Honolulu Museum of Art

Honolulu Museum of Art HoMA includes a museum, an art school, the HoMA Café and Coffee Bar, and the Museum Shop. Hawai‘i's culture hub dedicated to creating relevant and transformative experiences through the study, preservation, presentation and creation of art.
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Family Sunday is coming up! The approaching season of reflection, gratitude, and giving thanks inspired this month’s vir...
11/12/2020

Family Sunday is coming up! The approaching season of reflection, gratitude, and giving thanks inspired this month’s virtual Family Sunday activities.

Our in-person events remain on hold for now, but we have some fun at-home activities planned for this weekend. November’s theme is “Happy with 'Ohana”—whether you're with friends and family in spirit, online, or (safely) in-person, HoMA’s art activities honor togetherness in this year of change and adaptation.

Visit the #MuseumFromHome page on the HoMA website beginning Saturday, November 14. Mahalo to Bank of Hawaii Foundation for their support and continued partnership. Stay tuned for creative ways to spend family time together.

#MyHoMA #BOHFamilySunday #BOHFoundation

Today, together with the entire country, we honor the heroism of our veterans, including those who made the ultimate sac...
11/11/2020

Today, together with the entire country, we honor the heroism of our veterans, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you to all of those who have served.

The photo above is by Suzanne Opton, from her "Soldier + Citizen" series, 2008, which captured portraits of soldiers with loved ones. This photograph was part of HoMA’s 2008 exhibition, “Courage and Strength: Portraits of Those Who Have Served.” For a look back at that powerful exhibition and what it meant to service members who experienced the works of art, read more here:

https://honolulumuseum.org/stories/2012/11/contemporary-art/seeing-courage-and-strength-through-the-eyes-of-soldiers/

You’ll also find links to interviews from Hawaiʻi Public Radio culture reporter Noe Tanigawa, who invited four soldiers stationed on O‘ahu who served in Iraq or Afghanistan to the museum to share their thoughts about the exhibition and their war experiences. The conversations are incredibly moving.

GLOBAL UPRISING: Indigeneity, Land, Heritage // Hawaiʻi & PalestineJoin us Sunday, November 15 at 10am HST for a free, v...
11/11/2020

GLOBAL UPRISING: Indigeneity, Land, Heritage // Hawaiʻi & Palestine

Join us Sunday, November 15 at 10am HST for a free, virtual panel discussion presented in partnership with the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, ArteEast, the Arab American National Museum and Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Panelists Nida Sinnokrot, Sean Connelly, ‘Ilima Long, and Nasser Abourahme will discuss how cultivation, contractors, culture, and cosmopolitics relate to land rights struggles in Palestine and Hawaiʻi, through their eyes as artists and academics. The conversation will reflect on growing ecological crises, displacement from land, and alienation from heritage through potential strategies or antidotes presented by education and cultural projects that bridge art, science, and agriculture.

Click here for more details on the panelists and event, along with a registration link:

https://honolulumuseum.org/events/1604959928/

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image credit: Sean Connelly

Catch up with HoMA Director, Halona Norton-Westbrook! Mahalo MidWeek for a wonderful article.
11/05/2020

Catch up with HoMA Director, Halona Norton-Westbrook! Mahalo MidWeek for a wonderful article.

The love of art is alive and well with Halona Norton-Westbrook, the 11th director of Honolulu Museum of Art since its inception nearly 100 years ago. Read more in our cover story: www.midweek.com.

Photo: Lawrence Tabudlo

#midweekhawaii #hawaii #honolulumuseum #museums #honolulumuseumofart

Mask up and support the arts! The HoMA Shop has launched a limited-edition series of face masks featuring the work of fi...
11/02/2020

Mask up and support the arts! The HoMA Shop has launched a limited-edition series of face masks featuring the work of five Hawai‘i-based print artists, created especially for the museum.

