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Contemporary Museum

Contemporary Museum

2411 Makiki Heights Dr
Honolulu, HI 96822   Directions

(808) 526-1322


The Contemporary Museum occupies a unique place in the creative culture of Hawaii: It is the sole museum in the state dedicated to showing only contemporary art. In fact, the museum has two locations to present the provocative, dynamic forms of visual arts. The first is at the historic Cooke-Spalding house, and the other is downtown at First Hawaiian Center.

The museum opened to the public in October 1988. Since it opened, the Contemporary Museum has added a Museum Shop and Cafe.

The Contemporary Museum's growing collection dates from 1940 to the present. Artists represented include Robert Arneson, Jennifer Bartlett, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Kenneth Price, Andres Serrano, Kiki Smith, Mark Tobey, Richard Tuttle, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman, and Peter Voulkos.

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Diamond Head Theatre

Diamond Head Theatre

520 Makapuu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816   Directions

(808) 733-0274


Diamond Head Theatre sits at the cornerstone of the Hawaiian arts scene: It is located at the foot of Diamond Head Crater and is the third oldest community theater in the U.S. The theater began in 1915 and has evolved into a true community center - a place where volunteers hone their acting chops, where the directors and set designers usher in the audience, tend to the gardens and design the costumes.

To refill the local talent pool, Diamond Head offers year-round classes in dancing, acting and singing. Plus, youth can participate in an extensive summer school or a youth troupe called Diamond Head Theatre Shooting Stars.

Known as the Broadway of the Pacific, Diamond Head brings classic tales to the stage, like "The King and I "and "Little Women, The Broadway Musical". Comedic turns are plentiful with perfomances like "I Hate Hamlet," "Altar Boyz" and "Hairspray."

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Hawaii Convention Center

Hawaii Convention Center

1801 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96814   Directions

(808) 943-3500


The Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu is the flagship civic exhibition center in the State of Hawaii. Naturally, the center explores unique Hawaiian architectural elements, combining the culture and the natural environment to create a world-class facility.

In fact, the International Association of Exhibition Management voted it the most beautiful convention center in the world. The beauty of the center isn't just in the actual brick and mortar. A $2 million art collection and rooftop tropical gardens are just a few features that will take your breath away.

The $200 million facility is also decorated with Hawaiian quilt designs and nature-based motifs throughout.

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Hawaii Opera Theatre

Hawaii Opera Theatre

848 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96813   Directions

(808) 596-7372


Hawaii Opera Theatre is a bold, successful effort to bring internationally acclaimed performers and the most fantastic opera productions to the Hawaiian island since 1960. Today, Hawaii Opera Theatre is known as one of the largest performing arts organizations in the state and Hawaii's only professional opera company.

Hawaii Opera Theatre's season is a mix of classical and new opera. The theater has staged notable productions such as "Madama Butterfly," "Le Nozze di Figaro," "La Boheme" and "Carmen." Recent performances have included Faust and La Traviata.

The company typically performs three operas at the beginning of the season, then continues through a summer season as well.

International artists from the New York Met and throughout Europe and Asia have performed at the Hawaii Opera Theatre throughout the years, competing up to three years in advance to get on stage alongside local Hawaiian talent.

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Hawaii Repertory Theatre

Hawaii Repertory Theatre

1177 Bishop St
Honolulu, HI 96813   Directions

(808) 545-7170


Hawaii Repertory Theatre pushes the envelope by drawing in audiences with traditional classics and re-engaging them with relevant, contemporary material. The theater was initially founded in 2002 as an after-school program for kids, then quickly expanded into a regional theater as the demand increased.

The founders expanded the theater's repertoire to include great works of dramatic literature, a direction they felt was lacking in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Repertory Theatre continues to expand on its educational program through its Young Artists Series. In collaboration with local schools, the theater guides students to produce and perform plays for young audiences.

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Hawaii State Art Museum

Hawaii State Art Museum

250 S Hotel St
Honolulu, HI 96813   Directions

(808) 586-0900


The Hawaii State Art Museum opened in the fall of 2002, when it brought immensely popular touring exhibits to the state of Hawaii. The museum houses three galleries, featuring pieces from the Art in Public Places Collection.

Many of the exhibits focus on art from native Hawaiians, along with art that speaks to the culture of the Islands.

One of the most popular exhibits at the Hawaii State Art Museum has been "Where We Live: Places of Hawaii." The exhibit showcases art from the Art in Public Places Collection, where the natural landscape of the islands is interpreted in realistic and abstract images.

Another exhibit intertwined samples of textile and fiber works from the Art in Public Places Collection.

As another example of a recent exhibit, "Inner Scapes" featured abstract paintings and sculptures by artists that were influenced by the greats of the 20th century, most notably artists native to Hawaii.

