This is one of the few old style homes that sit at the base of Diamond Head along with upscale mansions that have replaced most of the others. These places catch my eye and today I had my sketchbook to record it.
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A small part of an architecturally detailed famous old building still standing in Honolulu’s Chinatown. I did have a lunch here 20 years ago, but am not sure it is still a restaurant, especially in this economy. Saturdays in Chinatown are just bustling with people doing their food shopping for the week and it was very difficult to find a place out of the way and with some kind of interesting view to sketch.
This is a slice of life in Waikiki this morning. I assume these are the Star Beachboys of days gone by. I colored this at home with acrylic paints.
These funky homes and cottages of old Honolulu are nearly gone and I like to draw some of my all-time favorites. In spite of how presentable my sketch made it look, this place has a charm all its own, with whirygigs and other paraphernalia cluttering up the place, but giving the house a wonderful character. I was delighted to find it still standing when I came to sketch it this morning. The street name “Tusitala” means “story teller” in Samoan. Robert Lewis Stevenson adopted this as his local name when he spent time here in Honolulu.
Some pretty Japanese maple leaves I picked up from the Kyoto Botanical Garden and glued into my Moleskine travel journal. So far the color has stayed pretty well.