The HiSAM is located in downtown Honolulu at
250 South Hotel St., in the No. 1 Capitol Building. The new
visitor center is being built on the first floor, and the galleries
on the second floor are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Galleries are also open for evening
viewing on the first Friday of every month, when the HiSAM
hosts a gathering event open to the public from 5 to 9 p.m..
Four signature events will be a part of the HSFCA 40th Anniversary
celebration. The first was the 40th Anniversary Birthday Party
on Oct. 2, in conjunction with Children and Youth Day. The
event was held on the front lawn of the HiSAM, and included
arts and activities for children plus a birthday cake.
The second event, the Opening Reception for Public Art, will
be held in conjunction with First Friday on March 3, 2006,
from 5 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to this free event.
The third signature event is the International Cultural Summit
to be held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and the HiSAM,
May 11-13, 2006.
The cultural summit will feature speakers who will present
lectures on many arts-related topics and will include an HSFCA
Awards Ceremony and an Arts Education Forum. The fourth signature
event is the grand opening for the HiSAM Visitor Information
Center featuring a café, a gift shop, and an information
kiosk. The opening date is to be determined pending completion
of construction. The public will be invited to this free event.
The Art in Public Places exhibition explores the state’s
collection of art acquired since 1967 under a law that set
aside for art one-percent of all state building construction
costs. The primary purpose of the public art program is to
beautify and humanize the environment, acording to the museum’s
The exhibition is designed to introduce audiences to the concept
of public art. The art in the Diamond Head Gallery is composed
of 13 pieces selected from 500 entries to an open call to all
of Hawai‘i’s artists. Public artists featured in
this exhibition include Carol Bennet, Sean Browne, Ed Carpenter,
Jean Charlot, and Kazu Kauiana. Materials from their projects
such as sketches, models, and concept descriptions, will illustrate
the careful research, detailed work, and open process necessary
to develop projects that speak to the community and enhance
The back section of the Diamond Head Gallery currently features
Summertime, a special exhibition on themes and images of the
summer season. The exhibit includes a media room that screens
a video about Hawai‘i’s Art in Public Places Program
produced by Waianae High School’s Searider Productions.
The rest of the exhibit comprises sculptures, photos, paintings,
drawings, and hands-on interactive elements designed to engage
audiences and encourage them to explore public art.
The Ewa Galleries
The Ewa Galleries offer two exhibitions. The first, Reflecting
Hawai‘i, paintings, sculpture, and mixed media works
on paper, will continue through Jan. 28, 2006. The second,
Enriched by Diversity: The Art of Hawai‘i, is a semi-permanent
exhibition illustrating the mix of Hawai‘i’s ethnic
and cultural traditions.
The HSCFA hosts a monthly “Lunchtime Lecture Series at
HiSAM.” The program is from noon to 1 p.m. on the last
Tuesday of each month in the multi-purpose room located on
the first floor. The next luncheon is Nov. 29, and will feature
artist Sean Browne, who did the King David Kalakaua statue
in Waikiki. Browne’s work is heavily inspired by Native
Hawaiian culture as well as his Japanese heritage. Working
primarily in bronze and stone, he creates interpretations linking
the past and present.
The HiSAM offers free scheduled tours of the galleries for
everyone interested, including students for whom English is
a second language. To schedule a tour, call Michael Naylor,
the museum educator, at 586-0740. Walk-in tours are not available.
The HiSAM continuously seeks volunteers to serve as gallery
attendants, docents (tour guides), and helpers with specials
events. An application can be downloaded at www.hawaii.gov/sfca.
Lynn Mayekawa, the Visitor Services manager, can be contacted
via telephone at 586-9959, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The e-mail address for the volunteer program is hisamvolunteers@
yahoo.com. Application forms can also be obtained at the museum.
The HiSAM also welcomes HPU students interns. Interships are
customized on a case-by-case basis, so interested students
should call David de la Torre, director of both the Art in
Public Places Program and of the HiSAM, at 586-9950.
Any artist who wants to register a visual artist profile with
the HSFCA and HiSAM can obtain an application at the museum.
Artists must submit 10 slides of work. Three-dimensional artworks,
such as sculptures, are gladly accepted, but slides of various
views showing the whole work in its environmental context,
in detail, must be included.