May 4, 2017

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Lesa Griffith

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Museum's Doris Duke Theatre and second location Spalding House in Makiki Heights remain open;
project goes forward after delay for nesting terns

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—Since December, the Honolulu Museum of Art’s main location on Beretania Street has been undergoing a beautification project. Funded by the Shidler Family, the museum’s façade and Mediterranean and Central Courtyards have gotten a facelift with new paint and landscaping.

Now, the museum will be closed Sunday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 9, as it undergoes important maintenance to remove two trees that threaten the integrity of the building and safety of visitors.

The museum’s Doris Duke Theatre and Spalding House location in Makiki Heights will remain open.

The museum offers a free shuttle bus to Spalding House, departing from the Honolulu Museum of Art School at 1111 Victoria St. On Sunday, the shuttle begins service at noon and runs continuously until 4pm, departing about every half hour. On Tuesday, the shuttle begins service at 10am, and runs continuously until 4pm, departing about every half hour.

The two trees—a kamani and a mango—are beautiful and offer shade, but close inspection revealed that the size of the trees above and below ground are damaging the museum’s historic building and pose a safety threat to its the almost 300,000 annual visitors.

During high-wind weather, branches break off the trees and crack roof tiles, while the extensive root systems are dangerously close to pushing through the basement walls. In addition, the museum spends thousands of dollars a year clearing the roof gutters of tree debris. In future the museum will be able to allocate that money to the visitor experience.

The museum informed the environmental nonprofit Outdoor Circle of the tree removal, and the organization agreed the removals are necessary.

This project was originally scheduled for the end of March, but, as with the $8 million improvement project for the downtown Capitol District Building, had to be rescheduled when it was found that a resident white tern had a fledgling in the mango tree.

The museum is working with the Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to ensure the safety of the terns during the tree removal.


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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–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):

$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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