Hawaii State Art Museum

hawaii state art museum

Honolulu State Art Museum



The Hawaii State Art Museum seeks to promote and reflect a mix of Hawaii's cultural and ethnic traditions.

If visiting other more well known attractions in the area such as Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha statue it can easily be incorporated into your itinerary.

It makes for a peaceful and pleasant stop. The architecture and setting is quite stunning.



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Gallery at the Museum


Exhibits and collections here are changed seasonally. The work of local artists and artists from around the world is displayed.

Themes are primarily Hawaiian but folk art, sculptures, photographs and modern works are housed as well. Some of the pieces are from artists who are still alive today.


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There are also museum education programs for children as young as 5 years old utilizing a combination of classroom and hands-on instruction.

The building was originally a hotel called the Royal Hotel back in 1872. After that in 1917 it was converted into a YMCA and then into a military installation during WWI.

The museum opened in 2002. Currently it is also available for hosting private events. At times there are special events or concerts on the lawn.

I suggest having lunch at their cafe. There is an incredible collection of local art that has been acquired over the past 50 years. On every 4th Tuesday there is a free lecture on various related topics.




Admission is free and it is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm; closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. The address is 250 S. Hotel St., 2nd fl, Honolulu, HI 96813.

It is located on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol State Building across the street from the State Capitol and near Iolani Palace. The red line trolley and The Bus stop at the State Capitol. Parking is available in the area for a fee.


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Pool on the Grounds


The museum is also open on First Fridays which is a gallery walk through the Chinatown and downtown areas.

It takes place on the first Friday of the month from 5-9pm. On the lower level is an excellent cafe on site that uses fresh, local ingredients. There is a gift shop as well.

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