It’s been a long time coming, but I began a visual travel diary. I went to Hawai’i for a friend’s wedding and had plenty of downtime and the luxury of penciling in, painting later, and/or returning the next day if I needed to. It was a satisfying first attempt and I’m keeping the new little notebook just for trips.

The Bishop Museum was a splendid gem: Victorian era construction meets modern Polynesian exhibits. These are Kahili – banners of chiefs akin to cloth standards emblazoned with house sigils, except wrought of exquisite feathers atop spears 15-20 feet tall. All of these belonged to Queen Emma.

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The sounding of the drums

The sacred Dawn

The sea bringing abundance, sounds!

The Dawn from its pit,

Is ascending!

And, here would be the tiki-type drums. And plants from outside.

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These bronze statues line Waikiki beach.


Yes, I paid to go to the planetarium show and got lucky – I learned that at around 7:45 the new moon (on its back because of proximity to the Equator) would be aligned with Mars and Venus. The planetarium guy was the type of dorky star nerd that relished having to squeeze in an impromptu show because of the high volume rainy-day attendance. He pitched his alternating Saturday live music and planetarium show “Stars and Guitars” where he navigates the skies and plays for guests. My longtime appreciation of Jack Horkheimer, Star Hustler of PBS and membership in local astronomy clubs prepared me to enjoy the goofy enthusiasm.

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I colored the pool tubes in with my water brush pens at Starbucks: they have finally ditched Tazo tea in favor of Teavanna, and it was a welcoming vantage point if you’re staying in a hostel and are a morning person. The surfboards and lifeguard hut were a challenge for me: I avoid perspective and linear complexity, but set a time limit and feel happy with them. My next trip: faster, looser, and a higher volume of pages!

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