Honolulu Academy of Arts

Walked over to the Honolulu Academy of Arts after church today. Admission is free on the third Sunday of each month. It was my first time there since I was a little kid. They recently changed their name to the Honolulu Museum of Art to attract more visitors. There’s a gift shop, café, garden, exhibitions, and special evening events.

Since it was a Family Sunday, there were craft activities and entertainment. There were a number of dance performances and beatbox artist Jason Tom.

I have to say that I was extremely impressed (shocked) with the art collection. I had no idea. When I saw works by Picasso and Gauguin, I thought “no way.” I expected to see a strong Pacific collection, but not art from Egypt, China, and the Italian Renaissance.

I will definitely go back again.

Hawai’i State Art Museum

After cleaning house this morning, I decided to take a walk to the Hawai’i State Art Museum (HiSAM.) Not too many people even know this place exists. I only found out about it on Yelp. It’s a nice, small museum in town across from the ‘Iolani Palace. And it’s free.

One of the two wings features contemporary local artists. I’ve always liked that painting on the left by Jean Charlot.

There are metal pieces, wooden bowls, textiles, and even a children’s learning center in the back.

There’s a sculpture garden outside on the museum grounds. I ran into a fellow KS employee who volunteers there. I learned that this museum hosts events such as First Fridays, weddings, proms, and concerts.

But I was so bummed that the café was closed today. It was pretty much the main reason why I went in the first place.

So I stopped by Pho Nam on the way home for my pho-fix. I had a bowl of rare beef & beef tendon pho. Really hit the spot….