Punahou’s Middle Field

April 2019 was our fourth year of collaborating with AIA during Architecture Month, and today’s event (at Punahou School’s Middle Field) was as enjoyable as before. Observing the weather earlier in the day, we were wondering if we would get washed away, but the skies cleared in time. AIA representative and long-time USkO sketcher Mayumi started us off with a brief overview of the history and architecture visible from our venue – also passing around an old map of campus – before we dispersed to sketch. Dillingham Hall (where hundreds of student dancers performed in elaborate costumes this morning), Castle Hall (scheduled to be demolished soon), a lively softball game (Punahou played Kamehameha), and several other sights on campus made appearances in our sketches. Show and tell was a great opportunity to get to know our fellow sketchers, whose styles were as wonderfully diverse as their backgrounds (including architects, planners, writers, editors, and scientists), and several of whom shared their personal connections to and memories of Punahou.

We ended the event with a giveaway of sketch supplies kindly and generously provided by
Hawaiian Graphics and AIA.

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

See you at our next event on May 4!

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AIA and USkO team up again!

Architecture month has arrived – we hope you will join us for our aptly-themed sketch event at Punahou on April 20!

Don’t forget to register for the campus architecture tour ($15) by April 12 (this Friday) – contact Camilla (camilla@aiahonolulu.org) to secure a spot!

On a related note, I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed with AIA representative Jacy Youn about Architecture Month on Hawaii News Now. Below is a photo of me sitting on the set of the Sunrise show just after our segment. As you can see, I am still in shock from being on TV with
Guy Hagi!


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!

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

Wrapping Up Architecture Month

The venue for our second April event was one of downtown Honolulu’s historic landmarks, the Dillingham Transportation Building. Undoubtedly as the result of a flash flood warning just an hour prior, turnout was on the low side. Those who attended were treated to perfectly dry conditions though, in a lovely setting. We sketched the surrounding high-rises (of which there was no shortage), searched (under Mayumi’s guidance) for nautical elements and other architectural Easter eggs in the Dillingham Transportation Building, shared our sketches (some exhibiting new approaches and tools), and chatted into the evening.

Thanks to Mayumi and AIA Honolulu for including us in their April calendar of events! We hope to be part of Architecture Month 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 6 at the Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival!

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April ain’t over yet!

Architecture month is still in full swing. Don’t miss this month’s events and don’t forget about our second sketch outing (a collaboration with AIA’s Honolulu chapter) on April 28!


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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