Hawaii is the subject of Joann Sfar's latest travel notebook. See Sfar's scratchy ink scribbles and watercolor daubs are applied to the Hawaiian Islands and culture!
Both a diary and sketchbook, there are pages of Sfar's handwritten text intermingled with his ink and watercolor sketches of himself, his partner Louise, and their encounters, as well as the more traditional travel sketchbook content of the locale, flora and fauna.
From the publisher:
For the purposes of filming Hawaii, the soul of the ukulele, Joann Sfar was invited by Arte to travel around the Hawaiian archipelago in search of the ukulele of his dreams, for three weeks. On the beaches of Honolulu, in a Big Island ranch or with emblematic figures of the ukulele, he deconstructs his clichés on Hawaiian culture and transcribes his impressions, his anecdotes, his meetings in his precious Sennelier notebooks. With his legendary humor and his inimitable watercolor drawings, Joann Sfar tells us about his adventures and his discoveries. From beaches filled with surfers and palm trees, to the musical culture deeply rooted in the island, to local cowboys and Japanese tourists, this book is the facsimile of his travel diaries.
About the film, Hawaii, soul of the ukulele:
Author of The Rabbi's Cat, Joann Sfar has had a passion for the Ukulele for more than 15 years. A fan of Hawaiian music and Tiki culture, he has however never been to Hawaii. Today, he flies to this island of the antipodes to discover the motherland of this mythical instrument.
His goal is to meet, throughout the archipelago, those who make and play this small guitar with a fascinating history. An instrument charged with the famous Hawaiian spirit of Aloha. Hospitality, joy, love, respect for others, Aloha is lived and felt everywhere in Hawaii. This is what Joann, brushes in hand, will discover through his encounters with musicians, dancers, activists and artisans.
Pour les besoins du tournage de Hawaï, l'âme du ukulélé, Joann Sfar a été invité par Arte à sillonner l'archipel d'Hawaï à la recherche du ukulélé de ses rêves, pendant trois semaines. Sur les plages d'Honolulu, dans un ranch de Big Island ou auprès de figures emblématiques du ukulélé, il déconstruit ses clichés sur la culture hawaïenne et retranscrit ses impressions, ses anecdotes, ses rencontres dans ses précieux cahiers Sennelier. Avec son humour légendaire et ses inimitables dessins à l'aquarelle, Joann Sfar nous raconte ses aventures et ses découvertes. Des plages emplies de surfeurs et de palmiers, à la culture musicale profondément ancrée dans l'île, en passant par les cow-boys locaux et les touristes japonais, ce livre est le fac-similé de ses carnets de voyage.