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The First First Friday Honolulu Art Gallery Walk is tomorrow - JANUARY 4TH, 2019 (see details below). Come on down to Chinatown/Downtown from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (with after hour activities until 2:00 am) and visit the galleries and merchants and enjoy their impressive array of exhibits and events.

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Profiles Of The Month - JANUARY 2019

View profiles of the month and previous profiles of the month on FirstFridayHawaii.Com.
  • Hawaii State Art Museum

  • Association of Hawaii Artists

  • James Anshutz Photography

  • Smith's Union Bar

  • Kan Zaman - Moroccan & Lebanese Restaurant
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- View the highlights and big events for this First Friday
Hawaii State Art Museum First Friday: Art, Music and Fashion (1/4/2019 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm)

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! More...

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HASR Bistro First Friday Featuring Ben Vegas & Maila Gibson (1/4/2019 - 4:00 pm - 11:30pm)

Happy hour entertainment and special dinner menu... reservations recommended. As always, you can purchase a HASR Logo glass for $5. See you there! More...

The Arts At Marks Garage First Friday (1/4/2019 - 6 -10pm)

The ARTS at Marks Garage is a community arts center with a 1,000 sq. ft. gallery, a 1,000 sq. ft. theater, and a 1,000 sq. ft. office space founded in 2001. Marks is home to 13 performing and visual arts businesses including Youth Speaks Hawaii and Hawaii Shakespeare Festival. 45,000 visitors attend 13 exhibits and 150 performances each year. More...

Ethiopian Love Restaurant (1/4/2019 - 5pm - 10pm)

Ethiopian Love Restaurant, 2018 Hale Aina Award winner: Finalist in Best Vegetarian More...

Hawaii Theater by Hank Taufaasau

Inspiration: The anchor of the new Chinatown, refurbished to the tune of 21 million dollars. A typical mid-morning when school children are attending a special affair. More...

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Ong King: The 1st First Friday of a Fresh Year (1/4/2019 - 7:30pm - 2am)

The Bell will have been rung on Tuesday, but we will be celebrating the New Year on Friday... with a Fresh assortment of music, art, Friendly faces... and of course your favorite beverages including Kava. Come start the year in style, and dance your worries away, to set the vibe for this next circle round the sun. More...

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Louis Pohl Gallery - "The Scenic Journey" (1/4/2019 - 5pm - 9pm)

Featuring Linh Tang, Frances Wong and Barbara Sumida. The Louis Pohl Gallery is dedicated to featuring Hawaii artists whose works reflect the standards of excellence, creativity, and inventive spirit for which its namesake was known during his lifetime. More...

HiSAM Gallery Shop x MORI by Art+Flea - Art, Music and Fashion (1/4/2019 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm)

Join us for our Winter Swell art exhibition featuring local artists Laura Mellow and Steven Kean! Party with celebrity guest DJ and champion big wave surfer Keala Kennelly. Live performance by surf rock band Men In Grey Suits. Pop up by jewelry artist Babs Miyano-Young. Shaka Tea tasting and giveaway. More...

First Friday at Downbeat - Foundation Meets Dancehall (1/4/2019 - 5-2am)

Pressure Down Sounds and Rudies Hi-Fi spin strictly-vinyl all-night reggae grooves for First Friday at Downbeat Lounge. Vintage wax mixes of dancehall, ska, rocksteady and more by guest selectors, Zion Coptic Sounds and Irie-Sistable. More...

Pantheon Contemporary (Hawaii Theatre Center) Featuring Japanese Urushi and Ettore Sottsass (1/4/2019 - 6:oopm - 9:30pm)

An Installation hall in the heart of Honolulu's art district. Art Hall, Pantheon Contemporary of the Hawaii Theatre Centre is proud to present its first international exhibition, Japanese Urushi and Ettore Sottsass. The exhibit showcases 22 unique works of urushi made by urushi craftsmen in Japan. More...

Owens & Co. (1/4/2019)

10% OFF SPECIAL! Owens & Co. is a unique boutique located in the Chinatown Arts district of Honolulu. Owens & Co. offers a fantastic collection of home accessories, gifts, as well as vintage items. Please stop by to check out the shop. More...

The Naughty Vegan Studio & Good Vibe Center Ecstatic Dance! - First Friday (1/4/2019 - 7PM - 10PM)

A location dedicated to the preservation of the animals, the planet, and ourselves. We offer yoga, tattoos, education, and we are an art gallery. We will have tattoo specials, music, snacks, and amazing art. Come join @goodfoodmovement and @goodvibecenter as welcome in the new year with Ecstatic Dance. Check the flyer for details. Parking is $1 an hour in our building 918 Smith Street. More...