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Hawaii Theatre Center

Hawaii Theatre Center

1130 Bethel St
Honolulu, HI 96813   Directions

(808) 528-0506


Known as the "Pride of the Pacific," the Hawaii Theatre Center began as a classical downtown venue in 1922, where vaudeville, plays, musicals and silent films were the standard of the day. Eventually, the theater fell into disrepair and was abandoned in 1984. But an energetic local group of activists saved the historic venue from the wrecking ball, and the theater reopened its doors in 1996 as a 1400-seat performance center

Since then, the Hawaii Theatre Center has hosted memorable performances, such as "Three Solos and a Duet", Ana Laguna and Mikhail Baryshnikov, "Silent Scream: Phantom of the Opera", and William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night".

The Hawaii Theatre was recognized as the 'Outstanding Historic Theatre in America' in 2005 by the League of Historic American Theatres and, in 2006, was awarded an Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The theater is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

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Kahilu Theatre

Kahilu Theatre

67-1186 Lindsey Rd
Kamuela, HI 96743   Directions

(808) 885-6868


Kahilu Theatre began as the dream of a native Hawaiian, who wanted to create a theater that would inspire creativity and a passion for the arts among local residents and visitors. Built in 1979, the 490-seat Kahilu Theater in the town of Waimea hosts stage performances throughout the year, as well as free community events, a youth concert series, meetings, lectures and other special events.

The gallery in the theater displays work of up-and-coming Hawaiian artists as well as established artists on the Big Island. The Youth Concert series is a special series of performances from the headlining shows, reworked especially for a younger audiences. Performances have included HANDS, a Chinese Percussion Team; Kealoha, the founder of HawaiiSlam; and PHILADANCO!, a Philadelphia Dance Company.

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Kennedy Theatre

Kennedy Theatre

1770 East-West Rd
Honolulu, HI 96822   Directions

(808) 956-7677


Experience dance, theater and music at the Kennedy Theatre, home to the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The program is internationally recognized for its multicultural approach. It incorporates influences from the East and West, and is organized into Asian Theatre, Western Theatre, Design, Youth Theatre, and Dance. Past performances have showcased the talents of both students and visiting professionals in such notable pieces as "Hamlet," "Waiting for Godot" and "Kabuki: The Vengeful Sword."

Kumu Kahua Theater

Kumu Kahua Theater

46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI 96813   Directions

(808) 536-4222


Kumu Kahua is a theater that celebrates and examines life in Hawaii, showcasing some of the state's most talented actors, directors, playwrights and technicians. The theater stages plays about life in Hawaii, plays by Hawaiian playwrights, and plays for Hawaii's people. The 100-seat playhouse is an intimate affair, the perfect setting to watch world premieres by local playwrights such as Dennis Carroll, Lee Cataluna, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Edward Sakamoto and Lee A. Tonouchi.

Performances have included notable favorites such as "Ghosts in the Plague Year," "The Great Kaua'i Train Robbery" and "It's All Relative."

Another unique aspect of the theater is that it encourages actors to use their natural local dialect or accent. Many of the plays are written in Hawaii Creole English.

The theater promotes local talent by offering classes in acting and writing, as well as sponsoring an annual playwriting contest. Located in Honolulu, Kumu Kahua Theatre was founded in 1971.

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Manoa Valley Theatre

Manoa Valley Theatre

2833 E Manoa Rd
Honolulu, HI 96822   Directions

(808) 988-6131


The Manoa Valley Theatre specializes in producing Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals, bringing many Hawaii premieres to the stage since its inception in 1969.

The company was founded by a group of University of Hawaii graduate students, and in 1983 moved to its current 150-seat location.

Neal S. Blaisdell Center

Neal S. Blaisdell Center

777 Ward Ave
Honolulu, HI 96814   Directions

(808) 768-5400


The Neal S. Blaisdell Center has been a gathering place for community members of Honolulu since 1964. The multi-purpose arena has an excellent reputation for bringing in top entertainers, sports events and exhibits.

Recently remodeled and expanded in 1994, the complex is essentially a circular facility that is perfect for concert and sporting events, and can seat up to 8,800. Setting a record for his time, Elvis Presley sold out concerts at the Blaisdell Center in the 1960s and 1970s. A bronze statue of The King has been erected outside.

Recent performers have included Metallica, Days of the New, Rage Against the Machine, America, Pearl Jam, Elton John, George Michael, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Motley Crue, No Doubt, Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, 'N Sync, LeAnn Rimes, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Nine Inch Nails, Gwen Stefani, Akon and Journey, among others.

The Blaisdell Center keeps thing interesting with other types of events, like the WWE, Disney on Ice, American Idol Live!, Sesame Street Live, college basketball and volleyball, and international gymnastics.

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