Currently, the art that graces this 132-year-old
building is the museum’s inaugural exhibition, Enriched
by Diversity: The Art of Hawai‘i. This exhibition has
360 works by 284 artists and celebrates a prolific artistic
and cultural tradition. While the museum’s collection
dates from the late-19th century, the works in the exhibit
date from the 1960s to the present.
Visitors to the exhibition will find more than just paintings.
As art goes beyond paint and canvas, so does the exhibit, which
includes photographs, sculptures, and jewelry. It is through
the diverse materials and numerous styles that Hawai‘i’s
diversity and creativity are represented.
One of the most interesting pieces was a photograph by Francis
Haar, entitled ‘Iolani Luahine, 1961. It is of a Hawaiian
woman decked with ceremonial leis, eyes closed as if in prayer
or chant, a practice not uncommon among ancient Hawaiians or
even at some very formal events for local Hawaiians today. This
piece demonstrates the very spiritual nature of Hawaiian culture.
If you think Hawai‘i is awesome, and if you are here for
more than just the great surf and beautiful beaches, you will
fully understand the islands when you taste, experience, and
enlarge your understanding of the beauty of Hawaiian culture.