Pen & Ink Works

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!


Liliha Library Sketch Meet + Art Contest
December 8, 2012, 6:53 am
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  • Saturday, December 15th
  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Liliha Public Library, 1515 Liliha St
  • FREE


Bring your sketchbook and draw the day away alongside other passionate artists. Our Sketch Meets are free and open to all ages. We ask that children under 12 are accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Join the Facebook event page! (please note the change in time from our previous post)


Are you an anime artist in grades 6-12? Then be sure to enter your work in the Liliha Public Library’s 3rd Anime Art Contest! Prizes include an amazing spread of art supplies and software including a set of Copic Markers, Anime Debut Studio software, and a Bamboo digital pen tablet. First 100 entrants will receive a free manga instructional booklet. Deadline is December 31st Winners will be announced on January 12, 2013.

Anime Art Contest is sponsored by the Friends of Liliha Public Library, Hawaiian Graphics, Kawaii Kon, Oahu Anime Art Explorer,, Sakura of America and Smith MIcro, Software, Inc.

Rules for the Contest

• Entries must incorporate the theme: “Books: Imagination at Work.”

• *Entrants must be in grades 6 through 12.

• Entries must relate to anime, manga, or video games. Fan art of characters is ok, as well as submissions of your own original characters.

• Three (3) entries allowed per person.

• Entries must be suitable for all ages. Depictions of strong violence, nudity, drug/alcohol use, smoking, etc, will not be accepted as an entry for judging.

• Submissions may be hand-drawn or digital art, but must be submitted on a white, unlined 8 ½” x 11” paper.

• Artwork must be original. “Tracings” of other works are not acceptable.

• Digital media must be printed out.

• Tape completed entry form securely to the back of artwork. Contact Liliha Public Library for entry forms to the Anime Art Contest.

• Immediate family members of HSPLS staff and employees of HSPLS are not eligible.

• By submitting artwork to the contest, entrants agree that Liliha Public Library has the role right to reproduce the winning entry in any way it sees fit to promote Liliha Public Library.

• All submitted art work will be available for pick up at Liliha Public Library, February 4, 2013 and must be picked up by March 1st if the artist would like it back. No attempts will be made to remind the artist to pick up their work.

• Entries must be received by Thursday, December 31, 2012. Late entries will not be accepted.

For more information please call the library at (808) 587-7577.


A few Pen & Ink Works members have been hard at work creating a couple of new short stories for the upcoming issue of Hachi Maru Hachi, to be released at Kawaii Kon 2013 in March!  We finally have a preview of two of these stories below:


For all the latest info on Hachi Maru Hachi be sure to LIKE their offical Facebook page. Stay tuned for more updates!


It was a busy day at Windward Mall, so busy that at times it appeared the anime fans and cosplayers outnumbered the holiday shoppers!  Kawaii Kon put on a great array of entertainment and competitions with plenty of prizes to give away.  Pen & Ink Works hosted a drawing table right next to our friends at Comic Jam Hawaii, welcoming visitors of all ages to join us in drawing, drawing and more drawing!  Thank you to the amazing Kawaii Kon staff and gracious hosts Windward Mall for this (free) slice of an anime convention experience. Be sure to check out a few photos from the event below.

A Big Thank You
March 23, 2012, 9:17 am
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Hawaii’s annual anime convention and conference, Kawaii Kon 2012, has officially wrapped up and we’re slowly recovering from all the excitement of last weekend.  Pen & Ink Works was given our own table in the center concourse  courtesy of Kawaii Kon and we were able to talk with many interested artists who were interested in joining in on P&IW activities and goings on.  A few people even sat and drew with us, what a nice way to spend the afternoon!


Our group also sold quite a few copies of the Limited Edition Kawaii Kon Charity Calendar Project.  We’re still calculating the exact figures but it looks like we were able to raise a nice amount of money to donate to Shriners Hospital for Children Honolulu.  A big thank you to all who stopped by and picked up their poster.  Thank you for supporting not only Shriners but Kawaii Kon and the vibrant anime and manga art community found right here in Hawaii!

Thank you also to the participating artists: Karina Bailey, Rose Dela Cruz, Brady Evans, Hakai, Stephanie Koelkebeck, Stephanie Lau, Stephanie Leong, and Tara Tamayori

Finally, be sure to join us at our upcoming Sketch Meet on Saturday, March 31 from 2-5 pm at Ala Moana Shopping Center.  We’re meeting in front of Shirokiya by the entrance to Macy’s, mall level at 2 pm.  We’ll then walk over to Magic Island at the beach park across the street.  Come down, bring your sketchbook, and see what P&IW is all about!  We’ll be sitting on the grass so please bring a mat or towel if you’d like.  We hope to see you then!