With our fifth anniversary just around the corner, we thought it fitting to go back to basics! After all, urban sketching is meant to take place at any place or time! This month’s event location was not chosen for its particularly alluring features; it has no sweeping views of a beach and is not associated with a festival. It is simply a street corner in Honolulu. Let’s try our hand at urban sketching in its purest form!
Gripping performances of hula kāhiko took centerstage today at the morning session of the 42nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, held again this year at ‘Iolani Palace. Hālau hula featuring accomplished dancers of all ages were celebrated by a receptive audience, which included a dozen sketchers who often felt overwhelmed by the fast-moving and large ensembles (at one point close to 40 performers were on stage). We strived nonetheless to capture the spirit of the day, from the elegant and expressive flow of dance movements to architecture, flora, and fauna of the surroundings. Even a disruptive helicopter that forced the program to pause twice, as it noisily moved material at a nearby highrise construction site, could not distract from a fantastic morning of Hawaiian culture.
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!
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.
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.