Architectural Month in April
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Free & Low-Cost Events Open to All

AIA Honolulu is celebrating its 13th Annual Architecture Month and we are pleased to offer free and low-cost activities for members and the public during the month of April.

These annual events got started to highlight the power of good design in making our communities better places to live, work and play and also generate a discussion of design in Hawaii. We hope by elevating awareness of architecture, you will be inspired by your surroundings on a daily basis.

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APRIL 2 - Free Architecture Month Kickoff with Design Presentations

Register Online! Please register for planning purposes. Walk-ins still welcome.

Food | Drinks | Live Music | Design Presentations

When:  Tuesday, April 2, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: Honolulu Biennial 2019 Hub (former Famous Footwear space); Ward Centre at Ward Village, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. @ Auahi Street

2019 means 20 x 19: To kick-off Architecture Month in Hawai`i, the AIA-Honolulu Film Committee is hosting the 20x19: 20 Slides/19 Seconds event featuring 8 presenters representing a diverse swath of Hawai`i’s architectural, cultural, art, fashion and journalism communities.

This event is open to the public and is sure to fill up fast so reserve your spot now.

Mahalo Kick-Off Event Sponsors!


APRIL 4 - Hawaii Public Radio Pledge Drive 8am-10am

Help support Quality Programming and the Arts in Hawaii

AIA Honolulu architects have participated in the Hawaii Public Radio pledge drive for many years and truly enjoy taking part in keeping quality programs and arts alive in Hawaii.  During our shift, AIA Honolulu architects answer the phones, take pledges and offer challenges.

Listen / Call / Donate April 4, 8am-10am

  • Step 1 - Tune in to HPR on 88.1 or 89.3 on your FM dial.
  • Step 2 - Call HPR at 944-8800 (KHPR) or 941-3689 (KIPO)
  • Step 3 - Make your pledge during the AIA Honolulu shift from 8am-10am
  • OR....Pledge online: Go to and click on Donate Now

APRIL 5 - Free Design "Firm Crawl" Open House

Register Online!  Register online to receive the Firm Crawl map of participating firms.

Learn more about architectural design, interior design, landscape design and meet the people shaping Hawaii’s built environment during this annual tradition that is open to the public. Visit numerous design firms in the downtown business district and Kaka’ako will open their doors to the public, inviting the community in to learn more about the projects that the firms are engaged in and the architects behind those designs.

When:   Friday, April 5, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where:  Various Downtown Honolulu Firms

APRIL 6: Park Clean up at Lo‘i Kalo Park

Register Online! Only for AIA Honolulu members (max 15 participants)

  • When: Saturday, April 6, 8am-12pm
  • Where: Lo‘i Kalo Park in Kalihi, 1243 Loi Kalo Pl. (behind Mexico restaurant)

AIA Honolulu members are welcome to join us as we beautify a local neighborhood park and reconnect with the ‘āina during this four-hour project.  Wear some old clothes, grab some work gloves, and roll up your sleeves to help Robert Silva and other stewards from the Kapālama community care for this small lo‘i in the center of Honolulu.  Space is limited to 15 members so be sure to reserve your spot today!  Aia ke ola I ka hana. 

APRIL 18 - Free Oahu Public Film Night - Made in Ilima

Register Online! Register online for planning purposes.

You are invited to watch a free film of interest to the design-minded.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion by AIA Honolulu member-architects on the issues that were raised by the filmmakers.

Film Title: Made in Ilima, a 2017 feature-length documentary film by MASS Design Group.

In the center of Equator Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ilima community remains one of the most isolated in the world. Join AIA Honolulu in a viewing of “Ilima,” an hour-long film documenting the endangered ecosystem of the Ilima, as development continues to outpace their humble lifestyles. The film will be followed by a lively panel discussion that will focus on parallels and similarities between Congo and Hawaii.

  • When:  Thursday, April 18, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Where: Center for Architecture, Honolulu

Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation at the door)

Mahalo Film Night Sponsors!

APRIL 20 - Architectural Walking Tour at Punahou School 

Register Online! Advanced reservations and payment required.

The public is invited to join in a Walking Tour, led by AIA member-architects – a rare opportunity to learn more about this Hawaii institution from a design perspective.

Docent-guided tours explore a general history of the historic Punahou campus, sharing stories and features of several buildings. Many of the docents have been involved in the planning and design of the campus, adding to their knowledge of the institution. Meanwhile, each tour focuses on Punahou’s sustainable initiatives and how the campus communities strive for the highest level of green design. Groups of 10 can learn more about this iconic institution during the walking tour that lasts about two hours.

