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Hawaii State Art Museum

250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2831
+1 808-586-0300
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Excellent art

The art displays are impressive. There are multiple painters with mixed media presented on the... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Travln-Dawg
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Kirkland, Washington
Hiden treasure in the heart of downtown Honolulu

People pass by this building everyday, but most have know idea what is inside. There is Hawaiian... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2017
Robert D
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit the Hawai'i State Art Museum (HiSAM). HiSAM is located on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i, 96813. Admission is free at all times. Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. First Friday, the downtown art event held on the first Friday of each month, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (galleries close at 8:30 p.m.) Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays. HiSAM has four galleries - the Diamond Head Gallery, the Ewa Gallery, the Sculpture Lobby, and the Sculpture Garden. 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 is 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 12 April 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 17 April 2017

Thank you for your visit and your review!

Reviewed 7 March 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.

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

Thank you for visiting and thank you for your review!

Reviewed 3 March 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 7 March 2017

Thank you for visiting and thank you for your review!

Reviewed 20 February 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 22 February 2017

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Reviewed 3 January 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 4 January 2017

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Reviewed 29 December 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 4 January 2017

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Reviewed 19 December 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 19 December 2016

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

So in one day I did this and the "Honolulu art museum", where my hopes was biggest for this one but it turned out that the second one was the surprise of the day. This art museum has quite a limited exhibition and whilst it...More

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

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

When we visited in October this museum had an excellent exhibit on tapa/kapa cloth that is found throughout Polynesia. Additionally there's an outside pool area with sculptures. Note that the inside cafe and gift shop closes 1-2 hours before the museum does. However, the price...More

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

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Reviewed 1 December 2016

this was one of the highlights of our sightseeing in honolulu. took the bus from waikiki, easy to do. free admission. art gallery on the second floor. to the right is art from their past. and on the left is a collection from artists now....More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2016

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Response from Mamiko C | Property representative |
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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