September 15, 2016

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Families can see real robots from Kalani High School’s Robotics team    

WHAT: Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: ART2-D2
WHEN: Sunday, September 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,
High-res images available on request. 

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘IIn anticipation of the artificial intelligence boom and the machines’ subsequent dominion over mankind, and in an obvious attempt to get on the good side of our future robot overlords early, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: ART2-D2.

Science and art collide as kids get creative with littleBits—color-coded electronic building blocks that kids can piece together to create their own inventions that light up, move, and make sound. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. families can visit Kalani High School’s Robotics Team and see real robots in action.

Families can make robot masks with colored foam, pipe cleaners, and LED lights. Then they can cut out and decorate paper robots and make them glide through the air using straws and string. Over at the Art School kids can see other ways in which science and art come together in the Honolulu Printmakers’ exhibition ART/SCI 2016: Where Art and Science Meet.

The Doris Duke Theatre presents The Iron Giant, the perfect film for a day of robot-themed fun. Brad Bird’s directorial debut follows Hogarth Hughes as he lives out every young boy’s dream when he befriends a giant robot from outer space. But when a government agent learns of the robot’s existence, he calls in the military to intervene.

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 Mallory Watanabe won with her interpretation of ART2-D2.

See the full schedule.

Take a free shuttle up to Makiki Heights for the museum’s free family day at Spalding House, where the robot-inspired fun continues. Kids can work with members from Oahu Makerspace and make art inspired by the inner-workings of machines, then fly a drone with Hawaii Drone Academy to get a bird’s-eye view of Spalding House and Honolulu. 


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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):

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

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