The building itself is one of my favorites. Many worthwhile exhibits.
Testament to the cultural vandalism which has taken place in Honolulu during the past 80 or so years. Established in 1927 and, astonishingly, billing itself as Hawaii's 'only' general art museum, this colonial style building contains more than 34,000 pieces of Western and Asian art, though the building isn't large enough to display them all concurrently. Largely through some magnanimous acts of philanthropists, the museum remains open and is also extending its reach to preserving some of the Oahu's morre remarkable architectural landmarks.An oasis of achievement stuck within an island (on an island) of terrible trash.
Formerly known as the Academy of Arts, this Museum also offers art classes and has a cafe!
If you visit the Museum of Art make lunch reservations. The menu is varied and the prices are fair. They have good wine, too. The atmosphere of the entire museum, outdoors and indoors, is peaceful and insulated from the city outside.Large collection of Asian Art including, James A. Michener collection of Japanese Block Prints.
One of the many beautiful museums on the island that displays numerous past to present local artists that depict the beautiful culture that have assimulated on the islands of Hawai'i. This holds many stories to be told to generations who want to see the unfolding of the Hawaiian culture besides the people who have been inspired by the island and its culture. Numerous free to paid events besides donation base entrances and beautiful remodeled cafe where some of the best of the best chefs gather to provide tasteful entreed to bakery goods to pleasure your taste buds.A once private pool where the elite gathered to socialize is now the home to beautiful haunting art work of those who have lived and especially been inspired by the island's culture.
Come for the art, but make sure you call ahead of time and reserve a spot for lunch. Food is great, and it is fun to sit down after looking at all the museum has to offer. The gift shop near the restaurant is amazing. I buy earrings here every time I am in Honolulu. Call from the mainland to get a spot for lunch, you don't want to miss out, and it is very popular.