September 14, 2018

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Museum throws party in honor of Ho‘oulu: Hawai‘i: The King Kalākaua Era

WHAT: ARTafterDARK: 'Hawai‘i Avant Garde'
WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.
COST: $25, free for museum members
INFO: Phone, (publishable)
High-res images available on request.

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—On view from Sept. 15 until Jan. 27, the exhibition Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i: The King Kalākaua Era is an exploration of how a forward-looking nation created a cosmopolitan identity that took its place on the world stage. This milestone exhibition is the inspiration behind this month's ARTafterDARK: 'Hawai‘i Avant Garde,' taking place on Sept. 28. This event is sponsored by Servco Lexus.

For the first time, Waikiki Brewing Company is teaming up with the museum to launch a beer made specifically for an exhibition. Called Hoʻoulu HoMA IPA, guests can try the beer at this month's ARTafterDARK—and at Waikiki Brewing Company locations while the exhibition is open. A brewer since 2011, owner Joe Lorenzen’s extensive knowledge of beer led him to research how he could also incorporate Hawaiian tradition into the beer. "I wanted to do something to kind of tie it into Hawai‘i as well," he said. Waikiki Brewing Company will be baking ti root—used to make the ancient Hawaiian spirit okolehao—in an imu to develop the sugars, and that will lend the beer "an earthy sweetness."

DJ Mermaid will be set up in Luce Courtyard to spin sweet mele. 

At 7:30pm, guests can mosey on over to Central Courtyard to watch ukulele virtuouso Taimane perform for an hour. 

Fashions from local designer Kini Zamora will also be featured. 

Food will be provided by EAT Honolulu, and will include: a chicken katsu slider; seared, locally caught kajiki tataki; a roasted vegetable tart; and slow roasted kalua pork. 

Free Spirits Mobile Bartenders will be in attendance to serve drinks. The specialty cocktail of the evening will be a "modern take on a classic cocktail," featuring Old Lahaina Rum, pineapple juice and coconut water.


Members who download the HoMA app can skip the line and glide right into the event using their digital membership card. All they have to do is search “Honolulu Museum of Art” in the Apple App Store or Google Play, download the app, and go to “My account” to log in and view their already activated digital membership cards.

Here’s what art lovers can look forward to next month:

Oct 26: CarnEvil, ARTafterDARK’s annual Halloween blowout.


Launched in 2004, ARTafterDARK is the Honolulu Museum of Art's monthly art party organized by a dynamic group of young volunteers dedicated to exploring the arts. ARTafterDARK is held on the last Friday of the month, January through October, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the grounds of the Honolulu Museum of Art. 


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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, a shop, 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.


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Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: 2411 Makiki Heights Drive
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