March 7, 2017

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Kids can learn to write their names in Hebrew and enjoy traditional Israeli folk dance    

WHAT: Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Shaloha
WHEN: Sunday, March 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., activities end at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. 
INFO: 808-532-8701,
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HONOLULU, HAWAI‘IWhile the Doris Duke Theatre screens the 15th annual Honolulu Jewish Film Festival, the museum gives families another opportunity to experience Jewish art, music, dance, and stories with Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Shaloha.

Kids can decorate clay Hamsa hands with markers and water colors. The hand-shaped ornaments are said to protect their owners from the “evil eye,” as well as bring happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. Then they can make tzedakah—which literally means “charitable giving”—boxes with cardboard and colored paper. Then they can use the boxes to collect money that goes to a charitable cause. Families can also learn to write their names and other words in Hebrew.

Families can join a group of volunteers in some traditional Israeli line and circle folk dancing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meanwhile Rabbi Daniel Lev tells an abridged version of the Passover story from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can also go on a docent led tour of works by Jewish artist and works donated by Jewish collectors at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 2:45 p.m.

The Family Film Sunday selection is Abulele. Part of the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival, the film tells the story of Adam, who struggles with loneliness and guilt after the tragic death of his older brother. Adam’s life changes when he meets the mythical monster Abulele who helps him overcome his grief.

The museum invites visitors to enter the popular monthly drawing contest for children ages 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, seven-year-old Tanya Florin of Honolulu won with her interpretation of “Shaloha.”

See the full schedule.    

Families can hop on the museum’s free shuttle up to Spalding House, where they can hear Nancy Kulp read a version of Fiddler on the Roof at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Then they can learn some Yiddish with Gloria Katz. Then kids can use paper, markers, and sparkly plastic jewels to create masks in celebration of Purim.


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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.

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. 


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–Sat 10 am–4:30pm; Sun 1–5 pm; closed Monday.

Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: Tues–Sat 10am–4pm; Sun noon–4pm

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

$10 general admission; children 17 and under are free.

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