Three major cultural institutions in Hawaii — Bishop Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art and Iolani Palace — are teaming up for the first time to present an evening of cultural exploration and fun on Friday, Aug. 10.
Food, drinks, entertainment, tours and other activities will be offered at each site from 5 to 10 p.m. A single admission of $10 ($5 for children ages 4-12) will provide access to all three museum; members get in free. Shuttle buses between venues will be provided at no cost.
Sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the event is intended “to bring our islands’ culture and heritage to life for both kamaaina and visitors,” said Kippen de Alba Chu, director of Iolani Palace, in a news release.
“It is a strategic collaboration meant to showcase Hawaii’s historic and artistic assets and to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of how Native Hawaiian traditions permeate our society even today,” she said.
Bishop Museum President/CEO Blair D. Collis noted the event will allow people a rare chance to experience the museum at night. Nighttime tours by candlelight and flashlight will be offered at the palace, which normally opens only one night a year in December.
Here is the rundown of activities:
1525 Bernice St.
» Art activities on Gallery Lawn, 5 to 9 p.m.
» Docent-led guided tours of Hawaiian Hall, 5 to 10 p.m.
» Live music on Gallery Lawn, 5:30 to 10 p.m.
» “Sky Tonight” planetarium shows every hour on the half hour, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
» “Ola Na Moolelo” storytelling and “Hula Nei” interactive hula program every hour on the hour, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
» Ceramics demonstrations, make a tattoo arm sleeve art activity, storyteller Lopaka Kapanui spins chicken-skin tales inspired by artwork in the Holt Gallery of the Arts of Hawai‘i, 5 to 9 p.m.
» Chaotic Five children’s rock band, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
» “Live Art” with docents dressing up as some of the museum’s notable artworks, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
» Animated short-film series E Ho‘omau! and shorts by animator Laura Margulies, 7 to 10 p.m.
364 S. King St.
Tours, live music, food and a beer garden in the Barracks Courtyard, 5 to 10 p.m.