• The Arts at Mark's Garage (map)
  • 1159 Nuuanu Ave
  • Honolulu, HI, 96817
  • United States

Since 2005, we have facilitated a FREE Wednesday Writing Workshop at the Arts at Marks Garage (1159 Nu'uanu Ave) in Honolulu's historic Chinatown. The workshop is from 4:30pm-6:00 and attracts students from all over the island. This is the longest running writing workshop on the island of O'ahu. The workshop is a safe environment for writers and performers of all levels to develop their voice and their craft. Facilitated by a rotation of amazing local and international facilitators, these workshops encourage high-level critical conversations, push the aesthetic of spoken arts and form a strong youth literary community. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate.

Facilitated by Sterling Higa

Sterling Higa is a spoken word poet, hip-hop artist and educator. He has represented Hawai'i at nine national slam poetry competitions at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. He was the HawaiiSlam state champion in 2010 and the first poet to represent Hawai’i at both youth and adult competition in a single summer. He has performed and facilitated workshops across the country and at dozens of Hawai’i schools. As Punahou Lincoln-Douglas debate coach, Sterling helped crown three state champions. Currently, he teaches poetry at 'Iolani School and Kawananakoa Middle School, and serves as Program Director of Youth Speaks Hawai’i, a program of Honolulu based nonprofit Pacific Tongues. Sterling earned his bachelor’s degree in Communicology with a minor in English from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in December 2013. In the fall, he will be an Ed.M. candidate in the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.