April 11, 2018

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AIA Honolulu members share their expertise on fun activities for kids; day includes pop-up book swap

WHAT: Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Blueprint
WHEN: Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., activities end at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.
INFO: 808-532-8701, (publishable)
High-res images available on request.

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—April is Architecture Month so the museum, which is on the Hawai‘i State Register of Historic Places, focuses Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday on the art of building design April 15. 

Members of AIA Honolulu will be on hand sharing their architectural knowledge as they help kids build mini houses out of cardboard and decorate the exteriors with collages. Budding architects can also decorate drawings of the museum and create a shark model after seeing the sculpture Present in the Past in the exhibition Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson (which is free for youth 18 and under, $10 for adults).

Guests can see a different aspect of architecture as they watch artist Mark Norseth lead a group of plein-air painters who capture the museum’s distinctive courtyards in watercolor.

Visitors are encouraged to participate in Bank of Hawaii’s pop-up book swap, a mini version of their popular book swap featured at the Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival, happening May 5 and 6. Guests can bring a gently used book to exchange for another book. Books of all family-friendly genres are welcome.

In the Doris Duke Theatre, families can watch free screenings of The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows a showcase of 16 new animated short films, including the Oscar-winning Dear Basketball featuring former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant. Show times are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The museum invites visitors to enter the popular monthly drawing contest for young people age 17 and under. The museum gives contestants a theme and drawing supplies. The winner receives a Supporting-level membership to the Honolulu Museum of Art ($100 value), and his or her artwork is used to create the following month’s event brochure and is posted on the museum website. Last month’s winner was Elizabeth Swan, 11, of Mililani—her detailed blueprint of a floorplan is on the cover of the program for this month’s event.

See the full schedule.

About Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday
Since 2004, the third Sunday of every month at the Honolulu Museum of Art has been free to the public, thanks to Bank of Hawaii. Each event features a program of art activities, entertainment and demonstrations held throughout the museum. See more information about the event.

Families can ride the museum’s free shuttle up to Spalding House in Makiki Heights, where the museum has more free art fun. Kids can fashion mini houses out of wood shapes. Nancy Kulp tells stories about big trucks and the workers who use them to construct all the new buildings around us. Kids can learn about all the different kinds of homes, from traditional hale pili to modern apartments to houseboats in a storytelling session at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. 


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About the Honolulu Museum of Art

One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.

Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. The museum is dedicated to bringing together great art and people to create a more harmonious, adaptable, and enjoyable society in Hawai’i.


Honolulu Museum of Art: 900 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: 2411 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu Museum of Art School: 1111 Victoria Street
Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center: 999 Bishop Street
Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre: 901 Kinau Street (at rear of museum)


Honolulu Museum of Art: Tues–Sun 10 am–4:30pm; closed Monday.

Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: Tues–Sun 10am–4pm; closed Monday.

Admission (permits entry to both museums on the same day):

$20 general admission; $10 Hawai‘i residents and active duty military living in Hawai‘i; children 18 and under are free.

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