Artists Kris Goto, Lauren Okano, Lauren Roth, Lauren Trangmar, and Shar Tuiasoa (also known as Punky Aloha) generously shared their talent with custom designs in support of HoMA. Read on for more about the artists and each individual design:

https://honolulumuseum.org/stories/2020/11/gifts/homa-shop-launches-limited-edition-face-masks-designed-by-local-print-artists/

These face masks are available in the Shop, as well as for order online, and can be purchased individually as well as in a bundle of five. Each mask is fully adjustable, and comes with two replaceable PM 2.5 filters.

All proceeds from the HoMA Shop support the museum's exhibitions and programming. Visit shop.honolulumuseum.org for more.

11/01/2020
HoMA Presents Lopaka Kapanui's Ghost Storytelling

Gather 'round ghosts and ghouls!

Presenting a special virtual edition of storyteller and historian Lopaka Kapanui’s chicken-skin tales. Tonight, Lopaka shares stories inspired by the museum and artwork in the collection, sure to send a chill down your spine.

Mahalo, Lopaka! Check out Mysteries Of Honolulu for more spooky tales.

In lieu of our annual Halloween Ghost Story event at our very own Doris Duke Theatre with Lopaka Kapanui, we would like to present to you a virtual tale of 3...

Join us tomorrow for a safe, spirited HoMA Halloween! We're hosting an all-day, family-friendly Halloween celebration. K...
10/31/2020

Join us tomorrow for a safe, spirited HoMA Halloween! We're hosting an all-day, family-friendly Halloween celebration. Keiki and adults are welcome to visit the museum in costume (see guidelines below) for a safe place to enjoy the holiday. No tricks—just treats, art, and lots of fun.

The museum will be open until 9pm, and as always, admission for kids under 18 is free. All of HoMA's regular health and safety measures will be in place. Secure advance tickets here:

https://honolulumuseum.org/timed-entry/11799/

Kids can “art-and-treat” with complimentary prepackaged goodie bags at the HoMA Café, Coffee Bar, and HoMA Shop, and the Coffee Bar will be offering special bites and beverages all day long. The Shop is also running a special on Fridays and Saturdays: purchase any item from the Coffee Bar or Café, and receive 10% off at the Shop—simply show your receipt at checkout.

Costumes are welcomed and encouraged, but for the safety of guests and artwork, we ask that they not include the following materials:

Full face costume masks
Accessories larger than 16 inches
Weapons (real or toy)
Body paint, feathers or glitter

Non-surgical face masks are required for all adults and children over 2 years old.

10/28/2020
#MuseumFromHome: DIY spooky thaumatrope

The thaumatrope is an optical toy first invented in the 1820s, and remains a great lo-fi DIY activity. When you twirl the strings between your fingers, the pictures on either side of the disk appear to blend together—spooky indeed!

To make a thaumatrope, you will need:
Card stock or thick paper
Something to draw and to color with
Something of a circular shape to trace with, like a cup or tape roll
Scissors
Hole punch
Two rubber bands

Instructions:

1. Draw a circle on a piece of cardstock.
2. Use something with a circular shape to trace.
3. Cut out the circle and punch two holes opposite each other and at the edge. Make sure the holes are horizontal.
4. Draw and color a pumpkin on one side.
5. Now flip the circle over from bottom to top. Draw and color a spooky face on the other side.
6. String a rubber band through one of the holes, and thread one end through its loop at the other end. Repeat on the opposite side with the second rubber band.
7. Use your forefingers and thumbs to rotate the rubber bands and spin the circle back and forth. Watch your spooky thaumatrope come alive!

Enter HoMA’s art-inspired pumpkin carving contest! We want to see your jack-o'-lantern masterpieces: channel an Old Mast...
10/27/2020

Enter HoMA’s art-inspired pumpkin carving contest! We want to see your jack-o'-lantern masterpieces: channel an Old Master, carve up an ode to modernism, or turn your gourd into a contemporary work of art. Need inspiration? We’ve created custom jack-o’-lantern stencils inspired by artworks in the museum collection. Click the link below to download, print, and get carving.

https://honolulumuseum.org/teach-at-home/

Prizes: we’re giving away HoMA Supporting Memberships for the winning jack-o’-lanterns in these categories: Most Creative, Technical Skill, and Judges’ Choice. Winners will be announced via social media on Nov 1.

