Pen & Ink Works

Oni-Con Hawaii!
October 26, 2013, 12:48 am
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Oni-Con Hawaii

Hawaii’s newest Japanese pop culture convention Oni-Con is set to happen the first weekend in November, Friday-Sunday Nov 1-3.  Oni-Con features the latest in Japanese music, cosplay, anime goods, fashion and more.  Pen & Ink Works along with Hachi Maru Hachi Manga & Short Story Anthology will set up shop in the Artist Alley with a new array of art prints to sell alongside Vols 1 + 2 of HMH’s anthology.  Attention freebie collectors!  Grab an HMH bookmark, choose from one of four designs!

To satisfy your drawing fix stop by our booth and participate in our Infini-Koma or Infinity Panel Manga activity by filling in the gaps from a work-in-progress manga with your own story.  We provide the paper and pencils!  Check out what else will be going on.

Manga Exhibition Announcement!
August 10, 2013, 10:58 pm
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Roy Chang "Cacy & Kiara and the Curse of the Ki‘i" (detail)

Roy Chang
“Cacy & Kiara and the Curse of the Ki‘i” (detail)

Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i

  • Sep 6- Oct 2, 2013
  • Gallery ‘Iolani, Windward Community College
    45-720 Kea‘ahala Rd.
    Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i 96744
  • Gallery Hours: 1-8pm Mon, Tue/ 1-5pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun (closed Sat)


Gallery ‘Iolani presents Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i.  This exhibition brings together Hawai‘i based artists and writers who use manga to explore their cross-cultural experiences—telling stories that examine the history and cultures of Hawai‘i.

The exhibition includes an overview of manga’s origins in Japanese art history including reproductions of scrolls and books that serve to influence the creative imagery of today’s manga being created in Hawai‘i. See original hand-drawn artwork by these Hawai‘i-based artists and learn about their art and storytelling techniques!  Displayed as a part of the exhibition and drawn just for this exhibit is a manga that chronicles its history and development into a worldwide phenomenon.

The featured works are:

In addition to the Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i exhibition, special FREE public programs are scheduled as follows:

  • Curator’s Walk-Through and Artist Talks on Sundays, September 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 2 – 4 pm
  • Windward Ho‘olaule‘a on the campus grounds, on Saturday, September 28, 10am – 5pm Gallery ‘Iolani open to the public.  Manga printmaking workshop by the Honolulu Printmakers, noon – 2pm in front of the gallery
  • Make Manga Art Activity Room open daily in the gallery
  • Free brochure handout with essays on manga art and its development in Hawai‘i

This project is supported in part by grants from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


Summer of Sketching


  • Sun, July 14, 2-3:30pm
  • Kaimuki Public Library, 1041 Koko Head Ave.
  • FREE
The Hachi-Maru-Hachi crew.

Three members of the Hachi-Maru-Hachi crew.

Join us for our first Sketch-Meet of the summer at the Kaimuki Public Library! We’ll start off with a presentation by Hachi-Maru-Hachi, Hawaii’s own manga and short story anthology, including some tips on putting together a manga of your own!  Next, try drawing it  yourself, we’ll provide the paper and pencils, you bring the ideas. We ask that children under 12 are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Copies of the latest volume of Hachi-Maru-Hachi will be available for purchase with a portion of  the sales to benefit the Friends of the Kaimuki Public Library.


  • Sun, July 21, 10am-4pm
  • Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Dr.
  • FREE
Spend the day in beautiful Makiki Heights

Spend an art-filled day in Makiki Heights.

ArtSpree is an annual one-day arts festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House in scenic Makiki Heights. Now in its 20th year this FREE family-friendly event is filled with art projects, musical acts, and of course great food!

Pen & Ink Works made its debut two years ago at this very event! While we won’t officially be participating, a few members will be helping at the various art-making booths including face painting, clay sculptures and the crowd favorite, the rubber band-jo!

Getting to ArtSpree is easy. Visitors park at Punahou Schools and take a free shuttle up to Makiki Heights. Parking or drop-off is not allowed at the museum. For more information please visit the event website.


Sketch Meet re-boot!
April 27, 2013, 6:28 am
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  • Sat, May 4th, 11:15am-1pm
  • McCully-Moiliili Public Library, 2211 S King St.
  • FREE

After a short hiatus our sketch meets are making a comeback, this time to the McCully-Moiliili Public Library (the site of last September’s Mini-Con). We’re joined by Hachi-Maru-Hachi Manga and Short Story Anthology magazine featuring original manga by local artists.  We will start things off with a demonstration and discussion on how the manga in Hachi-Maru-Hachi was created and continue the festivities with how-to manga drawing activities and collaborative games.  Interested in drawing manga of your own?  Don’t be shy, come talk to us and we can help you out with the process!

Come early at 10:30am to hear a talk by comic artist Ray Friesen, author of such playful titles as “A Cheese Related Mishap,” “Cupcakes of Doom,” and his newest release “Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken.”


  • Sun, May 5+19, 1-4pm
  • Pearlridge Shopping Center, 98-1005 Moanalua Rd.
  • FREE

Looking to continue your creative streak throughout the weekend? Our friends at Comic Jam Hawaii are always looking for new artists to jam with. Join them on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in May at Pearlridge Shopping Center!

