Museum outreach: Students use art to communicate the science of Mānoa stream.


In February, Honolulu Museum of Art School instructors took students from Prince Kuhio Elementary and Ala Wai Elementary to Mānoa stream to conduct a scientific and artistic investigation of the waterway, observing how it varies as it makes its way from the mountain to the ocean. The project—known as Mānoa Stream: Mauka to Makai—was designed to raise students’ awareness of their environmental surroundings, develop their observational skills, and learn how to effectively communicate scientific Read more [...]

Shezad Dawood’s Piercing Brightness


Production still from Piercing Brightness. 2013. Directed by Shezad Dawood. Courtesy of UBIK Productions Ltd. The image features Halo, an artwork by John Kennedy, commissioned by Mid Pennine Arts A sense of place pervades the work of British artist Shezad Dawood, but we’re not talking about your picture-postcard nostalgia. Dawood’s first feature film, Piercing Brightness, is at the surface a stylized science-fiction tale, but it could equally be read as a public artwork of sorts. Commissioned Read more [...]

Museum staffers’ HIFF Spring Showcase picks


The Hawaii International Film Festival is the cinema partner of the museum’s Doris Duke Theatre—we love what each other does. Here’s what three movie-loving museum staffers (including our film curator!) are going to see at HIFF’s Spring Showcase, screening now through April 19. Abbie Algar, film curator Mommy April 12 at 8:15pm, April 18 at 3:45pm. Get tix online. Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan is possibly the first person on the planet to shoot a film entirely in 1:1 aspect ratio (think Read more [...]

Hamilton MacFadden, Who?


The discovery of new artists and the rediscovery of established ones are key components of curatorial work. An exhilarating part of curatorial work is the ability to be something of a cultural archeologist and bring to the fore an artist whose work has been consigned to the past due to changing critical taste, shifts in technology, and the demands of motion picture economics. As a longtime Fox Films contract director, Hamilton MacFadden (American, 1901–1977) is indeed worthy of thoughtful rediscovery. Read more [...]

MISSION TO MARS: My Vision for Space Exploration


WASHINGTON (April 15, 2015)—New in paperback from National Geographic, MISSION TO MARS: My Vision for Space Exploration (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1468-4; on sale May 5, 2015; $ 14.95; paperback), by celebrated astronaut and best-selling author Buzz Aldrin and space journalist Leonard David, boldly advocates continuing exploration of our solar system. The book, with a foreword by Aldrin’s son Andrew, lays out Aldrin’s goals for the space program and his belief that we can Read more [...]

Paradise found: The Garden Club of Honolulu’s Shangri La flower show


Hawai’i is relentlessly referred to as a paradise—but what does that word really mean? “Paradise” is actually an old compound, coming to English from the Latin paradisus, from the Greek παράδεισος (parádeisos), derived from early Persian (Old Iranian and Avestan) words for “surrounding” and “wall,” or a walled enclosure, which came to mean a cultivated area, a garden. When museum director Stephan Jost suggested to Garden Club of Honolulu members Read more [...]

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