To enter, post a photo of your art-inspired jack-o’-lantern by Oct 31, and tag us @honolulumuseum. 🎃

Join us Saturday, October 31 for an all-day, family-friendly Halloween celebration at HoMA. Keiki and adults are welcome...
10/23/2020

Join us Saturday, October 31 for an all-day, family-friendly Halloween celebration at HoMA. Keiki and adults are welcome to visit the museum in costume (see guidelines below) for a safe, spirited place to enjoy the holiday. No tricks—just treats, art, and lots of fun!

On Halloween, the museum will be open until 9pm as part of our new extended weekend hours, and as always, admission for kids under 18 is free. We’ll deck the halls in their most festive and spookiest, and our regular health and safety measures will be in place, including face mask requirements, capacity limits, and a one-way flow throughout the museum.

Kids can “art-and-treat” with complimentary prepackaged goodie bags at the HoMA Café, Coffee Bar, and HoMA Shop, and the Coffee Bar will be offering special seasonal bites and beverages all day long. The Shop is also running a special offer on Fridays and Saturdays: purchase any item from the Coffee Bar or Café, and receive 10% off at the Shop—simply show your receipt at checkout.

Halloween at HoMA
Saturday, Oct 31, 10am - 9pm
Admission: $20 regular, $10 kamaʻāina, free for kids under 18
Secure tickets here: https://honolulumuseum.org/plan-your-visit/

*Costumes are welcomed and encouraged, however for the safety of all guests and art, we ask that they not include the following materials: full face costume masks, accessories larger than 16 inches, weapons (real or toy), body paint, feathers or glitter. Non-surgical face masks are required for all adults and children over 2 years old.

#MuseumFromHome: a street festival after the rain.This print by Charles W. Bartlett is one of the most interesting ones ...
10/22/2020

#MuseumFromHome: a street festival after the rain.

This print by Charles W. Bartlett is one of the most interesting ones he designed for Japanese publisher Shōzaburō Watanabe. The depiction of rain in its composition is very different from the traditional techniques used for rain in 19th century Japanese woodblock prints—rather, this print closely approximates the watercolor medium in which Bartlett would have prepared his designs. The blurred reflections of the brilliantly colored kimonos and umbrellas on the wet ground are particularly striking.

Charles W. Bartlett (British, 1860 - 1940)
"Kobe," or "Street Festival After Rain," from the series "2nd Series," a portfolio of six color woodcuts published by Shuzaburo Watanabe, Tokyo, Japan, 1916
Color woodblock print
Gift of Anna Rice Cooke, 1927 (5374)

It's Family Sunday! Our free, digital Family Sunday programming is now online with at-home art activities for keiki of a...
10/18/2020

It's Family Sunday! Our free, digital Family Sunday programming is now online with at-home art activities for keiki of all ages. October’s theme is “Welcome Autumn" and includes a fall-inspired scavenger hunt, a jack o’ lantern design activity, and a reading of Michael Nordenstrom’s “Hina and the Sea of Stars” for our virtual version of Storytime.

https://honolulumuseum.org/family-sunday/welcome-autumn/

Visit the Family Sunday page for seasonal, family-friendly fun. If you post photos of your artwork, tag us @honolulumuseum! We love to see your creations.HoMA's Family Sunday programming is generously supported by Bank of Hawaii Foundation.

#MyHoMA #BOHFamilySunday #BOHFoundation

Jules Tavernier (French, 1844 - 1889)
"Sunrise over Diamond Head," 1888
Oil on canvas
Gift of Frances Damon Holt in memory of John Dominis Holt, 2001 (9500.1)

Introducing the new exhibition “Kamran Samimi: In Stillness," featuring new work from Hawai’i-based Kamran Samimi, curre...
10/17/2020

Introducing the new exhibition “Kamran Samimi: In Stillness," featuring new work from Hawai’i-based Kamran Samimi, currently an artist in residence at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, & Design.

