Art-itectural Sketching

For the third year in a row, USk Oʻahu joined forces today with Honolulu’s AIA chapter to celebrate Architecture Month. After a friendly welcome by Mayumi (and little Mari), sketchers radiated from the AIA Honolulu Center for Architecture. Buildings along Fort Street Mall (including the popular C. Brewer building) were documented along with urban scenes, including the delivery of a fresh batch of biki bikes. The diversity of motivations and media invited lively discussion at our show-and-tell session, as well as browsing of sketch books in search of scenes captured last year from the same vantage point. Adding to the architectural theme of the event, Purnima treated us to an insightful overview of the history and architectural provenance of buildings in the area, before we wrapped up the morning with a raffle of sketching paraphernalia.

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

See you at our next event on May 6!


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Artitecture Month!

Don’t miss it – it’s artitecture month again!

An Evening at the Capitol

Last Friday evening, I visited the Hawaiʻi state capitol building to see the artwork on display in its hallways and the legislators’ offices. It was the tenth year of the Art at the Capitol event.

Flags were flown at half-staff, as recently retired U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka had died earlier that day.

Art at the Capitol

FYI: This Friday evening (April 6) is the 10th annual Art at the Capitol event!
For more information visit the following link:

Enjoy the local artwork on display, meet state legislators, and show your support for the arts in Hawaiʻi!

Akahele ʻike kaʻaahi

Our afternoon at the Hawaiian Railway Society in Kapolei started as forecasted: with lots of rain. Abundant shelter was provided though by the Society’s spacious workshop, which houses historic locomotives, cars, engines, and assorted parts of ongoing or future restoration projects. Steve, the operations manager, opened our event with an overview of the train yard and workshop, including historical background, before inviting us to explore and sketch to our hearts’ content. Sticking to script (i.e., weather forecast), the skies cleared at 2 p.m., well in time for our show-and-tell gathering among the old railway cars. Several of us could not resist the urge to learn more and boarded the 3 p.m. train to Kahe Point, complete with narration by the Society’s knowledgeable volunteers. Which is where we learned the Hawaiian words that originally adorned the signs at railroad crossings and feature as the title of this post: Watch out for the fire wagon!

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

See you at our next event on April 21!

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Get on the Train!

This Saturday’s event is at the Hawaiian Railway Society. An entire train yard and operating trains are waiting to be sketched!

March for Our Lives

This morning, crowds gathered for Honolulu’s March for Our Lives at the state capitol. I sketched some of the action.