Architecture Month!

Using the AIA Center for Architecture as our base, 30 sketchers (our biggest turnout so far) fanned out to explore the neighboring streets of downtown Honolulu. The view of picturesque Aloha Tower proved too much to resist for many of us, but the intricate details of building facades, gates, and doors, as well as the many shrubs, trees, and planters in the area all received due attention too. And who knew there was a cannon nearby!

To add an educational element to the sensory experience, Mayumi treated us to an overview of the architecture and history of some of the prominent buildings on and around Fort Street Mall. Hands up: who knew about the Russian fort (and later prison) that lends Fort St. Mall its name?

Show-and-tell was stunning in the wonderful setting of the AIA Honolulu headquarters, which also provided a great environment to mingle afterwards and talk about upcoming opportunities and events during Architecture Month.

We closed out the day with a raffle and our usual celebratory group photo (fitting everyone in the frame proved challenging).

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

See you at our next event on April 28 at the Dillingham Transportation Building!

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