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Linda Muller
· November 27, 2017
Went there to refresh my mind, body and spirit. Absolutely loved visiting here. It was my first visit but certainly won't be the last. So serene and beautiful. The exhibits were outstanding. Many to sit and admire. Treated myself to delicious lunch at the restaurant. The server was friendly and executed his job to perfection. A lovely escape. See More
Ralph Groves
· December 12, 2017
Ah, sooooo, drop the modern kitsch from the Japan gallery and rotate the classics, anything but the junk that looks like it was produced by rich business men’s wives and shown at the American Club in ...Tokyo. And when I say classics no, I don’t mean Hokusai, as the old geezer at the gate loves to repeat. Harunobu, Kunisada, Koizumi Kishio, whatever. Ohhh, the Michener’s must be rolling their eyes and spinning like tops. Put up Adachi copies, decent sized scans on the website, expand the galleries, anything but this! OK, rant over. Peace. Out. See More
Donald Young
· October 15, 2017
Current Kurosawa Retrospective is terrific. So far, I've seen "Drunken Angel" (1948) for the first time, and yesterday, "Roshomon" for who knows how many. Loved the first, and reminded why the secon...d is so great. Actually, since it was the first time in 10 or 15 years, remarkable what it says now, in today's world. Terrific of HOMA to present. See More
David Hattenhauer
· January 20, 2018
The Honolulu Museum of Art is a hidden treasurer! We also toured Doris Dukes Shangri la which is incredible! I will return to both of these places each January when I vacation in Hawaii!
Odnoomssik Cha
· October 29, 2017
First time to visit the place wherein my granddaughter had been recognized and and awarded for her Artwork through Aloha Harvest. I loved art work I used to do some oil painting when I was in my High... School days . . See More
Ronald Loui
· August 27, 2017
maybe if they did not let the crazy homeless guy accost and attack art museum patrons we could give a review with more stars. we tried three times to get onto the property and were attacked twice -- ...third time just told the cab driver to keep going and forget about it. who wants to get stabbed for the privilege of overspending at an art museum shop? See More
Gui Alves
· June 28, 2017
I absolutely love the Honolulu Museum of Art. Great art shows, great movie festivals, great people that work at the Museum. I can't say enough good things about this place. You must visit if you're for a few days, you must support it if you live in Honolulu. See More
Gary Leo Raona
· February 8, 2018
Had a great lunch in the cafe. It was even nicer because it was free admission. Enjoyed the Hawaiian art exhibit.
Jon Yoshinaga
· December 30, 2017
Great little museum tucked away in Honolulu. The grounds are beautiful and although the collection is modest, it is well curated including a Monet and Van Gogh among other notable artists.
Christine Mari
· December 28, 2017
Absolutely beautiful way to spend our day. Great artwork and the cafe was excellent. So happy we took the time to visit!
Morris Dalton
· November 6, 2017
A truly amazing gallery and collection. A must for any discerning visitor to Hawai‘i. Friendly helpful staff who make any visit special.
Nikos Drakopoulos
· January 27, 2018
Great Museum. It Covers properly the culture diversity of the island. You must sit and eat Lunch at their Restaurant. Outstanding food.
Ted Timboy
· September 17, 2017
Beautiful gem of a museum. I always admire institutions that actively incorporate local and POC artists into a collection that includes well known art.
Gloria Jernigan
· October 7, 2017
Always interesting exhibits. Always free. I love that.
The older gentleman that stands at the dorr or sits at the table could be warmer.
Everyone else was busy into their own staff lives.
Nancy Wright
· December 21, 2017
Beautifully designed space with an impressive array of art. Quality restaurant, too!
Harold McNaron
· November 11, 2017
Such an excellent mix of art from various cultures and eras. I could've spent several more hours there if I had planned accordingly. Great job HoMA!
Sally Green
· November 5, 2016
The building and grounds are fascinating, full of personality and well suited to their purpose. The staff members we met were young, direct, cheerful, patient and kind, and went out of their way to he...lp and accommodate us. And I thoroughly enjoyed the range and scope of art shown, from early European oils to a personal cultural history made modern through blending photography and fabric art, to exotic evening dresses composed of plastic bags. Not to mention an extensive collection of mid-to far-Eastern art. (We ate there, and lunch was upscale too.) See More
Carl Formato
· February 2, 2018
A wonderful museum. Great art, artists, sculptures, etc. Well worth the trip !!!
Vikki Calvin Deedrick
· October 21, 2017
Great museum and be sure to add the Shangri La tour to your visit.
Absolutely amazing.
Jean Ostrom McMann
· 4 hours ago
Very nice collection for a smaller museum. We really enjoyed our visit and lunch at the cafe.

