October 11, 2018

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Kathleen Wong

Tel: 808-532-8748

Taylour Chang
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Museum to host free panel featuring leaders of local houseless communities, succeeded by an action event

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—The Doris Duke Theatre will address the topic of houselessness in the islands on Saturday, Oct. 27, for a free event called Home Free: Aloha in Art, Aloha in Action

Despite homelessness being a prevalent talking point in political debates, the voices from the houseless communities are rarely, if ever, included in the discussion of their own future. This event amplifies the voices from houseless communities so that the public can listen and learn from their lived experience.

Home Free: Aloha in Art

On Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1pm, guests are invited to join a moderated conversation discussing houselessness and featuring leaders from houseless communities across the state. This conversation is free with RSVP.

Panelists include Twinkle Borge from Pu‘uhonua O Wai‘anae, Roz Sargent from Waimanalo Beach Park and John Montanona and Andrea Maggard from Kaka‘ako. 

The conversation will be preceded by a presentation of photographs taken by youth from Pu‘uhonua O Wai‘anae depicting the meaning of "home" and "freedom" from their perspective. The photo project is part of the Wolf & Woman Youth Art Program. 

Home Free: Aloha in Action 

On Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10am to 2pm, people are invited to attend a community open house event at Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae in Wai‘anae. Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae is the largest outdoor village in the state and has been featured in international, national and local media as a model alternative to the houseless epidemic. The event includes live entertainment, a tour of the village and in-depth conversations between residents and outside community members. 

These events are a collaboration with the artist-run civic engagement platform For Freedoms, which has launched the largest creative collaboration in our nation's history, The 50 State Initiative. From September to November of 2018, concurrent decentralized public events across the country will take place to reflect a multiplicity of voices and spark a national dialogue about art, education, commerce, and politics.

Special thanks to community partners Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae, Hui Aloha, and Tyrell's Angels. 

The 50 State Initiative is a non-partisan, nationwide campaign to use art as a means of inspiring broad civic participation. It is a national network of concurrent decentralized public events across the country that reflect a multiplicity of voices and spark a national dialogue about art, education, commerce, and politics. Along the way, it aims to build a network of artists, arts institutions and civic leaders and to map and connect the cultural and artistic infrastructure in the United States.

For Freedoms is a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the US. Founded in January 2016, For Freedoms aims to engage artists, policymakers, and the public in the exploration of how creativity and action can combine to form a more perfect union. They seek to use art to encourage and deepen public discussions of pressing civic issues and core democratic values, inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. They aim to be a hub for other artists, arts institutions, and activists who desire to be more engaged with the current political system in each of the 50 states. We have developed a toolkit for partners who would like to engage in local activities to explore what freedom in the 21st century looks like.


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Doris Duke Theatre information: The Doris Duke Theatre opens its doors on Kina‘u Street one half-hour before each film screening and concert.

Film tickets: Available at the theater door on the day of screening, beginning one half-hour before each showing, or online in advance.

Film admission: $12 general admission; $10 museum members; free for children 18 and under

Concession stand: In the lobby, visitors can purchase a variety of classic and local snacks along with hot and cold beverages.

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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