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  • Hawaii State Art Museum First Friday: JUNE 2022

  • Type: Exhibit / Entertainment
    Date: Friday - 6/3/2022
    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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      Hawaii State Art Museum First Friday June 3rd,, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


      Free, family-friendly evening of art and music at HiSAM! June First Friday is also the first day of the Queer Arts Festival, celebrating Queer Art & Community in Hawaiʻi at HiSAM!

      Admission is free and all ages are welcome!

      6:00-9:00pm “After Kimo As Serena” Group Exhibition, curated by Sami Akuna and Josh Tengan (POD space), featuring:
      Patrick Mizumoto
      Lauren Hana Chai
      Joseph Chiarello
      Reise Kochi
      Raven O/Keoni Kaapuni
      Dane Nakama
      Ikaika Ho “The Flirty Hippy” (jewelry workshop available during event)
      6:00-9:00pm RAVE (infinity rmx) – Mirror Room Installation by Bradley Capello and Madi
      6:10-6:30pm Live performance and reading by KAMAMO HOUSE (Sean Choo) – Sculpture Garden
      6:30pm-8:30pm GENERATION NEXT Drag Show by MDR – Sculpture Garden
      8:00pm-8:30pm Museum Drag Tour with Cocoa Chandelier – Ewa Gallery


      “After Kimo As Serena” POD Group Exhibition: A group exhibition celebrating queer art and artists in Hawai’i. Curated by Sami Akuna & Josh Tengan. The exhibition centers on a black and white photograph in the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in Public Places Collection. Taken in 1989 by Suzanne Saylor, the photo depicts a young, androgynous Kimo dressed as an alter-ego or an alternative self, Serena. While not much is known about the photo’s origins, it may reveal the photographer’s interest in non-traditional western notions of gender and sexualities.  This exhibition, organized on the occasion of the first Queer Arts Festival 2022, is the beginning of a queer analysis of the State’s art collection and serves as a small and incomplete survey of queer contemporary art in Hawaiʻi today.

      Cocoa Chandelier / Sami Akuna
      Sami L.A. Akuna aka Cocoa Chandelier has performed in Asia, Europe, North America, and across the Pacific. With over 30 years of professional contribution in dance/theatre and performance, Sami is recognized by the Hawai‘i dance community as an award winning and master artist. He has choreographed for and performed with numerous companies including being a principal dancer with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Artistic Director of Giinko Maraschino, and most recently collaboration with Piko Dance Arts. Sami holds three degrees from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) including a BFA in Dance, BFA in Theatre, and the MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Asian Theatre Directing and Dance. As an educator, Sami has over a decade of academic experience in teaching dance, choreography, performance, and lecture courses, as well as choreographing for productions, at UHM and Leeward Community College. Sami began a career in Butoh and Drag in 1991 as a product of the Club Kid scene in Hawai‘i, performing at various nightclubs, house parties, and non-traditional performance settings. Cocoa Chandelier, Sami’s alter ego, travels continuously as an advocate and spokesperson for TransYouth the LGBTQ community, HIV/AIDS.

      Josh Tengan is an independent curator and writer from Pauoa, Kona, Oʻahu. He was the Assistant Curator of the second Honolulu Biennial 2019, To Make Wrong / Right / Now curated by Nina Tonga. In 2021, he returned to the organization as an exhibition manager for Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022. Since 2015, he has worked with local and Native Hawaiian artists, through the arts non-profit Puʻuhonua Society, to deliver Hawaiʻi’s largest annual thematic contemporary art exhibition, CONTACT, which offers a critical and comprehensive survey of local contemporary visual culture. In 2022, he was a co-editor of the publication CONTACT 2014-2019, which memorialized the exhibition series. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Puʻuhonua Society and is the gallery manager of Arts & Letters Gallery in Nuʻuanu-Chinatown.
      FEATURING Patrick Mizumoto, Lauren Hana Chai, Joseph Chiarello, Reise Kochi, Raven O/Keoni Kaapuni, Dane Nakama, Ikaika Ho “The Flirty Hippy”

      Mirror Room Installation: RAVE (infinity rmx) by Bradley Capello and Madi
      Bradley Capello is a contemporary visual artist residing in Kaimukī, Hawaiʻi. He was born and raised in Waialua, Hawaiʻi and Los Angeles, California, and earned a degree in printmaking at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Capello’s work plays with the ideas of love and obsession, prayer and devotion, hedonism and restraint, sacred and secular. With an appreciation for the readymade and a predilection of excess, his work often takes the form of site-specific installation and mixed media sculpture.

