The much anticipated Hawai‘i State Art Museum will open Nov.
3, with its exhibition and festival to celebrate the achievement
of a 35-year-long goal.
The museum is located downtown in the No.1 Capital District
Building at South Hotel Street and Richard Street. Its opening
exhibition, “Enriched by Diversity: the Art of Hawai‘i,” features
nearly 360 art works done by 284 local artists from the 1940s
to the present. The exhibition is designed to express six
themes of Hawai‘i, including Hawaiian heritage, Asian roots,
and the inspiration of land and sea. Admission is free.
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The opening also features a “Celebrate Culture and the Arts
Festival” from the 9 a.m. grand-opening ceremony on the front
steps of the museum to 4 p.m. This will include performances,
art demonstrations, art activities for all ages, and tours of
the Mission House Museum, Hawai‘i Theatre, the Honolulu Academy
of Arts, and the basement galleries of Iolani Palace. All these
will be free.
“November 3 will truly be a special day for Hawai‘i residents,”
Gov. Ben Cayetano said. “The people of our state now will have
a unique place in the Capital District where their own art is
displayed, taught, practiced, and passed on to the children
The HiSAM will be the second largest art museum in the state,
after the Honolulu Academy of Arts. It will have three main
galleries, occupying 12,000 square feet. Admission to the museum
will be free at all times, and the hours of operation will be
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The museum will
be closed on Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays.
To cover its operation cost, HiSAM is seeking corporate partners.
In addition, the museum also accepts donations from individuals.
Individuals can donate at the museum, or send donations to the
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, 250 South Hotel Street,
2nd Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813. However, donations are completely
voluntary, and individual donations are not expected to cover
a large part of the operation cost.