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Arctic Sunrise in Hawaiʻi

After passing through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and collecting several tons of garbage off the shores of Kahoʻolawe (an island in the Hawaiian archipelago), Greenpeace’s very own icebreaker, Arctic Sunrise, docked near Aloha Tower in Honolulu as part of their tour around the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness of plastic pollution. During its two weekends in Honolulu (separated by a weekend in Kahului, Maui), Arctic Sunrise was toured by some 3000 visitors.

This morning, we were greeted by Lisa who gave us a fantastic tour of the ship from bow to stern. While stopping by the bridge, in the atrium, and on the helipad, we learned about the history of the ship, the challenges of sailing on an icebreaker (no keel!) across the Pacific, and Greenpeace’s mission. Sketchers then spread out across the ship and dock to find suitable vantage points on the busy and space-efficient ship. Greenpeace’s iconic rainbow and dove (both painted on the Arctic Sunrise‘s hull), cranes and boats secured on deck, ropes, and the crow’s nest towering above were all featured in our sketches at show-and-tell.

Thank you to Alice, Lisa, John, and Yeonsik for your hospitality and tireless work for our environment!

On a side note, one of our sketchers gave their drawing to a crew member who will find a place for it on the ship.

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

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Thomas Square 2018

Today’s sketch event at the “new” Thomas Square gave us an opportunity to examine and document the changes made during the controversial two-year renovation. From vantage points shaded by the large trees many of us made the newly erected 12-foot statue of Kamehameha III the centerpiece of our sketches, but views of Blaisdell Concert Hall and close-up looks at the web of trunks and aerial roots of the giant banyan trees at the square’s center were popular too. The presence of many new sketchers made both our show-and-tell session and the post-event socializing particularly diverse and inspiring, as we talked about our work, approaches to sketching, and current or upcoming events.

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

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Shelter!

Joey Valenti, who launched the Albizia Project as part of his dissertation at UH Mānoa’s School of Architecture, kindly joined us at our sketching event today to tell us about the project’s origins and the latest developments. We assembled right next to Lika, the gorgeous albizia-shelter prototype at the entrance to UH Mānoa on Campus Road. Joey shared his plans to move from feasibility study to serial production of a simplified model, use of local resources, and the challenges the project still faces. (Thank you, Joey!)

As it turned out, our main challenge during the following sketching session was… shelter! Persistent rain saw sketchers shift around to find a dry spot without losing sight of Lika which, alas, remains roped off. Fortunately the skies cleared soon enough, allowing us to circle our target again in search of different views of Lika’s elegant curves and smart design. Show and tell revealed strikingly similar angles nonetheless – evidence of us having huddled under the same tree for quite a while!

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

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