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First Friday / HB19 exhibitions

  • Chinatown Honolulu 1110 Nuuanu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96817 (map)

First Friday / Honolulu Biennial 2019 @ Chinatown Arts & Capitol District:

Art as part of the downtown loop of Honolulu, featuring many of the city’s most important historic buildings in complement and contrast to the bustling nature of the city’s urban center. Aliʻiolani Hale, Foster Botanical Garden, Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and YWCA Laniākea along with 4 pop-up locations will host works from Honolulu Biennial artists to include 10 new commissions and 10 site-specific installations.

SaVAge K'lub HQ - Open Hale

1111 Nu'uanu Ave.  6p-9p

Cult.VA.tions, FAB.rications, Acti.VA.tions..a place to music, meet, host, talk story, workshop, create work, perform and play. Ongoing studio take overs by interested local & visiting artists.

Ei Arakawa’s - Surrounded by Biennials

Worldwide Tours & Travel Service Inc, 1120 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu
Kingdom Jade & Jewelers, 60 Maunakea St, Honolulu
Ohana Lei’s & Flowers, 69 N. Beretania St, Honolulu

Arakawa's innovative approach, where an in-depth urban study precedes the appointment of 4 trans-disciplinary creative mediators who collaborate to genuinely integrate the Biennial into the social, cultural, and political fabric of the city of Honolulu.

His work can be viewed at these locations and times.

Foster Botanical Garden

180 N Vineyard Blvd. 9a-4p

HB19 artists Bernice Akamine, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Misaki Kawai, Leland Miyano, Bruna Stude and Amy Yao.  

Hawaii State Art Museum

250 South Hotel St. 6p-10p

Check out the visual works of HB19 Artists: Bernice Akamine, Abraham Cruzvillegas, ʻĪmaikalani Kalāhele, Janet Lilo, Mata Aho Collective located in the lobby, lawn and balconies of Hawai'i State Art Museum.

YWCA Laniākea

1040 Richards St. 5a-7p

A new fibre-based commission by Maui-based artist Chenta Laury. Seattle-based artist Ellen Lesperance presents a new commission of four paintings.  Central Pacific Time, a collective created by Roger and Lei Bong provides a platform for the community to explore and navigate Hawaiʻi’s past, present and future through sound and story. 

Ali'iolani Hale

417 S King St. 8a-430p

Bernice Akamine's Kalo 2016-present installation features eighty-seven halo sculptures bearing the signature pages of the 1897 Hhui Aloha Aina Anti-Annexation Petitions and hand-drawn maps of traditional land divisions of the five islands represented in the petitions.

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