Comic Jam Hawaii is a social get-together of local artists: professional, aspiring, and hobbyist who do collaborative cartoons, illustrations, and sketches while talking story. All abilities levels are welcome, all they ask is for participants to have fun and join in where they’re comfortable. Group drawings are collected at the end of each session and scanned into their Facebook group page.


Post Kawaii Kon Review


A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth in the Artist Alley at Kawaii Kon last weekend.  It was great to be able to sit and chat with so many Kon-goers and we hope all those interested will join us at our upcoming events and workshops!  We would also like to extend our thanks to everyone who purchased our Charity Calendar!  Please stay tuned for an announcement on how much we were able to raise! In the mean time please check out a few photos from the Konvention below.

Just a friendly reminder to join us at our Manga Character Design Workshop run by Tara Tamayori across two sessions on Sundays April 7 + 14 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  Class fees are $15 per session and are payable at the workshop with all proceeds to benefit the HMA School. More information can be found on our previous post and the Honolulu Museum of Art website. If you have any questions or would like to be placed on our waiting list please contact us at Be sure to bring your sketchbook!

Counting Down to Kawaii Kon 2013
March 2, 2013, 10:09 pm
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  • Fri-Sun, March 15-17th
  • Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave
  • Register online


KK13Calendar_PreviewTHUMBKawaii Kon is Hawaii’s premiere anime convention and conference and will be celebrating it’s 9th year in just a couple of weeks. Pen & Ink Works will be located in the Artist Alley at table #66. We are proud to announce the return of our Charity Calendar Project with a line up of Hawaii’s hottest up-and-coming anime artists, Karina Bailey, Rose Dela Cruz, Brady Evans, Katie, and Siena Kubo. Calendars are 11×17″ posters and will sell for $5. All profits will be donated to Shriners Hospital for Children Honolulu.

About Kawaii Kon:
Through cooperation with the community, Kawaii Kon hopes to facilitate growth of the anime, manga and related industries in Hawaii and beyond. In addition to providing a central event for fans and enthusiasts, Kawaii Kon seeks to become a vehicle for sharing and disseminating industry information. Kawaii Kon also provides the community and related industries the opportunity to network and conduct business.


HMH_cover_previewTHUMBHawaii’s very own manga and short story anthology Hachi-Maru-Hachi is back with three exciting manga stories! The comical tale of a Hawk and his motley crew continues as they search for the origin of a bizarre and unruly sword in Eternal Blade. A troubled woman seeks the help of a local priest who explains that her haunting dreams are more than the first appear in Sleep. In a world where the creative rule, a successful young composer comes face-to-face with the greatest invention of them all and also his greatest nightmare in When the Music Stops.

Hachi-Maru-Hachi volume 2 will be available at Artist Alley tables #71 and #72  (listed under “Nippon Addiction.”)  Purchase online.

Click here to view a map of the Artist Alley.



  • Sun, April 7 & 14
  • Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria St
  • 1-4pm
  • $15 each session


Develop your own manga character using the fundamentals of human anatomy and character design. Learn what it means to break the rules of drawing to discover your personal working style. For ages 12 and up, bring your sketchbook. No pre-registration; pay instructor at each session. Email for more info or to be placed on the waiting list.

A Brief Hiatus…
January 4, 2013, 8:10 pm
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It’s truly been a wonderful and incredibly active year for us. Thank you so much for being a part of our ohana, here’s to getting even more people to get down and draw in 2013!

P&IW Members

P&IW members (L-R) Stephanie Koelkebeck, Tara Tamayori, and Rose DelaCruz

We will be taking a short break from Sketch-Meets over the next few months as we prepare for Hawaii’s biggest anime and manga event of the year, the Kawaii Kon on March 15-17 (Fri-Sun) at the Hawaii Convention Center.  You will find Pen & Ink Works in the Artist Alley selling member artwork and handing out information to any and all interested artists.  Due to the amazing support we received in 2012, we will be bringing back the Kawaii Kon Charity Calendar Project, featuring several of Hawaii’s hottest anime and manga artists.  Our 2012 calendar raised over $350 for Shriners Hospital of Honolulu and we hope to sell even more this year!

Kawaii Kon is a three day anime convention and conference dedicated to creating a broader awareness of, and appreciation for Japanese animation by celebrating the richness of the artform.  For more information or to purchase your tickets to Kawaii Kon please visit their website.


  • Sunday, January 6th
  • 1-4 pm
  • Pearlridge Shopping Center, 98-1005 Moanalua Rd. (Center Court Downdown, near Seattle’s Best)
  • FREE
Comic Jam Hawaii

Collaborative work by Chun Yee, Scott Shinsato, Roy Chang and Jon J Murakami.

Pen & Ink Works may be on a short hiatus but that’s no excuse not to get your draw on!  Our friends over at Comic Jam Hawaii are as active as ever and always on the look out for newcomers to jam with.

Comic Jam Hawaii is a social get-together of local artists: professional, aspiring, and hobbyist who do collaborative cartoons, illustrations, and sketches while talking story. All abilities levels are welcome, all they ask is for participants to have fun and join in where they’re comfortable. Group drawings are collected at the end of each session and scanned into our Facebook Group page.  Meeting dates are the 1st and 3rd Sundays 1-4pm at Pearlridge Shopping Center.

Join the Facebook event page!

Saturday, December 15, 2012. Lots of drawing and smiley faces, always a great combination!