HiSAM Sculpture Garden
The HiSAM Sculpture Garden 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.
No. 1 Capitol District Building
The building now designated as No. 1 Capitol District Building occupies a site in downtown Honolulu with a rich history. The Hawaiian Hotel, later called the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, was built on the site in 1872 and relocated to Waikiki in the early 20th century. The Army and Navy YMCA then used the original building before it was demolished and reconstructed in 1927 in its present form. Listed on both State and National Registers as an Historic building, it was rehabilitated by the Hemmeter Corporation in the late 1980s. It was acquired by the State in 2000 and became the home of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawai‘i State Art Museum along with several other state offices.
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts – Art in Public Places Program
In 1967 Hawai‘i became the first state in the nation to adopt a “Percent for Art Law.” This visionary legislation sets aside one percent of all state building construction costs for the acquisition of works of art.
This primary purpose of the public art program is to beautify and humanize the built environment. Since the beginning of the Art in Public Place Program, over 5,600 works by more than 1,400 artists have been acquired. These works are displayed in state buildings throughout the islands.
The Hawai‘i State Art Museum furthers the educational objectives of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts by providing greater understanding of the meaning and significance of the arts through exhibition and interpretation of works from the collection.
Art Advisory Committee
Ronald Yamakawa, former SFCA Executive Director
Daniel Chun, FAIA
HiSAM Sculpture Garden Curators
Group 70, International
Linda C. Miki, AIA
Shirley Lum, Designer
Ralph S. Inouye Co., Ltd.
Michael M. Motoda