We knew there was a Museum of Art in Honolulu, but did not read up on it, and never expected to be so amazed. This time, we arrived by city bus ( # 2 and #13 run from Waikiki), and the first thing we did was make reservations at the Cafe for lunch. Thanks to other reviewers who made us aware that this was necessary. That done, we toured the special exhibit of the works of Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams, completed during their time in Hawaii. Beautiful exhibit and so self explanatory. AND..........to our surprise, all but one of the Ansel Adams photos were on loan from "our" University of Arizona here in Tucson. Funny, how at home we mostly look at his photography of National Parks and people, and in Honolulu, we could very much appreciate and enjoy his photos of the Hawaii of that time. This is a wonderful exhibit, not to be missed.
We still had some time before lunch, so we walked around the building grounds. Absolutely gorgeous ! The various galleries surround beautiful courtyards. There is like a "hush" there, as if one were walking inside a church. So serene, so calming, so pleasing.
The Pavilion Cafe has outdoor seating near gorgeous ceramic sculptures and a waterfall. Lovely setting for an oh so lovely lunch. I had ordered the grilled long eggplant dish, my husband the Anaheim peppers. When our meal arrived, we did not dare begin eating, as each dish was presented as a work of art. Hated to ruin such a beautiful and artistic presentation !
After lunch, we toured the other galleries, and found many unexpected treasures. Paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Gauguin plus many other masters have a home here. Also, lovely porcelain exhibit. (They call it "The China Wall".) Entrance is $10.00 for adults.
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