December 6, 2016

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Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Solstice Celebrations features holiday traditions such as Filipino parols and Christmas cookies 

WHAT: Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Solstice Celebrations
WHEN: Sunday, December 18, 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‘I—’Twas the night before the third Sunday of December, and all through the museum, not a statue was stirring, because they’re statues...statues don’t stir. But the next day is another story—for its last Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday of the year the museum presents Solstice Celebrations.

Making art can be a treat, literally. The day's activities include decorating star-shaped gingerbread cookies with colored sugar and frosting. When the inevitable sugar rush kicks in, kids can burn off energy by making large and miniature parols—star-shaped Christmas lanterns—out of bamboo and recycled materials with the Filipino Association of University Women. Then they can making solstice globes by filling plastic sphere ornaments with ribbon, foliage and beads.

Families can lounge on the Central Courtyard lawn to enjoy holiday favorites played by O‘ahu Civic Orchestra. Then local singer-songwriters Curtis and Annie Kamiya of Mango Season strike a slightly different chord when they take the stage and play a mix of soul, jazz, and funk.

For its Family Film Sunday, the Doris Duke Theatre presents the New York International Children’s Film Festival Best of the Fest Part 2. Family Sunday regulars might remember the museum screened the first selection of festival highlights in October. For the sequel families can expect to see a similar mix of animated and live action shorts that represent the best of the renowned festival.

At Doris Duke Theatre, children age 17 and under always receive free admission to all films and concerts (except on festival opening nights).

The museum invites visitors to enter the popular monthly drawing contest, for children ages 1 to 17. 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, eight-year-old Lena Simonie won with her interpretation of Intimate Universe.

Additional support provided by Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

See the full schedule.

Take a free shuttle up to Makiki Heights for the museum’s free family day at Spalding House, where the fun continues. Kids can make solstice-inspired haku lei using natural and synthetic materials. Susie Roth captivates kids with a holiday magic show and storytelling in the Cades Pavilion at noon and 2 p.m.


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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.

See more information about the event.


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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