It's Chinese cultural immersion at @bankofhawaii Family Sunday: Good Dog today! Learn calligraphy and mah jong with members of the Associated Chinese University Women. Kids can make a dog collage, get their portrait sketched by @AdventureFunClub's Druscilla Santiago and try on traditional Chinese clothing. Lion dance starts in a few minutes! Activities end at 2pm but we are open until 4:30pm—admission is free thanks to Bank of Hawaii!
In our Museum Shop, you can sign up for a pet communication reading with Eileen Abe—you need a photo of your dog!

Today we kick off our 吴天明 Wu Tianming Tribute with "River Without Buoys 没有航标的河流" at 7:30pm. It is Wu Tianming's reflection on the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Wu Tianming’s daughter, Janet Wu, will lead a post-screening discussion of her father’s work.

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Directed by Wu Tianming. 1983. China. 100 min. Mandarin with English subtitles.With public criticism of the Chinese Cultural Revolution at its height in the 1980s, Wu Tianming seized the opportunity to make this reflection on that brutal period. River Without Buoys follows the life of three timber r...

Celebrate Chinese New Year at this weekend's Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday! Gates open at 10am.

Kids can make pup puppets and see a lion dance! Here's the program schedule:

Special guest: Bring a photo of your dog to The Public Pet pop-up in the Museum Shop for a 10-minute reading by pet communicator Eileen Abe, from 11am to 2pm. Readings are by appointment—visit the shop to sign up. Limited number of spots available.


Reminder: Pets are not allowed inside the Honolulu Museum of Art and Spalding House, even during this dog-themed event.

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#TBT to 1961, when museum art classes were held in the skylit rooms that now house the Asian Art Department. Here's a stylish fashion illustration class in session.

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Honolulu Museum of Art added 13 new photos to the album: ARTafterDARK: Kiss Kiss Bang Bhangra — with Sai Bhatawadekar and 3 others.

#ARTafterDARK came back with a bang last month! Inspired by the Bollywood Film Festival 2018, the night was full of activities for attendees to get their Bhangra on. There was a engaging dance performance by Aaja Nachle Hawaii and Bollywood music played all night long by dj mr.nick. Attendees adorned themselves with henna body art thanks to Hau'oli Henna and Touch of Henna Hawai`i, and received mini massages courtesy of The Modern Honolulu. Mahalo to The Modern Honolulu for sponsoring the night's event, and to EAT Honolulu and Free Spirits Hawaii for providing the good food and drinks. And to you for coming! We can't wait to see you again Feb. 23 for ARTafterDARK: Must Love Dogs.

A year ago Spanish artist Cinta Vidal was at the museum as part of POW WOW Worldwide's annual Honolulu event. She created a mural that directly relates to HoMA—incorporating objects from the collection and grounds (can you spot them?). We like it so much, we're leaving it up for another year. To celebrate, we repost this time lapse video of her working on "Blow."

The mural took five non-consecutive days to complete (she got really sick in the middle of it, but rallied and finished!) and was unveiled Feb. 24, 2017.

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Time lapse of Spanish artist Cinta Vidal painting 'Blow,' as part of POW WOW Worldwide (Hawaii, curated by Thinkspace Gallery). The mural took five non-consecutive days to complete, and was unveiled February 24, 2017.

