By the Tracks

The futuristic, driverless light-rail car we toured today stood in stark contrast to the narrow-gauge trains we visited and sketched in our event of April 2018 at the Hawaiian Railway Society! Instead of sugar cane and cattle, it is now commuters (up to 800 per train) that will travel along the Ewa plains. Introducing us to this totally novel mode of transportation (for the islands), the friendly and knowledgeable staff from HART (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation) and Hitachi (the train manufacturer) went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and left no questions unanswered at this morning’s “community train day”. The HART facilities next to Leeward Community College were open to the public, who could learn about the project’s status and experience firsthand one of the rainbow-adorned railcars. We sketched all aspects of it, including the wheel mechanism, interior (sporting bicycle and surfboard racks!), and sleek exterior. Sheltered in a tent kindly set up for us by HART, show-and-tell featured challenging perspectives, a certain sketch-worthy, mustachioed participant, and – for once – no chickens, cats, or birds.

Thank you, Lena Kamae, for hosting us!

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Make sure to stay tuned for our next event!

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Event Tomorrow!

We hope that you will join us to sketch the rail tomorrow morning!
Here is the link to our flyer (map included).

In case you are not able to find us, give us a call.


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Need to scratch that sketch​ ​itch?

For those interested, we were alerted (thank you, Mike​!​) that the first bon dance of the season will be held on the evening of June 1st at Hawaii Plantation Village in Waipahu. Sounds like a fun time for anyone who needs their sketching “fix” prior to our June 22 event with the Hawaii Authority for Rapid Transportation.


Singing – erm – sketching in the rain!

Despite a somewhat rainy morning, a few of us (thank you Bill and Terri for braving the outdoors) gathered to sketch the Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival today! From the Mayor’s Office of Culture and Arts building, we captured views of vendor tents and downtown scenery. Also, for our airplane enthusiasts, we were treated to a close look at commercial jets following their Kona-wind landing pattern. The location provided us with shelter and featured delightful architectural details to draw – what a perfect segue from last month’s activities with the American Institute of Architects!

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Make sure to stay tuned for our next event!

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Event Update – See you soon!

Looks rainy this morning. There is shelter at the Mayor’s Office of Culture and Arts (the Mission Memorial Museum Auditorium). See you all at the new location soon!


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