I am desperate for some new jewelry! I have been downsizing for months, and my style has definitely evolved into “beachy” urban wear (what you get when you cross washington heights and Hawaii?) Good thing Art & Flea is happening this Thursday! (May 23) This month’s theme is Vintage +Flight—and the flyer encourages you to come in costume. That sounds like some GOOD fun!
Art & Flea (5/23 from 5pm-10pm) @ Fresh Cafe (831 Queen St.)
Every third Saturday, I visit the Honolulu Night Market to be INSPIRED. The pop-up shop concept feels light and playful. I really enjoy wandering through the different stands and experiencing what fellow Honolulu folk are creating. I always leave feeling wistful and ready to make some more art. In addition to inspiration, the HNL market offers the BEST LATE NIGHT SHOPPING. If you—like me—are a night owl, you will most definitely enjoy this! There’s also the bangin’ food trucks—my favorite is Momo Burger.
Don’t miss your chance to check it out this month:
Honolulu Night + Market/ Saturday May 18 @ Auhi Street from 6-11pm
When I was a teenager, Becks put out an ad with the tagline “Vives en ingles. Pero sientes en español.” (You live in English. But you feel in Spanish.) Underneath that tagline the ad also said “Así eres.” (That’s the way you are.) This was some amazing advertising! This ad captured the essence of growing up in Washington Heights, and being exposed to both Dominican and American culture. Now that I live in Hawaii, Washington Heights is 5,000 miles away—I feel really far from home but I carry it with me every where I go.
Today, I stumbled upon this gentleman who is a local Hawaiian guy who makes Latin food. My heart skipped a beat because it made me realize how much I am missing this. And so I decided that in this next season, I will be exploring the Dominican cuisine that I love, and diving into Latin American art/culture/music. I plan on crafting meals inspired by those made by my grandmother, mother, and aunties. Ultimately, I really do feel in Spanish, and I want that to seep out in the coming months. I can feel that good things are on the horizon. I love you for reading this little blog. <3 Take care.
There are only 12 more days left of school! Goodness, where did the time go? I am in denial. Lately, I have just been exploiting the joy capacity in each of my days. And my students have been a delight! I am content because they are creative and willing to give into any crazy idea I propose. This week: I decided we would upcycle Perrier bottles by spray painting them to make vases for Mother’s Day. Then, my assistant came up with this idea of newspaper flowers. Currently, we are on an upcycling kick because we have been learning a lot about sustainability and global warming—and the kids have suddenly become ambassadors for the planet!
My students blow my mind each day. They are strong communicators and great at collaborating. All their creative energy is making my days cheerful and bright. I just feel so honored and blessed to be able to experience it all. Outside of the interactions with my student, my job makes me feel anxious and uncertain. Teaching has always been like this bipolar boyfriend that has intense highs and extreme lows. For the next 12 days, I plan on LIVING FOR those highs. (Soon enough, the extreme lows will be a distant memory.)
Stay tuned for detailed posts about the fun crafts happening in my classroom this month! I hope you are staying inspired wherever you are. Take Care <3
I haven’t been to slam is so long! I am looking forward to hearing people pour their soul out and I am ready to be dazzled through wordplay and syntax. Last month, I missed the Slam Team competition—I kind of like summer because they seem more low key and experimental. I always leave slam feeling enthusiastic and motivated to keep calm and keep going. There’s something really beautiful about the sense of community fostered at Poetry Slams.
Cost is $3 before 8:30PM and $5 after. Get there early and grab a sandwich from Fresh (so good :)
The last Friday of the month is BUSY! I always try my best to make it to both of these events but sometimes it’s tough (especially if I invite folks to come along.) I am very excited about Eat the Street this month because the theme is bacon—how can that go wrong? I love street food, and the atmosphere at Eat the Street—it’s crowded and there’s great opportunities for people watching and bumping into people you haven’t seen in a while.
I am committed to make it to ARTafterDARK too. I love museums. I majored in History of Art in college, and I would spent HOURS ogling paintings, sketching, and just reflecting in museums. Art After Dark satisfies that part of me but it’s so much more grown up! There’s dancing, live music, cocktails, and art (of course.) I love wandering through those courtyards with a drink in hand and taking in whatever exhibit is going on.
Might be tough to make it to both, but definitely worth it!
Eat the Street/ Friday, April 26 4-9 PM @ 555 South Street in Kaka’ako
ARTafterDARK/ Friday, April 26 6-9 PM @ Honolulu Museum of Art