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June 19, 2020

HoMA to Reopen July 16: New Evening Hours, Safety Guidelines, and Kamaʻāina Fridays!

The Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) is thrilled to announce it will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 16 with new hours geared toward Hawai‘i residents and several new safety protocols in place, after a nearly four-month closure due to the government’s statewide “shelter-in-place” order in late March.
“Utilizing social media and digital outreach, our focus throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to act as an oasis of art, culture and conversations for our audiences here and throughout the country during a very difficult time,” said Director Halona Norton-Westbrook. “As the community embarks down a path to recovery and new norms, we are truly excited to welcome everyone back to reconnect with the art that we’ve all missed, and surround ourselves in the uplifting and healing environment that our museum represents.” 
Upon reopening, the museum will adjust its days of operation to Thursdays through Sundays and introduce new evening hours. This new schedule will allow the museum to ease back into full operations and allow for maximum accessibility for the community. HoMA will have evening hours on the weekends for the first time since 1972, when it became the first museum in Hawai‘i to do so. 
The museum’s new hours are:
  • Thursdays – 10am to 6pm (extended two hours)
  • Fridays and Saturdays – 10am to 9pm (new evening hours, extended five hours)
  • Sundays – 10am to 6pm (extended two hours)
“HoMA has always been a gathering place for the local community and we’re adjusting our hours to reflect that commitment,” said Deputy Director Allison Wong. “Being open in the evenings will allow local residents who work during the week to relax, unwind and get away from it all in our art galleries and courtyards, much like you might take in a movie or go to a restaurant for an evening out on the weekend.” 
The HoMA Café will be open and observing safe social distancing with grab-and-go menu items, as well as drinks and refreshments. “The idea is that you can gather safely and enjoy an evening beverage under the stars in our courtyards,” said Food and Beverage Director Josh Hancock. “We’ll have options for keiki and adults, so that the whole family can enjoy the unique experience of being in the art museum at night.”
Pau Hana Fridays for kamaʻāina
As a part of HoMA’s ongoing commitment to being accessible and welcoming to the local community, the museum is excited to partner with Hawaiian Airlines® Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard® to extend free admission to all Hawai‘i residents every Friday from 4-9pm through September 11. “We remain committed to elevating the art experience through our longtime partnership with the museum and believe this rare evening setting is a great opportunity for residents from across the islands to reconnect with family and friends in a fun and enriching atmosphere," said Avi Mannis, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Hawaiian Airlines. 
Exhibitions
One of the most exciting aspects of HoMA’s reopening is the extension of 30 Americans, which will remain on view through September 6. The highly acclaimed national traveling exhibition features works by 30 contemporary artists connected through their African American cultural history, and was well-received prior to the museum’s abrupt closure in March.  
Presence features abstract and figurative paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by eleven modern and contemporary African American artists. Works in this exhibition are from the museum’s permanent collection.
The ongoing Hokusai’s Mt. Fuji is an in-depth exploration of Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, one of the most famous ukiyo-e series in HoMA’s collection.
New health and safety measures
Like all other public venues here and around the world that are prioritizing the health and safety of their crowds and audiences, HoMA is adhering to local, state and federal guidance limiting group gatherings and social distancing. The museum will also introduce timed-entrance, contactless payment options, one-way gallery paths to regulate flow of visitors, and the requirement that masks be worn at all times. Enhanced daily cleaning of high traffic areas will be implemented with an emphasis on counter tops, doors, elevator buttons and other frequently touched areas. 
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January 3, 2016

Don't Miss the Ward Village Ice Rink!




My daughter and I finally got to check out Ward Village's outdoor ice rink today (located in the courtyard of the IBM building) and we had lots of fun!  Because it's outdoors, it's not freezing in the ice rink so don't worry if you don't bring a jacket.  If you're a beginner skater like my daughter, you'll find the ice rink size manageable and if you need any assitance, there are staff members inside the rink ready to lend a helping hand.

I also liked that the restrooms were super clean.  A big plus in my book! 





The Ward Village Ice Rink will be open daily, with tickets (including skate rentals) available at the rink at $15 per person for a one-and-a-half hour skate time.  Kopé Coffee Co. will offer hand-crafted beverages and refreshments, including hot cocoa, espresso drinks and more. Rink hours, a calendar of events and additional information are available at www.wardvillageshops.com/icerink.  

Last day to skate is January 10, 2016! 
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June 13, 2013

50th State Fair

Last week Thursday we took the kids to the 50th State Fair since it was a discount night - $2 admission (kids under 40" free) and 2 coupons for all rides.

We arrived at the fair just before 6pm and the line to get in was unbelievably long, but thankfully it moved quickly.

The kids stuck to the "kiddie" rides and had a blast. 

We indulged in some cotton candy and malasadas, and also watched the pig race.



Despite the crazy long lines for everything (entrance, coupon purchase, rides, etc.), we had an enjoyable time at the 50th State Fair!


The 2013 50th State Fair runs through June 30.

Click here for more information on admission, discount days, and more.
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April 17, 2013

RAW:natural born artists Honolulu

Disclosure: I was provided complimentary admission.

One night a month from February to October, RAW:natural born artists - an organization that nurtures the creativity of aspiring fashion designers, photographers, hair & makeup artists, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, models, and performance artists, hosts an event that combines food, fun, and art in various cities throughout the world. 

Locally, RAW:Honolulu, which is run by Showcase Director Cy Carnate, held its first event in June of 2012, and ever since, local artists have been flaunting their talents.

I attended a RAW event which took place at Aloha Beer Company this past Saturday.

It was my very first RAW event, and although there were a lot less artists than I expected to see, I was still very intrigued with the eclectic mix of artists that showcased their photographs, short films, fashion designs, artwork, jewelry, and musical and vocal talents.   

Items on display (and for sale) included art by Cordelia Edison of Cordelia Creatives, amazing ocean photography prints by 14-year old Jeff Bautista, cute and funky fashions from Ancient Design Clothing by Nelli, beautiful jewelry by Shell Eisenberg of Lumyierre Arts, custom grip tape art for skateboards by GrippTide, and so much more.

Throughout the night several musicians performed (they were all fantastic, but the highlight for me was 11-year old Aidan James singing and rocking out on his ukulele), short films were shown, and a fashion show was held which promoted clothing designers and well as hair and make-up artists.

Overall, I personally enjoyed the variety of genres represented, and I discovered so many inspiring artists.

RAW:Honolulu is a great venue that brings together people from all over the island to support the local talent of a diverse group of artists

People of all ages are welcome to attend (yes, children too).  Admission is $10 pre-sale; $15 at the door. Drinks and food (a limited menu) are available for purchase, and I would advise to come early  to get a table (doors open at 7pm).

To find out when the next RAW:Honolulu event is, click here.

To find a RAW event near you, click here.

If you know of an artist to be featured at RAW, or maybe you're an artist yourself, register on the website and the local showcase director will contact you.

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