Books, Bugs, and Breezes

Today’s sketch event at the Hawaiʻi State Public Library offered perfect conditions on the library lawn (for those who do not mind a bug or two), enticing sketch subjects in all directions, and comfortable seating in the air-conditioned interior (for those who do mind a bug or two). Show-and-tell provided a wonderful display of different approaches to sketching the most tempting view – the front facade – but also an array of vignettes. It was lovely to see several new faces today, as well as many returners and USkO regulars.

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

Stay tuned for our next event on July 15 – to be announced soon!

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Hōkūleʻa Returns to Hawaiʻi!

This past weekend, the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa returned from her three-year-long expedition around the world. For the entire journey, non-instrument wayfinding based on Pacific traditions was the sole means of navigation. Of course I had to be there to see her arrival at Magic Island (Honolulu) on Saturday morning – an experience of a lifetime! On Tuesday, she was docked behind the convention center for public tours, giving me a second opportunity for a closer look and even a brief visit on board.

Mahalo to the crew members (Kalei, Kaniela, Hina, Kula, Kaipo, Rex, Brad, and Kawai) for indulging my many questions and allowing me to sketch the Hōkūleʻa up close!

A few weeks prior, I also attended a presentation at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa about the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage given by master navigator Bruce Blankenfeld and crew member Haunani Kane.

What an amazing voyage – congratulations to all who were involved!

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Pods, Pumps, and Pools

Archie Baker Park in Makiki may appear unassuming but yesterday magnificently illustrated the Urban Sketcher credo: to the curious eye, worthy sketching targets will reveal themselves everywhere. At Archie Baker Park, many of us found themselves enthralled by the most enormous Earpod tree (a designated Hawaiʻi Exceptional Tree) at the makai end of the park, but the pumping station and water tank at the other end were featured in several sketches too, as were many of the charming residential dwellings in the neighborhood. Following in Mayumi’s footsteps, Sebastian presented a brief architectural and historical overview (Archie Baker served the Board of Water Supply for 46 years) that had us wishing the wading pool in front of the pumping station (a deliberate adornment added by architect Hart Wood) was still around. Show-and-tell proved as inspiring as ever, offering a wide range of media, styles, and subjects. And the weather was perfect too –– what more could one ask for?

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

Stay tuned for our next event in June… to be announced soon!

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Reads, Rides, and Rhythms

The Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival served up a veritable party yesterday, with public readings, delightful music, panel discussions, bouncing castles, and lots of good food. Oh, and books of course! Trees seemed to have been the theme of the day among sketchers, with many of us trying to find the right balance between large-scale appearance and detail. Or, as Keith put it: “isolate shapes”. After show-and-tell, the nearby book swap tent proved irresistible, adding a literary dessert to our sketching main course. An event we will make sure to attend again next year!

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

See you at our next event on May ​20​ at Archie Baker Park!​

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For a detailed layout of ​the ​Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival click here.