“In Stillness” presents artistic visualizations of change, transformation, and the passage of time. Paying tribute to that which is felt but imperceptible, Samimi reflects on presence, absence, and the transitory nature of life. By coaxing materiality from the unseen, the artist creates meaning from chaos; an act of spiritual practice. Experience these works in HoMA’s Arts of the Islamic World gallery.

“In Stillness” is a collaboration with Shangri La, Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design. More information about the exhibition here:

https://honolulumuseum.org/collection_exhibits/in_stillness/

Happy birthday to Princess Ka‘iulani, born Victoria Kawēkiu Ka‘iulani Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Cleghorn, on this da...
10/17/2020

Happy birthday to Princess Ka‘iulani, born Victoria Kawēkiu Ka‘iulani Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Cleghorn, on this day in 1875.

The designs found within Hawaiian quilts often reflect the maker’s love of their beloved ali‘i. This marvelous quilt, titled "Ke Kahi O Ka‘iulani (The Comb of Ka‘iulani)," commemorates Princess Ka‘iulani (1875–1899), who lived through the last years of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the Republic of Hawai‘i.

Click the link below for more about this very special quilt, from Curator of Textiles and Fashion Tory Laitila. The quilt commemorates the princess with a pattern depicting the tortoiseshell combs she may have used to truss up her long locks of hair.

honolulumuseum.org/stories/2020/10/textiles/comb-of-kaiulani/

Fall is here, and we’re celebrating autumn in the Islands with our virtual Family Sunday activities this weekend. While ...
10/14/2020

Fall is here, and we’re celebrating autumn in the Islands with our virtual Family Sunday activities this weekend. While the in-person Family Sunday event is still on hold, our free digital version will be available online, featuring at-home art activities for keiki of all ages. October’s theme is “Welcome Autumn,” and art activities will explore and celebrate the changing seasons in Hawai‘i. Visit the #MuseumFromHome section of the HoMA website beginning Saturday, Oct 17.

Mahalo to Bank of Hawaii Foundation for their support and continued partnership. Stay tuned for some creative ways to spend family time together this weekend!

#MyHoMA #BOHFamilySunday #BOHFoundation

10/13/2020
#MuseumFromHome: a wine pairing for a tropical evening.

#MuseumFromHome: a wine pairing for a tropical evening.

HoMA Café supervisor Chris Murphy is back with one of his favorite summer evening bottles (meaning: equally perfect for these balmy October nights), sharing how they pair it at the Café, and how best to enjoy it at home. Salud!

Last week's Pau Hana Friday was a relaxing, socially distanced, and art-filled good time—here are some photos from last ...
10/10/2020

Last week's Pau Hana Friday was a relaxing, socially distanced, and art-filled good time—here are some photos from last week. Let’s do it again tonight!

The museum is open from 4-9 this evening, and the galleries, courtyards, Shop, and Coffee Bar are open for you to enjoy. Admission is free for kamaʻāina thanks to our partners at Hawaiian Airlines® Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard®. Walk-ins are welcome, and tickets can be secured in advance at honolulumuseum.org.

Mahalo to @bankofhawaii for celebrating the ingenuity, strength and vision of Hawai‘i’s leading women. It's an honor for...
10/09/2020
Bank of Hawaii - Leading Women: Halona Norton-Westbrook and the Future of Art

Mahalo to @bankofhawaii for celebrating the ingenuity, strength and vision of Hawai‘i’s leading women. It's an honor for our director to be recognized among so many great leaders for her efforts to transform the museum for future generations, and chart meaningful pathways to art for the entire community.

#bankofhawaii #leadingwomen #MyHoMA

When Halona Norton-Westbrook became the new director of the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) in January 2020, she had two major goals on her mind: First, preserve what was working at the museum and what people love—the history, the culture, the exhibits—and second, find ways to improve operations...

