Visitor Information

Photograph of the entrance to the "EMPHASIZED: eye on scale" exhibit

“EMPHASIZED: eye on scale” exhibit at the Hawaii State Art Museum

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit the Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM). HiSAM is located on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. Admission is always free. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and with extended hours on the first Friday of each month from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., except for state and federal holidays. The museum cafe, Artizen by MW, is open for breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. The museum shop, HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI, features artwork and gift items made by local artists and artisans. View some of the best contemporary art from across the state of Hawaiʻi in our exhibits! HiSAM is a venue for the Art in Public Places Program of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Most of the collection is on display in public buildings, including libraries, schools, and state offices. Artworks in the collection are primarily contemporary works by artists with a connection to Hawai‘i.

red circle with a white line in the center (no entry sign)Please note that building renovation activities may include temporary closures of galleries, restaurant, shop, and/or temporary removal of some artworks. If you would like to check on the gallery, restaurant, and shop status before visiting, please call the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts at (808) 586-0300 or the HiSAM Visitor Services Manager at (808) 586-9959.

The Sculpture Garden is also temporarily closed during building renovation activities, and will be open for First Fridays and special events when it is safe to do so.

Exterior of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum building with "No. 1 Capitol District" across the top and 3 people along the walkway getting ready to enter the building.

Exterior of the Hawaii State Art Museum in downtown Honolulu

Map of downtown Honolulu showing 250 South Hotel Street


"Zima's Note" / Jonathan Hamblin / acrylic on canvas / 1990
EMPHASIZED: eye on scale
Through a selection of works from the Art in Public Places Collection, this exhibition explores the various ways that artists play with scale, and how this in turn affects the viewer’s responses and understanding. View sculptures, paintings, prints, and photos large and small, including two massive ceramic heads by Jun Kaneko. 2nd floor, Diamond Head gallery. Temporarily closed July 8 – August 2, 2018.

HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity tells the story of the past examining the overlapping influences of nature’s bounty and human impact on a fragile environment. View a variety of mediums and techniques in these artworks, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, and photographs. 2nd floor, ‘Ewa gallery. For more information, including a link to an online catalog of the artworks: HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity.

The HiSAM Sculpture Garden on the ground floor of the building was once a recreational area that featured a large swimming pool and bleachers. This area has now been transformed to serve again as an urban oasis. It retains elements that evoke memories of the pool, offering pathways for discovery and sites for reflection. Here in the Sculpture Garden the building, selected plantings, and works of art merge to form a multi-faceted environment that will delight all the senses. CLOSED for your safety during building renovation work, anticipated to re-open later this year. Will also be open for First Fridays (6 – 9 pm) and special events when it is safe to do so.

The independently operated shop HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI and the non-profit volunteer group Friends of the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum host their own shows and art events on the ground floor of the No.1 Capitol District Building. Please refer to their websites and social media for the most up-to-date information about their shows, art sales, and fundraisers.


First Fridays at HiSAM: on the first Friday of each month, the museum galleries are open late, with live entertainment. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., admission is always free. First Fridays at HiSAM are casual and family-friendly.

Second Saturdays at HiSAM: on the second Saturday of each month, free hands-on art activities for all ages are hosted in the first floor Multipurpose Room. All materials are provided. 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m., or while supplies last.

Art Lunch: free “meet the artist” lecture series held on the last Tuesday of each month. Bring your own lunch (or buy one at Artizen cafe!) and feed your creativity! 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

I Love Art Gallery: During museum hours, the hands-on I Love Art Gallery (2nd floor, Diamond Head gallery) gives visitors of all ages a space to learn about art while having fun with building blocks, books, and more. Temporarily closed July 8 – August 2, 2018.

For more information about special events and activities, please see our event calendar or Facebook.


An overhead photograph of desserts by Artizen Restaurant: Center is a rectangular dessert with a piece of flat chocolate across the top and chocolate shaving on top of that. To the right is a round dessert with cut strawberries placed in concentric circles, much like a flower.

Artizen by MW
Café Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Daily menu posted at
Telephone: (808) 524-0499
Instagram: @artizenbymw
Facebook: @artizenbymw

The café is independently operated under a lease agreement between the Friends of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and the State of Hawai‘i Department of Accounting and General Services.


HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI
Shop Hours:
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday
Instagram: @hisam_gs_mori
Facebook: @hisamgsxmori

For more information about the shop, please visit their website: HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop

The gift shop is independently operated under a lease agreement between the Friends of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and the State of Hawai‘i Department of Accounting and General Services.


