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Hawaii State Art Museum

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250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2831
+1 808-586-0300
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Showcase of Hawaii artists

An impressive collection of art and sculpture and from Hawaiian artists. Well presented collection... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2017
Ken L
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The best in Hawaii Art

We often forget this wonderful treasure that lies near the State Capitol. It's Ewa galleries are... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2017
Jane A
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Open during renovation work! The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit the Hawai'i State Art Museum (HiSAM). 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i, 96813. Admission is free. Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm. Open late First Friday of each month, 6pm - 9pm (galleries close at 8:30pm). Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays. All artwork on display has a connection to Hawaii (e.g. artist born in raised in Hawaii). Exhibition information is available on our website. Parking available across the street in the Ali'i Place parking structure (entrance at 1099 Alakea St, cash only) or at Iolani Palace (metered parking, 25 cent coins only). Several TheBus lines stop in front of or close to the building. If you are taking a taxi cab, there is a small pull in area on Richards St. Wheelchair access from the Richards St. entry gate, on the Richards St. side of the building.
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250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2831
Downtown Honolulu
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Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

An impressive collection of art and sculpture and from Hawaiian artists. Well presented collection with a good variety of art forms. Entrance was free. At the time of our visit only one gallery was open as museum is being renovated. Well worth a visit. Allow...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2017

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Reviewed September 13, 2017

We often forget this wonderful treasure that lies near the State Capitol. It's Ewa galleries are filled with the best of Hawaii's artists living and deceased. I went there with an artist friend from LA and was so pleased to enjoy the exhibition myself. The...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2017

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Reviewed July 27, 2017

This small museum (very small right now as two parts are closed) has high quality art by artists who live in Hawai'i or who have done work here. The State collection is huge so there are changing exhibits. The space is outstanding for displaying art,...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2017

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Reviewed April 12, 2017

The art displays are impressive. There are multiple painters with mixed media presented on the second floor. Perhaps most impressive to us was the student pieces in their Key Competition. Items from painting to textiles to mixed media were really quite extraordinary in their presentation...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2017

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Reviewed March 6, 2017

People pass by this building everyday, but most have know idea what is inside. There is Hawaiian art, modern art, historical art, and more. The best thing is it is free.

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2017

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Reviewed March 2, 2017

Located on second floor or a beautiful state building, this art find is a surprise. It is small. One side contains many paintings by state immigrants portraying Hawaiian scenes. Shoreline scenes seem to predominate by greatly please. Back section presently contains collection of contemporary Hawaiian...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2017

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Reviewed February 19, 2017

We didn't plan to visit this place but arrived very early for our visit to the Iolani Palace so decided to spend an hour wandering around here and highly recommend it. Its an eclectic collection of Hawaiian themed art, modern art, a private collection and,...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

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Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Free! And so much to see while waiting to go through the royal palace. I was floored when I came across two rare strands of Kahelelani Shell leis and Mamo feather leis reserved for royalty only. Absolutely stunning and simple in their design.

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2017

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Reviewed December 29, 2016

With a high content of local art is is a lively gallery to take in while visiting downtown honolulu readily available by bus and close to the Iolani palace Admission by donation

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2017

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Reviewed December 18, 2016

We stopped in on a whim after a guard came out and asked if he could help us. When we learned the museum was free, there didn't seem much to loose! I was stunned at how much I enjoyed this small museum. The Haig collection...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2016

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Admission is free, as well as all of the events and programs run by the museum and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (the state agency which operates the museum). Regular programming includes First Friday... More
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