      Sean Joseph Choo is an actor, composer, and writer based in Honolulu.  He is invested in imagining how religion, queerness, and culture intersect and conflict.  Sean is dedicated to the stories and people of Hawai’i. Lead Steward and Head Jester of Kamamo House, an artist cultivation organization and theatre collective, Sean planted the seed for Kamamo House after seeing a need for greater representation of the unseen and unheard in Honolulu’s performing arts community. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists, improvhi, the Playwright Development Committee at Kumu Kahua Theatre, and a fellow of the inaugural 2021 Creative Lab Hawai’i Playwrights Immersive Program.

      GENERATION NEXT Drag Show by MDR
      Featuring Britney Glamazon, Midori, Mayari, Alexa Aura, Omnia Nova, Catherine D’cantor, Nina Newkirk, Lily Koi, Anna Mei


      TheBus – many bus routes stop directly in front of or very close to the museum. For routes and schedules, call TheBus at (808) 848-5555 or check online at
      The Waikiki Trolley – the Red Line State Capitol/Iolani Palace Stop is a short walk from HiSAM. For more information, call the Waikiki Trolley at (808) 591-2561, or check online at
      Biki Bikeshare – the closest 
      Biki racks are directly in front of the building on South Hotel St. (120 Chinatown/DT – Hotel & Richards), and at the corner of Richards and South Beretania St (121 Chinatown/DT – Beretania & Richards).
      Bicycle Racks – nearby Honolulu City & County bike racks are on South Hotel St. near Alakea St., on Richards St. near South Hotel St., and on the lawn between the Hawai‘i State Capitol building and Iolani Palace.

      There is no parking on site. Parking is available at nearby lots, including across Hotel street in the Ali‘i Place building (enter at 1099 Alakea Street, cash only, closes at 8:00PM), across Richards Street at Iolani Palace, the Kalanimoku Building, Kinaʻu Hale/Department of Health, State Capitol basement, Honolulu City Municipal Parking, and metered street parking in the area.

      Free accessible parking stalls are available in these locations for persons with disabilities:

      Iolani Palace grounds (one stall near the Richards Street exit, one stall near the State Archives building, and one stall near the gate leading to the State Capitol)
      Ali‘i Place building parking structure (vehicle entrance at 1099 Alakea Street, pedestrian entrance/exit on South Hotel Street directly across from the Hawai‘i State Art Museum). 2 hour limit.
      State parking lots allow metered spaces in those lots to be used as accessible parking, with a 2 hour limit. Nearby state parking lots include the State Capitol (415 South Beretania Street and Punchbowl Street), and the Kalanimoku Building (corner of Beretania Street and 1151 Punchbowl Street). For a full list of state government parking lots and a map, please visit the 
      Automotive Management Division webpage. In order to use the spaces, vehicles must display the appropriate placard issued to individuals.


      Hawaiʻi Triennial exhibit. Free admission to the State Art Museum and the Hawaiʻi Triennial exhibit at the State Art Museum. Exhibit dates: February 18 – May 8, 2022.
      Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition and exhibit for students grades 7-12. Exhibit dates: February 18 – March 12, 2022. Free admission.

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      Artworks on display in the Hawai‘i State Art Museum are from the 
      Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, or student art competitions (the Annual Hawai‘i Regional Scholastic Art Awards and Annual Young Artists of Hawai‘i). Most of the Art in Public Places Collection is on display in public buildings, including schools, libraries, and state offices. The collection can be viewed and searched online: Art in Public Places Catalog.

      Click here for current exhibits and more exhibit details

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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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