Washington Place Extravaganza: ʻAha Mele

Our year-end event at Washington Place, the long-time home of Queen Lili‘uokalani, offered the same wonderful blend of Hawai‘ian history and gorgeous ambience that we enjoyed before at Queen Emma Summer Palace and ‘Iolani Palace. Many of us treated themselves to a tour of the mansion, which features original pieces of furniture (among them a custom-built koa piano)  and other artifacts that proved to be irresistible sketching targets. (Special thanks to the staff, including the knowledgeable docents, for indulging us as we occupied particularly scenic locations for quite some time).

Other attractions included a series of delightful musical performances on the lanai, and an appearance of Governor Ige (the First Lady co-hosted ‘Aha Mele together with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority) who like his predecessors, frequently holds receptions for dignitaries here. Befitting the occasion, the weather was glorious. As always, our post-sketching get-together gave us an opportunity to share not only our artwork, but also our impressions of the day and best wishes for the holidays.

Thanks to the USkO ‘ohana for another great year of sketching, and a Happy New Year to all!

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

See you at our next event in January!

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