Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Honolulu Academy of Arts & The Pavillion Cafe... Honolulu Academy of Arts art museum Over the Labor Day Weekend, we visited the Honolulu Academy of Arts. I estimate that I haven't been there for perhaps 20 years! I used to go there a lot for elementary school field trips and that's the last I remember of it prior to this last weekend. I have been to the Contemporary Museum of Art several times in recent years, but just never made it to the Honolulu Academy of Arts. I think it must be due to the difficult parking options, but Sunday afternoon is a great option for free street parking directly in front!

It is very nice now. I don't even remember the museum having that many things to see back then. I think when we visited for school fielt trips, the tours are cut short to keep elementary school students interested. I definitely know that the galleries were not so well air-conditioned back then and also did not have automatic sensory lighting that would adjust slightly brighter when you entered the gallery. Very impressive renovations done to the Honolulu Academy of Arts since the last time I've been there! =P Honolulu Academy of Arts art museumI don't have many photos of the great displays of art because photography isn't allowed in the galleries. Although, photography is allowed in the open courtyard areas.

There are some special collections on display right now.

There was a collection of drawings titled "Goya's Disasters of War" by Francisco Goya. They are a very detailed collection of drawings that appears to be done in pencil. Read the museum's description of this collection here. Honolulu Academy of Arts art Honolulu Academy of Arts art museum
The Honolulu Academy of Arts is on the web at and they are located at 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 <--Google Map. General admission is $10 and they do have other discounted admission rates. Their normal hours are Tuesday - Saturday: 10a-430p and Sunday 1p-5p. They are closed on Mondays, New Year's Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas according to their guide sheet. The first Wednesday of every month is supposed to be FREE and you are able to visit the shop, The Pavillion Cafe and the library for free too. Honolulu Academy of Arts art museum the pavillion cafeWe actually went to the Honolulu Academy of Arts to check out The Pavillion Cafe, but it's not open on Sundays. We're considering the location as a potential spot for an upcoming party. Looks good so far, but I haven't asked if they can accomodate our event yet.

We'll try to check out The Pavillion Cafe another time, but they are only open Tuesday - Saturday during lunch (1130a-2p) so it might be difficult!

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  1. WOW! That's awesome that you went to the Honolulu Academy of Arts! I pass that place at least once or maybe twice a week and never think to stop there! Maybe one day, we will!
    p.s. Your blog cuts off at the end of each sentence on the right side (well, at least it does on my computer)....but have no fear, I could still read your awesome blog!

  2. I JUST emailed someone who lives in Honolulu and tried to describe that amazing metal "screen" with people, animals, tree (which you have pictured in this blog entry) to ask him to find out artist, date, medium and any other available info. Tried "Images" through Google and there you are!! Any answers? Thanks from east coast.

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