Indigo Alliance Hawai'i First Friday - Psychic Fair (1/4/2019 - 5pm - 8pm)

Psychic Fair Discount Readings Come and Check us out INDIGO Alliance Hawai'i is a spiritual energy center in the heart of Honolulu's Chinatown, hosting two treatment and reading rooms and a small shop with your conscious living necessities. We will have 15 minute readings for $20 More...

HASR Wine Co. Wine Tasting (1/4/2019 - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

It's that time again...First Friday and the Chinatown Artwalk is on... Please stop in and taste great wines. More...

Interactive Map of First Friday Art Walk Event Calendar - JANUARY 4th, 2019

Last update: 1/3/2019 Interactive map of event calendar. More...

Hawaii Theatre - COMING JANUARY 2019 EVENTS

Proclaimed as the "Pride of the Pacific," the beautiful Hawaii Theatre, built by the Consolidated Amusement Company, opened its doors September 6, 1922 in downtown Honolulu. More...

Downbeat Diner and Lounge Present... COMING january 1st - 15th 2019 EVENTS & PROMO FLYERS

View flyers of coming events at Downbeat Diner and Lounge More...

Honolulu Magazine Features Article on First Friday Honolulu Art Walk

Great article on First Friday Honolulu Art Walk in Chinatown - Honolulu, Hawaii More...

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University Of Hawai'i Art Gallery - COMING EXHIBITS - Coming Events at University of Hawaii Art Gallery More...

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Ho'omaluhia New Year 2019 Invitational Exhibition - January 5-27, 2019

The Association of Hawaii Artists (AHA) is a vibrant non-profit organization. AHA is not only the longest established, but, also the most diverse art organization in Hawaii. More...

Plein Air Painting on Location with Mark N. Brown (12 Week Oil/Acrylic Art Class - Honolulu, Hawaii) - Winter Art Class 2019

If you're ready to take your art to a higher level. Let island scenery inspire you. Paint as a group at Oahu's beaches, mountains, and parks. Come prepared to paint at the first meeting, when later locations are announced. Students show their work in a group art show at the end of class, time and place to be determined. Course covers basic acrylic or oil painting for beginning to advanced students. Students provide their own transportation to painting locations. More...

The ARTS at Marks Garage - JANUARY 2019 Update

Find out what's happening this month at The ARTS at Marks! More...

"The Story of Everything" by Kealoha @ Hawai`i Theatre (March 22nd) early ticket discounts available now!!

"The Story of Everything" is an original creation story based on multiple knowledge systems. It explores the question "Where do we come from?" Through this work, the poet will dramatize explanations for human origin, drawing from sources as diverse and yet interconnected as the Big Bang Theory, disco, genetics, Michael Jackson, and the Kumulipo. It will explore how various cultural elements and scientific disciplines can be used to approach a question about existence that has challenged humans from the very beginning. Kealoha's performance traces the beginning of life from simple forms that evolve into complex relationships, and ends with a provocation: "Where do we go from here? What's next?" More...

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts - Call for Applications: Apprentice Mentoring Grants

The purpose of the Apprentice Mentoring Grant is to support advanced sustained training and mentoring of next-generation cultural practitioners, especially cultural practitioner teachers, in order to build cultural capacity living cultures in Hawai`i. More...

Mayor's Office Of Culture & The Arts Honolulu (MOCA) Newsletters JANUARY 2019 - FEATURED EXHIBITS/EVENTS

The mission of MOCA is to promote the value of arts and culture throughout communities in the City and County of Honolulu. MOCA's objectives are to attain per-eminence in culture and the arts; to perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritages of its entire people; to promote a community environment, which provides equal and abundant opportunity for exposure to culture and the arts in all its forms; and to encourage and provide equal opportunity for the development of culture and the artistic talents of the people of Honolulu. More...

Hawaii State Foundation On Culture and The Arts JANUARY 2019 Newsletter

The Hawai'i State Art Museum is dedicated to presenting the largest and finest collection of works by Hawai'i artists that celebrate the diverse artistic and cultural legacy of Hawai'i.
In This Issue
  • Artwork Dedicated at Castle High School
  • Patsy T. Mink Sculpture Dedication
  • Sculpture Lobby & Garden at HiSAM
  • Biennium Grants Applications
  • Call for Artists: Young Artists of Hawaii
  • Call for Schools: Poetry Out Loud
  • Professional Development for Classroom Teachers
  • Arts, Music, and Culture Calendar
  • SFCA Board of Commissioners
  • APP Recent and Upcoming Exhibit Visits
  • Hawaii State Art Museum Calendar
  • Holiday Schedule
  • Job Opportunities
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Hawaii State Government Resources
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The Hawai'i State Art Museum is dedicated to presenting the largest and finest collection of works by Hawai'i artists that celebrate the diverse artistic and cultural legacy of Hawaii.
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Bus Detours for JANUARY 4th, 2019 First Friday

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