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Celebrate Architecture Month in April with These Free Honolulu Events

Sign up for a one-time walking tour, a special photography workshop and a free behind-the-scenes look at the world of local architecture.


Architecture tour

Photo: Courtesy of Peter Vincent Architects


Every April for the past 11 years, AIA Honolulu (the American Institute of Architects) has celebrated the history and evolution of architecture in the Islands with tours and free events that highlight the power of good design. This year’s lineup includes the popular architectural firm crawl on Friday, April 6, an open house to about 10 local architecture businesses, including Architects Hawai‘i, Urban Works, Ferraro Choi and Clifford Planning & Architecture.  Saturday, April 7, David Franzen, known for his architectural photographs,  will teach an all-day workshop designed to teach others how to capture the spirit of a place. Registration ranges from $55 for students to $105 for general registration, but it includes a professional print of your photograph, which will be displayed at the Center for Architecture.


Architecture tour

Photo: Courtesy of AIA Honolulu


Families can also spend Sunday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Honolulu Museum of Art for free. AIA Honolulu will host a booth with architecture-related activities for kids. Other events throughout April include film nights, a lecture series at UH Mānoa and an arts ball, as well as other activities on the neighbor islands.


The festivities culminate with the nonprofit’s annual neighborhood walking tour, which changes locations each year. (Past neighborhood tours include Chinatown, Waikīkī and UH Mānoa). This year’s walking tour on Saturday, April 28, will center on the history and future of the Kaka‘ako and Ward Village area. The tour requires pre-registration and costs $15 per person. (AIA Honolulu also offers regular historic downtown walking tours twice a month on Saturdays.)


Architecture tour

Photo: Lisa Delong


“Typically, in the architecture world in the United States, it’s usually Architecture Week. But here in Hawai‘i, we have a lot of tourists and a local community that is relatively compact,” says Joe Ferraro, AIA Honolulu incoming president, who heads the Architecture Month committees. “We’ve always thought let’s do a whole month of it. We can give so much more to our community.”


For more information, visit aiahonolulu.org.




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