November 15, 2016

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Families can create their own little universes out of LEGO®, watercolor, sand, or soil

WHAT: Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Intimate Universe
WHEN: Sunday, November 20, 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, HAWAIIYou’ve unlocked this press release with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension—a dimension of art activities, a dimension of entertainment, a dimension of quality family time. You’re moving into a land of mini ecosystems and colorful landscapes, of circus performers and LEGO® structures. You’ve just crossed over into Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Intimate Universe.

Families can explore the exhibition Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe to be inspired by the Chinese contemporary artist’s otherworldly hand scroll paintings then let their imaginations transport them to distant planets by creating colorful landscapes using watercolors. They can also create a terrarium using colored sand, rocks, soil, plants, and model animals.

Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday favorites LEAHI returns with their intricate LEGO® displays. Kids can survey the impressive structures, ask the group questions about their creations, then build their own little LEGO® worlds. Circus Olina trains kids to join the circus by helping them to learn the balance beam, juggling, spinning plates and hula hoops. Then the multi-talented performer finishes the afternoon with a magic show.

For its Family Film Sunday, the Doris Duke Theatre presents the animated film Phantom Boy. A mysterious illness turns Leo into a phantom boy, able to leave his body and explore New York City as a ghostly apparition. Leo uses his powers to help a New York City cop take down a nefarious gangster who has thrown the city into chaos.

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 create imaginative collage landscapes. Then they can head to the Spalding House garden and participate in a drawing contest. The winner will receive a family picnic lunch from Spalding House Café. Outside of Spalding Houes Café at noon and 2 p.m. Nancy Kulp tells a Native American legend, and the story of the first Thanksgiving.    


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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.    


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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