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IST 605: Honolulu and Oahu Travel Guide

An in-depth guide to where to stay, eat, and visit in Honolulu, (and to a lesser extent Oahu moreover) Hawaii.

Wish You Were Here!

Welcome to the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA)

What I dubbed “the mini-Met of Hawaii”, the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) is the go-to spot for art lovers of all kinds in Hawaii. With origins dating to 1922, this fantastic museum appears far smaller than it really is from the outside, and with over 55,00 unique pieces from ancient to contemporary and from impressionism to religious art, this museum can easily take up a full day. While Honolulu’s other major museum, the Biship Museum, focuses on Hawaiian and Polynesian collections in greater detail, HoMA offers permanent collections including Japanese woodcuts, Georga O’Keef’s, Persian miniatures, Claude Monet’s, contemporary Hawaiian’s, Ancient Egyptian’s, Pablo Picasso’s, and much, much more!

          The museum also offers a café and coffee bar, a large theater, a gift shop, and a wonderful art library visitors are welcome to peruse! The Museum also runs Dorris Duke’s Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, near the Diamond Head Beach Park. Also worth noting, opposite the museum sits Thomas Square Park; a large public park with numerous impressive banyan trees and a unique history leading it to be one only four places in Hawaii where the flag of Hawaii can legally be flown without the US flag accompanying it. Check out Guy H. Kaulukukui’s article in the Honolulu Civil Beat for more on that!

         The Museum is open Wednesday–Thursday 10am–6pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–9pm, and Sunday 10am–6pm (closed Monday and Tuesday). Non-state resident admission is $25.00 for adults but is free for children under 18 (and Hawaii college students with valid ID…), and parking is available nearby streetside, and behind the adjacent Honolulu Museum of Art School for $5.00 for the first five hours. You typically do not need to book in advance, but it never hurts. See the Museum’s website for a full list of FAQs and more information!

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