There is no parking on site. Parking is available at nearby lots, including across Hotel street in the Ali‘i Place building (enter at 1099 Alakea Street, cash only), across Richards Street at Iolani Palace, and metered street parking in the area.

Accessible Parking
Free accessible parking stalls are available in these location for persons with disabilities:

• Iolani Palace grounds (one stall near the Richards Street exit, one stall near the State Archives building, and one stall near the gate leading to the State Capitol)

• Ali‘i Place building parking structure (vehicle entrance at 1099 Alakea Street, pedestrian entrance/exit on South Hotel Street directly across from the Hawai‘i State Art Museum). 2 hour limit.

• State parking lots allow metered spaces in those lots to be used as accessible parking, with a 2 hour limit. Nearby state parking lots include the State Capitol (415 South Beretania Street and Punchbowl Street), and the Kalanimoku Building (corner of Beretania Street and 1151 Punchbowl Street). For a full list of state government parking lots and a map, please visit the Automotive Management Division webpage.

In order to use the spaces, vehicles must display the appropriate placard issued to individuals.


TheBus – many bus routes stop directly in front of or very close to the museum. For routes and schedules, call TheBus at (808) 848-5555 or check online at

The Waikiki Trolley – the Red Line State Capitol Stop is a short walk from HiSAM. For more information, call the Waikiki Trolley at (808) 591-2561, or check online at

Biki Bikeshare – the closest Biki racks are directly in front of the building on South Hotel St. (120 Chinatown/DT – Hotel & Richards), and at the corner of Richards and South Beretania St (121 Chinatown/DT – Beretania & Richards).

Bicycle Racks – nearby Honolulu City & County bike racks are on South Hotel St. near Alakea St., on Richards St. near South Hotel St., and on the lawn between the Hawai‘i State Capitol building and Iolani Palace.


Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
First Friday of each month 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Admission is always free
Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays.

2018 Holidays & Closures
HiSAM is closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays.
August 17, Friday, Statehood Day
November 6, Tuesday, General Election Day
November 22, Thursday, Thanksgiving
December 25, Tuesday, Christmas

2019 Holidays & Closures
HiSAM is closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays.
January 1, Tuesday, New Year’s Day
March 26, Tuesday, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day
April 19, Friday, Good Friday
June 11, Tuesday, King Kamehameha I Day
July 4, Thursday, Independence Day
August 16, Friday, Statehood Day
November 28, Thursday, Thanksgiving
December 25, Wednesday, Christmas


Free guided group tours and docent-led school tours are available upon request. Please allow up to four weeks in advance when scheduling a group tour. More information available here: HiSAM Tours.

For individuals and small groups, free guided tours are available upon request (when docent volunteers are available). Check at the visitor’s desk in the second floor Sculpture Lobby, or call (808) 586-9958.


The Hawai‘i State Art Museum is the “People’s Museum” and belongs to everyone. Please respect those around you by allowing them to enjoy their own museum experience. Please join us in preserving the artwork for future generations. Artwork can be damaged by even the slightest contact. Please refrain from touching the art.

Wheelchair/Stroller Access – Richards Street gate entrance has a walkway leading to the side of the building facing Richards Street. As you come in to the main hallway, turn left to go to the lobby, or turn right to go to the Sculpture Garden. There are two elevators, one on each side of the lobby.

Smoking and Food – Smoking, including e-cigs, is prohibited throughout State buildings. No food or drink is allowed in the museum galleries.

Pets – No animals are permitted on state property with the exception of professionally trained service animals.

Photography – Flash photography is not permitted. Hand-held still and video photography in existing light is allowed in the galleries for private, noncommercial, or educational use (including personal social media accounts – #hawaiistateartmuseum, #HiSAMLife, @hawaiistateartmuseum). Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas designated as “No Photography.”

For press, professional, and other special photography, please contact the Art in Public Places Program. Photo and/or film permits for the building and grounds are available; please contact Visitor Services Manager Scott Young at for more information. For information concerning permissions or photography of works in the Foundation’s Art in Public Places Collection, please e-mail Collections Manager Wanda Anae-Onishi at /phone (808) 586-9952 or Registrar Ozzie Kotani at / phone (808) 586-9956. No photographs in the museum may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission.


The Hawai‘i State Art Museum is available for rentals for special events and parties. Anyone interested in renting the facilities may request or download a HiSAM Rental Information Packet which contains a Rental Handbook, Rental Request Form, and HiSAM brochure. For more information: Facilities Rental Program. The museum café, Artizen by MW, is also available for rental and/or catering. For more information, please contact Artizen by MW at (808) 524-0499 or use the contact form on their website: Artizen Private Dining Request.


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