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Honolulu Museum of Art

Honolulu Museum of Art  

A collection reflective of location and a multicultural population

With paving stones cut from Chinese granite slabs, Hawaiian lava rock from Kaimuki and flagstones cut from Molokai, the architecture of the Honolulu Museum of Art is as much an installation featuring Hawaiian culture as it is the home to 4,500 works of art representing all of Hawaii’s cultures and 5,000 years of history.


ARTafterDARK

ARTafterDARK

As a marketing and promotional opportunity for local businesses and individuals in the community, the Honolulu Museum of Art’s 10 ARTafterDARK events held throughout the year also offer visitors a chance to mix art with nightlife, dance and live music. Grab food and drinks and be inspired with fun themes like What’s Your Sign?, Art Deco Hawaii and Posh.

SPALDING HOUSE

SPALDING HOUSE

On permanent view at the museum’s second location is David Hockney’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, an interpretation of the 1981 Metropolitan Opera production by Maurice Ravel. Visitors can explore the gallery-like atmosphere and rotating display of art as well as walk through sculpture-filled gardens overlooking Diamond Head and Honolulu.

SHANGRI LA

SHANGRI LA

After a honeymoon in the Middle East and South Asia, American heiress, philanthropist and art collector Doris Duke hired an architect to help design a home that would bridge her love of Islamic art and architecture with Hawaii’s tropical landscape. When Duke passed away, her will dictated that her home – a retreat and sanctuary on five acres overlooking the Pacific – be open to the public as a place for study of Islamic art, which includes ceramics, metalwork, wood, glass, textiles and ethnographic objects.


Insider Tips

  • The Honolulu Museum of Art’s Japanese art collection includes more than 10,000 ukiyo-e woodblock prints.
  • David Hockney’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges at the Spalding House is backlit and accompanied by a recording of the opera.
  • Designers and artisans from India, Iran, Syria, Morocco and Hawaiʿi helped to define Shangri La’s unique character.
Need to Know

Honolulu Museum of Art

  • Address: 900 Beretania St., Honolulu, Oahu
  • Phone: (808) 532-8700
  • Web Address: www.honolulumuseum.org
  • Distance/Drive: 15 minutes, 2.3 miles.
  • Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Head southeast on Ala Moana Boulevard. Turn left onto Ena Road. Turn left onto Kalakaua Avenue and stay on that for 0.9 miles. Make a left onto S. Beretania Street.
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