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  • Hawaii State Art Museum First Friday: Art, Music and Fashion

  • Type: Exhibit / Entertainment
    Date: Friday - 1/4/2019
    Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    Phone: (808) 586-0307 or
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    Cost: Free
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First Friday at HiSAM - Art, Music and Fashion

Free, family-friendly evening of art, music, and fashion at HiSAM! Admission is always free. Live music with Dayton Watanabe, "On Holiday" fashion show by YIREH and MA.GA.NDA, DJ JohnJohn in the Sculpture Garden, ALT/AIR art + music "dream pop" immersive experience, live printmaking demo by local artist Steven Kean, and more!

Friday January 4, 2019

6:00 - 9:00 p.m., free admission

  • Dayton Watanabe (acoustic guitar) 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., second floor Sculpture Lobby
  • DJ JohnJohn 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., outdoor Sculpture Garden
  • Fashion show by YIREH and MA.GA.NDA. 7:00 - 7:15 p.m. in the outdoor Sculpture Garden. YIREH is Honolulu Magazine's Best of Honolulu 2018 "Fashion Label That Gives Back" editorial pick!
  • ALT/AIR music + art performance with guest DJs 8:00 - 8:20 p.m., ground floor room 103
  • Live woodblock printmaking demo with local artist Steven Kean (Instagram: @keanarts), 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. HiSAM Gallery Shop x MORI on the ground floor.


Alt/Air immersive art and music experience. Photo credit: Aly Ishikuni-Sasaki


Photo credit: YIREH


Photo credit: YIREH



First Friday: Hawaii State Art Museum galleries are open 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., free admission.


The "STATE OF ART: new work" exhibit features recent artworks from across the state of Hawaii, providing a view into the contemporary local art scene.

First Friday at HiSAM: a free, family-friendly evening of art and music. 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., first Friday of each month. Take the elevator or stairs to the second floor.

Contact: Scott Young (Visitor Services Manager), (808) 586-9959 or

Additional activities on the ground floor with the independently operated HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI and Artizen by MW cafe, as well as the 501c(3) non-profit volunteer organization Friends of the Hawaii State Art Museum (Friends of HiSAM), including displays of artwork for sale by local artists.

Contact: Lisa Shiroma, (808) 524-0499 or

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Human beings have been at the center of creative expression since the very beginning of the history of art. Throughout this rich and complex history there has been much attention and scrutiny aimed at the female form. This exhibition consists of a selection of works from the Art in Public Places Collection that puts its focus solely on artistic depictions of men. Ideas of masculinity are presented in ways that are sometimes direct, sometimes fictitious, and sometimes symbolic. MEN brings to the forefront a variety of approaches that artists employ to capture, display and express the male form and psyche. View artworks in the exhibit in our online catalog: MEN.

Artists in the exhibit: Satoru Abe, Bumpei Akaji, Rick Allred, August Becker, Carol Bennett, Jean Charlot, Margaret Ezekiel, Francis Haar, Allen Hori, Robin Kaye, Kenneth Kerslake, Oldrich Kulhanek, Wayne Levin, Belinda Ling, Huc Mazelet Luquiens, Susan Martin Maffei, Melinda Morey, John Takami Morita, Ben Norris, Louis Pohl, Brian Sato, David B. Smith, James Surls, Dietrich Varez, Paul Weissman, Gwen Whitney, and Kaina Young.

September 7, 2018 -- January 2019


STATE OF ART: new work

For more than fifty years, the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaiªi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has been recognized as one of the most significant collections of contemporary art of Hawaiªi. This exhibit invites you to engage with a selection of recent additions to the collection from across the Hawaiian Islands. The thirty-one artworks acquired from eighteen exhibitions offer an insight into current trends and themes in the local arts scene and provides an opportunity to see the diversity of works being created in Hawaiªi today. SFCA Executive Director Jonathan Johnson says "this exhibit is what's going on in Hawaiªi through the eyes of artists." View artworks in the exhibit in our online catalog: STATE OF ART: new work.

Artists in the exhibit: Doug Britt, Bai Xin Chen, Kelly Ciurej, Janet Davis, Elizabeth Forest, Yoko Haar, Dennis Hakes, Daniel Harano, Charlton Kupaªa Hee, Brad Huck, Zenobia Lakdawalla, Tom Lieber, Robert Lober, Michelle Martin, Marques Marzan, Deyana Mielke, Yoonmi Nam, Paula Nokes, Mia O., Jon K. Ogata, Nisha Pinjani, Hiroko Sakurai, Marilee Salvator, Jennifer Stephens, Jonathan Swanz, Mark Tanabe, Masami Teraoka, Lori Uyehara, David Valdez, and Hana Yoshihata.

August 3, 2018 -- September 2019


EMPHASIZED: eye on scale

Through a selection of works from the Art in Public Places Collection, this exhibition explores the various ways that artists play with scale, and how this in turn affects the viewer's responses and understanding. View artworks in the exhibit in our online catalog: EMPHASIZED: eye on scale.

Featured artists: Carol Bennett, Pat Catlett, Lee Chesney, Christopher Cole, Dorothy Faison, Sally French, Dennis Hanshew, Claude Horan, May Izumi, Virginia Jacobs, Jun Kaneko, Paul Kodama, Freeman Lau, Cade Roster, Bruna Stude, Masami Teraoka, Allison Uttley, and John Wisnosky. Second floor, Diamond Head gallery.

October 6, 2017 -- closing date to be determined



HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity includes 130 artworks from the Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and tells a story of the past, examining the overlapping influences of nature's bounty and human impact on a fragile environment.

As you walk through the exhibit, you will see art that reflects on the forces of nature and man's intrusion. Relevant quotes are placed on walls to help the viewer understand the meaning.

"Hopefully the exhibition will express something of what this place is like. What Hawai‘i is like," exhibit designer Tom Klobe said. "It is important for us who live here and people who are visiting to understand."

Second floor, Ewa Gallery. Through May 2019. View artworks in the exhibit in our online catalog: HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity.


Ground floor exhibits in the shop and cafe are organized and supported by the Friends of the Hawaiªi State Art Museum (a volunteer non-profit group) and the HiSAM Gallery Museum Shop x MORI. Please visit their websites for information about their current exhibits and events.

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The Hawai'i State Art Museum is located in No. 1 Capitol Distric Building at 250 South Hotel Street. The building is situated in the historic Hawaii Capital Cultural District, across from 'Iolani Palace and the State Capitol. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the Hawai'i State Art Museum call (808) 586-0900

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