Hawaii State Art Museum

On Saturday, David and I drove to downtown Honolulu to view the work of local artists at the Hawaii State Art Museum on Hotel Street. Though it has been in existence for decades, this was our first visit to this particular museum.  Admission is always free:




The art exhibit is located on the second floor, which has two wings:



This was my favorite painting, “Rainbow Falls, Hilo” by John Thomas:



This was David’s favorite painting, “Waimea Canyon, Kauai” by D. Howard Hitchcock:



We liked the Kapa exhibit, showing kapa (a type of Hawaiian barkcloth) and tools and dyes to make it:




This is a pretty calabash, made in the 19th century:


“Hala and Wave I” by Ben Norris, who was my art history professor at the University of Hawaii during the late 1960s:


There were other works of art in this museum, too many to show here. David and I were very happy we took the time to come here.

13 Responses to “Hawaii State Art Museum”

  1. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    I loved visiting this museum when I lived in Hawaii, especially when they hosted an exhibit of works from the Avery Brundage collection in San Francisco.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      You are probably thinking of the Honolulu Museum of Art, located on Beretania Street, which does have special exhibits from abroad. The museum described today in my post is called the Hawaii State Art Museum, located on Hotel Street, which only exhibits works by local artists in Hawaii.

  2. DJan Says:

    It’s a very interesting museum, and I would visit it often if I lived there. Thanks for the pictures of the two of you. 🙂

  3. Joanne Noragon Says:

    Yes, a great selection. The bark cloth is fascinating. I must read more

  4. Olga Says:

    That is great. Thanks for sharing some of the art.

  5. Christine Says:

    glad you finally made it there, thanks for sharing some of the work.

  6. HiSAM (@hisamnews) Says:

    Thank you for sharing your visit! The Diamond Head gallery is temporarily closed for installation of a new exhibit, “Accession”, and will reopen on Friday, September 2nd. The opening reception will be from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, open to the public; all galleries will be open and Ledward Kaapana (Hawaiian slack key master) will be performing. “Accession” features recent acquisitions by the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, purchased from exhibits across the state. Our exhibit openings are casual, family-friendly events and a wonderful opportunity to meet local artists and art enthusiasts. We hope to see you there!

  7. Linda Reeder Says:

    I always called that bark cloth tapa cloth, but I see that kapa seems to be used more often now.
    Is that bowl a gourd, or is it one of those famous koa wood bowls?

  8. DeniseinVA Says:

    Lovely art gallery and I liked your choices. Coincidentally I have a painting for my post today, one of several to come as next week I intend to do a post on The National Art Gallery in Washington DC. We visited a couple of weeks ago.

  9. Carole Says:

    Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos.

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