pumpkin with carving of a centaur with a bow and arrow
(Photo credit: AIAS)
pumpkin with carving of medusa
(Photo credit: AIAS)

On October 18, members of the American Institute of Architecture Students invited University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students, faculty, staff and the community to join in the Halloween fun at their annual Pumpkin Esquisse (a French word meaning a rough or preliminary sketch). The pumpkins, donated by Sea Life Park, were carved into gods, goddesses and mythical beasts to fit this year’s theme, “Greek mythology.”

This festive event gave the students a break from the stress of midterms as they carved pumpkins and put on costumes in the spirit of Halloween.

“In our studios, we focus a lot on design and creativity, but we still keep it practical,” says Jessa Dela Cruz, a student organizer for the event. “With the pumpkins, we get to be as creative as possible and not focus so much on building aspects. We just get to design what we feel like. For some of us, this is a chance to show our artistic side.”

group photo of students
Students who took part in the 2019 Pumpkin Esquisse. (Photo credit: AIAS)