June 13, 2018

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Museum celebrates Okinawan culture with live music and dance performances, and special katachiki workshop 

WHAT: Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Ryukyu
WHEN: Sunday, June 17, 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—Hawai'i has the largest Okinawan descent outside of the Ryukyu Islands. With a history that spans more than a century, this community has proudly maintained a distinct cultural identity while contributing to the diversity of the islands. With such strong cultural ties, the museum recently opened the exhibition Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art. At the exhibition, guests are able to view Okinawan treasures. Now families can explore the arts and culture of Okinawa at this month's Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday.

Keiki will be able to make their own shisa (a doglike mythological guardian against evil) out of clay. Or if they prefer to wear their art, they can make a hachimaki (headband).

Kids can pick up on some Okinawan language by creating their own language flashcards and learning how to count numbers. The museum will have a version of the game Let's Go Fishin' to will help little ones hone in on their fluency. They will also have a chance to win a mini-book of Okinawan phrases so they can continue to practice long after Sunday.

The Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii (OGSH), which promotes Okinawan family heritage, will be there to help folks explore and research their family roots in Okinawa.

Throughout the day, guests will be able to enjoy live music and dance performances— such as traditional drumming—by Ukwanshin Kabudan, a Ryukyu Performing Arts Troupe, and the Young Okinawans of Hawaii.

This Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday also welcomes a special katachiki (bingata) workshop. Artists Kimiko Uchida and Etsuko Kawano will guide kids through the process of dying fabrics with bright colors, patterns and shapes. To learn more about how to reserve a space, please email.

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 winning drawing will be on the cover of the program for next 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. This Spalding House Family Day is going to everything dads, since Sunday is also Father's Day. Listen to storytelling by Nancy Kulp at 12pm and 1:30pm. Sip on lemonade and talk story with dad on the Spalding House lawn. Keiki can take a photo with their dad or another family member and then create a small hanging picture frame for it to live in.


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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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