I recently had the opportunity to travel to the oldest of the main Hawaiian islands, Kauaʻi, and visit Lāwa`i Kai, also known as Allerton Garden. Having spent time at the Allerton Gardens in Monticello, IL, it was incredible to see and learn about this other magical place – where nature and human creativity come together.
1. Pineapple statue 2. Diana’s Fountain and reflection pool 3. Moreton Bay Figs (Ficus macrophylla) as seen in Jurassic Park 4. Bronze Mermaid 5.Buddha statue amid golden bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) 6. Rooster and rooster statues 7. Allerton residence featuring wraparound lanai
Allerton Garden is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), a not-for-profit institution dedicated to tropical plant research, conservation, and education. NTBG also sponsors the Breadfruit Institute, which promotes the use of breadfruit for food and reforestation.
hackerspaces, community-operated physical places where people share their interest in tinkering with technology, meet and work on their projects, and learn with each other, have been around many years. they emerge from and enable DIY culture. they have been growing in popularity for the past decade.
i was first introduced to makerspace at the CU fab lab, which offers open times as well as classes – and the nearby IDEA store is a great place to find materials. makerspaces in academic, school, and public libraries are growing rapidly too. ‘Iolani Sullivan Center is an awesome example.
here are a few makerspace sources to keep handy:
makerspaces align with the STEAM movement and with standards like NGSS – particularly the science and engineering dimension focused on engaging in practices to build, deepen, and apply knowledge.
sometimes making can even take place on the move. earlier this year, i had the opportunity to engage in some problem-based learning onboard the 42-foot research vessel, Kaholo. ahoy!
i had the opportunity to participate in a topics in dance course this spring. DNCE 459: The Art of Drag Performance, offered by UHM, was certainly one of the most interesting and fun courses i have ever attended.
we considered theory and history, delved into styles and approaches, created costumes and performed! our instructor was the always fabulous Cocoa Chandelier.
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the uhm department of art and art history is sponsoring wearable art in the commons gallery from march 29-april 8. it is a very eye-catching exhibit.
my tastes are biased – and so sheanae tam’s library catalog cards gown is my favorite…
…but all of the designs are really interesting and fun!
ART 336 Wearable Art—Body and Material Studio exploration of clothing as art form and the body as living armature and performance. Emphasis on development of concept, skill, collaborative and individual voice through material investigation, research, discussions, lectures, individual and group projects – with Madeleine Söder and students: Nicholas Bright, Ariel Del Rosario, Melissa Franklin, Cara Jean Kamehiro, Sarah Lambert, Sheanae Tam, Janet Tran, and Douglas Young
beautiful place, beautiful and talented youth @ berens river, manitoba