A leading Fourth Generation filmmaker, many of Wu Tianming's films are banned in China due to their subversive political content—but you can watch them here as we pay tribute to his work from Feb. 16-19 in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Wu Tianming paved the way for contemporary Chinese cinema (earning him the title of "godfather of contemporary Chinese cinema") and mentored notable Fifth Generation filmmakers like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige. See the schedule and buy tickets here:

Special thanks to supporting sponsors Center for Chinese Studies at UH-Manoa and the Confucius Institute Hawaii at University of Hawaii at Manoa, hospitality sponsor Waikiki Parc Hotel, and community partner NETPAC.

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Get an edge on your Oscar® pool by seeing the best short films before the 90th Academy Awards! Covering all three categories—Animated, Live Action and Documentary—don’t miss the opportunity to watch all the Oscar®-nominated short films starting tomorrow Feb. 11. Get more info and buy tickets by clicking the links below.

Live Action:

Sunday Feb 11 07:00 PM Tuesday Feb 13 01:00 PM Wednesday Feb 14 07:30 PM Tuesday Feb 20 07:30 PM Thursday Feb 22 07:30 PM Friday Feb 23 01:00 PM Sunday Feb 25 04:00 PM

Mudbound, the searing drama about racism (told through two farming families) in post-WWII Mississippi Delta, has four Oscar nominations! But as a Netflix film, it had a very limited theatrical release. You can see it on the big screen tonight, 7:30pm, at the museum as part of the Honolulu African American Film Festival.
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Directed by Dee Rees. 2017. USA. 134 min.Don’t miss this opportunity to see filmmaker Dee Rees’ Golden Globe-nominated saga of two families in the Mississippi Delta on the big screen. The New York Times’ A. O. Scott calls it “a work of historical imagination that lands in the present with di...

#TBT to last month's Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Whirls and Swirls where families learned about Indian art and culture in celebration of the Bollywood Film Festival 2018. Kids created mandalas and henna designs, showed off their best Bollywood moves with Aaja Nachle Hawaii, and watched Circus Olina performers spin plates! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year on Feb. 18 for Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Good Dog! Photos by Ikaika Akana.

Will you be in New York this month? Don't miss the show of Hawai‘i artist (and fabulous museum docent) Deborah G. Nehmad at the Kim Foster Gallery through Feb. 17. Read about the show on artnet!

Honolulu-based artist Deborah G. Nehmad confronts President Trump and gun violence in her exhibition "TWIT" at Kim Foster Gallery in New York.

Three musical heavyweights join forces with ‘ukuleles in hand ‪this Friday, Feb. 9‬! Don't miss Abe Lagrimas, Jr., ‪Jeff Linsky‬ and Jennifer Leitham, performing as The Left Coast Ukulele Trio. Get more info and your tickets now by clicking the link below. General admission: $30, $25 for museum members.

Celebrated musicians Abe Lagrimas, Jr., Jeff Linsky and Jennifer Leitham combine their formidable improvisational skills in an entertaining program of creative arrangements for ukulele. You don’t want to miss the incredible triple threat on stage.

UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT AS OF 2/8. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets in advance!

Are we excited? Yes, we are excited! And honored to partner with The Merwin Conservancy to present Pulitzer Prize–winning U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith on Saturday, Feb 10 at 7pm. General admission $20, $15 for museum members. Click on the image for more info and tickets.

The Merwin Conservancy and the Honolulu Museum of Art are proud to present an intimate evening with current U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. The Green Room is an environmental and literary salon series that fosters a reverence for language, nature, and imagination. The Green Room series was fou.....

Anita Hill was put in the hot seat 27 years ago. That's how long ago she blazed a trail—for today's #metoo movement.

See the documentary about this amazing woman tomorrow, Feb. 4, then join in on a discussion panel with State Rep. Della Au Belatti, @Glory Gervacio Saure, Director of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of Hawaii, civil rights attorney (and festival committee member) Daphne Barbee-Wooten, City Council member Kymberly Marcos Pine, and communications consultant (and festival committee member) Tadia Rice. It's going to be a good—and important—one!

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Directed by Freida Lee Mock. 2013. USA. 95 min.An entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while wo...