The Honolulu Museum of Art and Spalding House, about 40 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, contains over 60,000 works of art. The collection houses Asian, European, Hawaiian, American, and contemporary art. Visitors will find works by Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as thousands of ukiyo-e woodblock prints, including “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” by Hokusai. The ceiling near the Doris Duke Theatre showcases Dale Chihuly’s blown-glass sculpture, “Reef.”
HoMA was founded by Anna Rice Cooke and the Honolulu Academy of Arts was built at the site of her former home on Beretania Street. In 2012, The Contemporary Museum at Spalding House, built by Cooke, merged with the academy to create the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Spalding House is tucked away on Makiki Heights. HoMA admission covers both locations and a free shuttle runs between the two every Tuesday. It has five galleries in addition to the Cades Pavilion and outdoor Surface Gallery. The Spalding House Café also offers a picnic-basket lunch and mats so you can eat on the lawn. The expansive garden has fantastical bridges and pathways, as well as moving outdoor sculptures.
For more information, visit http://honolulumuseum.org/.