When:   Saturday, April 20, 8am-12pm
Where:   Punahou School, 1601 Punahou St, meet in front of the Community Room at Omidyar K-1 Neighborhood
Cost:  $15/person supports AIA expenses. Advance payment and reservation required.

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APRIL 20 - Free Urban Sketchers Oahu at Punahou School

No RSVP Required! USk O‘ahu and AIA Honolulu Announce Free Sketch Event

  • When: Saturday, April 20, 10am-12pm (Show and Tell 11:30am)
  • Where: Punahou School Campus, 1601 Punahou St (Register at Dillingham Hall Lanai)

Sketchers of all skill levels, this is for you! AIA Honolulu teams up with Urban Sketchers Oahu to visit  Punahou School for a morning of sketching in any medium to chronicle this historic school. Urban Sketchers Oahu’s goal is to raise awareness, interest, and enthusiasm for sketching on location as a way to document local scenes, express oneself artistically, and make connections within and outside our community. Art is then shared online at the Urban Sketchers Oahu website via Flickr. 

APRIL 21: Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday - Build Your Own Tree House

No RSVP Required!  Join AIA Honolulu on Bank of Hawaii Sunday at the Spalding House during Architecture Month celebrating the Wild World. Children of all ages will be able to create and decorate their own tree house. There are no scales or boundaries! The activity introduces children to the architectural experience and their imagination is the limit.

  • When:  Sunday, April 21, 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • WhereThe Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Dr, Honolulu

We will provide the cardboard materials and supplies to build the tree and house. There will also be volunteers on hand to assist and talk about the field of architecture.  

APRIL 26: Free ASLA Film Night: Jens Jensen The Living Green

Film Title: Jens Jensen The Living Green

  • When:  Friday, April 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Where: Center for Architecture, 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 100, Honolulu

The Hawaii Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and AIA present award-winning film: Jens Jensen The Living Green, a biographic documentary of the man named “the dean of landscape architects” by the New York Times in the late 1880s for his forward-thinking work in Chicago, at that time the fastest-growing city in human history and considered the worst place on earth to live.  Jensen's parks were designed to be naturalistic play spaces for adults and children, most of whom lived in destitute squalor.  

APRIL 27 - Architectural Photography Workshop

Register Online!

Includes light refreshments upon arrival, followed by a pre-photo shoot lecture on composition, strategies and techniques. The group will then embark on a three-hour photo shoot in the greater downtown Honolulu area. Following this, attendees will participate in a three-hour critique session with editing examples in the Lightroom software that provides each participant with the opportunity to share selected images and receive professional advice on photography techniques and strategies, image editing in Lightroom and image composition.  Participants will receive one 16x20 image printed and mounted by Honblue, Inc.7  

Ideally required:  Digital Camera, laptop to download and review images, thumb drive to transfer images to CFA server. Lunch is not included.

When:  Saturday, April 27, 8am-4pm
Where: Center for Architecture, 828 Fort Street Mall, Ste. 100, Honolulu

Cost: $75 AIA Members, $105 Non-Members & $55 Students, includes light refreshments. Session limited to 20 participants.


APRIL 4 & 11: Free Public Film Nights - Made in Ilima

No RSVP Required! To celebrate April as Architecture Month across the state, the Hawaii Island Section of AIA Honolulu invites the public to join them in a free architectural related film. 

Film Title: Made in Ilima, a 2017 feature-length documentary film by MASS Design Group.

In the center of Equator Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ilima community remains one of the most isolated in the world. Join AIA Honolulu in a viewing of “Ilima,” an hour-long film documenting the endangered ecosystem of the Ilima, as development continues to outpace their humble lifestyles.


    • Waimea: Thursday, April 4, 5:30pm: W.M. Keck Observatory Headquarters, Hualalai Learning Theater, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743
    • Kona: Thursday, April 11, 6pm: Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa

    April 13: Kona Young Architects Workshop "Imagining Paper Architecture"

    Contact Donkeymill Art Center to Pre-Register!  Students will work with architecture and art mentors to design and then construct a model of an imaginary world.  Students will learn design, model building, and documentation techniques.  Students should bring:  Lunch, water bottle, notebook & pens, camera device if they want to take home pictures of their creation.  DMAC & Architects will provide:  Paper, cutting tools, paint, tape.

    When:  Saturday, April 13, 10am-2:00pm (with lunch break)
    Where: Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa, HI 96725
    Level: Grades 6 - 12
    Tuition: $10 per participant (limited to 15 participants).

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