“We started to go into self-sustain mode...the question was, “What can you do when you can’t really do what you do anymo...
10/08/2020

“We started to go into self-sustain mode...the question was, “What can you do when you can’t really do what you do anymore?” The answer became what you can do with stories and ideas at home.” - Gerard Elmore

Read on for an Artist Spotlight on local filmmaker—not to mention multiple Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and director—Gerard Elmore, who joined us for a conversation about what it's like to make films during a pandemic, how the local film community has adapted, and what keeps him inspired.

https://honolulumuseum.org/stories/2020/10/beyond-the-museum/homa-artist-spotlight-gerard-elmore/

You can find more information about Season 2 of "The HI-Way" from Honolulu Theatre for Youth at www.htyweb.org.

#MuseumFromHome: a German-American evening bag.October 6 is German-American Day, and as Tory Laitila, HoMA’s Curator of ...
10/06/2020

#MuseumFromHome: a German-American evening bag.

October 6 is German-American Day, and as Tory Laitila, HoMA’s Curator of Textiles and Fashion reminds us, the date was selected because it's the anniversary of the 1683 founding of Germantown, Pennsylvania by Dutch settlers.

HoMA has a wonderful German-American evening bag in the collection, from the Walborg Corporation of New York City and fabricated in West Germany between 1951 and 1963. Read on for more about this delicately beaded bag and its very special history.

https://honolulumuseum.org/stories/2020/10/permanent-collection/a-german-american-evening-bag-fit-for-a-soiree/

Beaded evening bag, Walborg Corporation
Mid-20th century
Silk, glass beads, brass, rhinestones
Gift of Mrs. Indru Watumull, 1998 (8982.1)

10/03/2020

Introducing “O Kalani,” a new exhibition featuring contemporary works by pioneering Native Hawaiian artists Sean Kekamakupa‘aikapono Ka‘onohiokalani Lee Loy Browne and Imaikalani Kalahele—some of which have never before been public display.

Experience “O Kalani” in person tonight at Pau Hana Friday! The museum is open until 9pm, and admission is free for kamaʻāina. You can secure your tickets in advance on our website, and we welcome walk-in visitors as well. Explore the galleries, take in the museum courtyards at night, check out the HoMA Gift Shop, and 🥂under the stars at our outdoor Coffee Bar.

10/01/2020
HoMA reopens today!

HoMA reopens today, and we’re thrilled to welcome you back! We're continuing to prioritize everyone’s health with enhanced safety measures: a mask requirement for all visitors and museum employees, strict social distancing, thorough and regular sanitization of all shared spaces, and a maximum capacity of five people at a time in our galleries and indoor spaces.

Our new extended hours are Thursdays from 10am–6pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am–9pm, and Sundays from 10am–6pm. You can secure your tickets in advance at honolulumuseum.org, and we welcome walk-in visits as well.

Mahalo to our community for supporting a safe, enjoyable museum experience for everyone.

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900 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI
96814

The Bus: 1, 2, 13, B and 1L Waikiki Trolley: Red Line

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Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 21:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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Your page is filled with beautiful art and I love how your museum cherishes all forms of art. Lately, I have been broadening my appreciation for art by watching independent films through a streaming platform called Film Festival Flix. This streaming platform is hosting film festivals that can be stream from across the nation. I’m excited to tune in to the Ashland Independent Film Festival that is going on now because I wouldn’t have been able to travel to Oregon to attend this film festival, but since it’s being streamed I can watch it from my home. If you want to expand your appreciation of art through cinema Film Festival Flix is a great place to start!
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Pictures taken at Honolulu Museum of Art during East West Centre Senior Journalists Seminar.
This museum has a very unique collection of art derived from different regions all around the world. If one is interested in art and sculptures from various regions such as Japan and the Philippines (including much more), this is the place to go.
Amazing place of art and community
This is a 24" X 36" poster in a frame (sorry for the blurry photo). Copyright 1986 Honolulu School Of Art. Robert Delauney 1885-1941. Rainbow; 1913. I have never seen another poster like this on the internet.
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