Experience Art in Waikiki HI
Vacationing in Hawaii is like stepping into a work of art: the vibrant and lush greenery are captivating, the stunning crystal blue waters of the Pacific ocean dance like gems shining under the sunlight, and colorful flowers dot the land. Finding art isn’t that hard to do, especially when staying at one of the top hotels in Waikiki Hawaii – Prince Waikiki. From the moment you enter the doors of our beautiful foyer, you’ll see our alluring artwork which dances in waves above you, while our luxurious lobby atmosphere creates an inviting place to stay. Searching for galleries and museums in Waikiki isn’t hard when our town is full of lovely places to go. Here are a few of the local hot spots for finding some of the best art in town!
Where to See Art in Waikiki
You might think of Prince Waikiki as a luxury resort where all your vacation dreams come true, and while we do that, there is also a lot of beauty here on our property! Look up when you enter through our lobby doors. Artist Kaili Chun showcases her stunning 800 piece installation, named Hulali i ka lā. This fixture runs from one end of the lobby to the other and is comprised of copper plate-like features that resemble the belly fin of the beautiful hinana fish. The hinana fish are what Hawaiians call the juvenile form of the Hawaiian freshwater goby (O’opu). Each copper-plate from the Hulali i ka lā installation was made by our employees, their families, and friends.
Take your time and walk through the art exhibited throughout the rest of our lobby. You’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the Kaili’s pieces as they wind through our ceiling and entrance area. As you move beyond our foyer, you’ll find other works of art displayed throughout the hotel. Prince Waikiki is home to the most extensive collection of work by Native Hawaiian artists in Waikiki, and their compositions are featured on every floor.
Honolulu Museum of Art
Beyond the walls of our beautiful Prince Waikiki resort, you can experience beautiful works of art at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Featuring over 50,000 pieces in their permanent collection, you’ll be delighted to see paintings from the 19th and 20th century, Asian textiles, and so much more. Many of their works are from Asia, America, and Europe with some traditional works from Africa and Oceania.
It will be about a 15-minute drive from Prince Waikiki to the Honolulu Museum of Art, but you can also choose to walk there leisurely.
Head east on Holomoana St toward Ala Moana Blvd
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Ala Moana Blvd
Make a U-turn at Hobron Ln
Turn right onto Piikoi St
Turn left onto S Beretania St
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House
While at the Honolulu Museum of Art, you’ll want to check out their second location, the Spalding House. This house is a short distance away from the main art museum, but it boasts indoor and outdoor galleries, gardens, and more. As the Spalding Hour is now part of the Honolulu Museum of Art, you’ll be able to see both collections in one day with the purchase of your admission ticket! View directions here on how to get to the Spalding House in the Makiki Heights District from Waikiki!
Street Art in Waikiki
Beyond the museums in Waikiki, you can experience the raw energy and striking aesthetics of street art in the Kaka’ako neighborhood. This up-and-coming area has become one of Hawaii’s urban meccas and boasts a vibrant mix of fine dining, street food, and artistry. One festival you’ll want to attend is POW! WOW!, which is hosted in the district of Kaka’ako every February. Explore the streets for unique art displayed and created during this annual event which is sure to round out your art adventure throughout Waikiki.
There is much to do and see here in Waikiki that it’s perfect for anyone wanting to experience art and culture. Whether you enjoy beautiful compositions throughout one of the leading hotels in Waikiki Hawaii – Prince Waikiki, or you stroll through the contemporary works at the Honolulu Museum of Art, you’re sure to have an inspiring day. Make Prince Waikiki your home away from home when vacationing with us this season and don’t forget to check out our permanent installation, Hulali i ka la “Glistening in the Sun,” when you’re visiting!