”, according to a press release. Hitotzuki, made up of Kami and Sasu Yoshida from Tokyo, painted around Hadar’s design “with deep tones of blue and crisp white clouds reflective of Hawaiʻi’s picturesque scenery”.

Street artists paint a Hawaiian Airlines service vehicle.
Street artists paint a Hawaiian Airlines service vehicle. Image by Hawaiian Airlines

The vehicle is used to transport catering materials to aircraft and will continue to work at Honolulu International Airport, where travellers can catch a glimpse of the new artwork. Hawaiian Airlines has announced it will begin flights to Narita International Airport starting on 22 July.

See video of the painting here.