Visiting an art museum is not necessarily high on the agenda of the average tourist visiting Honolulu, perhaps only seeking beach days, luaus and Pearl Harbour. However, welcoming staff and an interesting collection of art by Hawaiian artists and international artists made this venue a pleasant surprise. I absolutely loved the collection of Japanese prints (some examples below) and in fact, the Honolulu Museum of Art has one of the largest single collections of Asian and Pan-Pacific art in the United States. I was disappointed I was unable to see the classic woodblock print The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai that had been removed from display but I applaud the efforts taken to preserve art for generations to come. Big-name artists on display included Lichtenstein, O’Keefe, Van Gogh, Gauguin et al. This is a venue worthy of being added to the list of serious art buffs.
Highlights from my visit summer 2017: