THIS IS A PLACE THAT IS REAL EASY TO MISS BECAUSE I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT IT EXISTS...I GUESS I COULD HAVE PUT IT ON THE" OFF THE BEATEN PATH".... The Hawaii State Art Museum in downtown Honolulu is a celebration of Hawaii.s diverse artistic and cultural legacy. It?s also a venue to showcase the best works of Hawaii's thriving art community.
The museum's inaugural exhibition, "Enriched by Diversity: The Art of Hawaii," includes 360 works by 284 artists. The exhibition features a wide variety of artistic styles, movements and media?all illustrating the unique cultural influences that fuel the creativity of Hawaii's artists. Here, Western art forms blend with the traditional folk art forms of Hawaii?s multi-cultural population, including Hawaiian kapa, umeke (wooden calabashes) and quilts; Japanese shizu embroidery and raku pottery; and much more.
The museum houses an extensive collection of paintings, prints, photos, sculptures and mixed-media works, all purchased and collected by the state within the past 35 years. Until the museum opened in November 2002, the only places these works could be displayed were in various state buildings. In fact, the museum's display of art represents only a fraction of its entire collection. Expect more works to be exhibited in the future
THERE ARE A FEW MORE PICTURES I WANTED TO SHARE...SO HERE THEY ARE..
The museum’s grand opening was held on November 3, 2002. Opening festivities included hands-on art activities, music and dance performances, and food booths. Proclaimed then-Governor Benjamin Cayetano, "The people of our State will now have a unique place in the Capitol District where their own art is displayed, taught, practiced and passed on to the children of Hawaii."
ONE MORE SHOW OF THE GREAT PLACE THIS IS...HOURS ARE TUESDAYS --SATURDAY 10AM--4PM...AND ADMISSION IS FREE.