Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022 (HT22): Pacific Century – E Ho‘omau no Moananuiākea is an 11-week, citywide exhibition in Honolulu from February 18 – May 8, 2022. It is the largest periodic showcase of contemporary art in Hawaiʻi. The citywide exhibition will take place at several venues.
The exhibit interweaves themes of history, place, and identity within the context of Hawaiʻi’s unique location at the confluence of Asia-Pacific and Oceania. The exhibition features artworks from Hawaiʻi, Asia-Pacific, and beyond. The artists and collectives include multiple generations of Hawai‘i-based artists exhibiting alongside internationally renowned cultural figures, as well as artists making their U.S. institutional debut.
The citywide exhibition will take place at several venues, offering both free and paid opportunities for everyone to enjoy this special artist event. More information about the HT22 venues and special events (especially opening weekend, February 18-20) can be found below.
Free venues for Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022
The following HT22 exhibit venues are free to visit. HT22 exhibit hours vary by venue. Safety procedures vary for each venue. Check their website for details or simply go with aloha spirit.
Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM), No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd floor, Honolulu, HI 96813. Downtown Honolulu, near Iolani Palace. Street parking can be limited; use paid parking lots near HiSAM.
- Free HT22 event: Super Saturday at HiSAM. February 19, 2022. 11AM-3PM. FREE! No Reservations Required. A fun-filled, family-friendly event with hands-on art activities, live music, and photo booth. Make art and learn something new. Enjoy the air-conditioned museum galleries or run around on the front lawn! In addition, The 59th Annual Hawai‘i Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition @ HiSAM will be up that day. More info: HT22: HiSAM Super Saturday, Opening Weekend — Hawaii Contemporary
- HT22 inspired concerts: HSO at Hawaiʻi Theatre. Selected dates Feb 5 – May 15, 2022. Individual concerts: $18-$99. Season pass: $80-$296. Performed by Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) at Hawaiʻi Theatre Center. Featured works include the premiere of Vivian Fung’s Violin Concerto, Dane Lam conducting Maria Grenfell’s “Clockwork”, Leilehua Lanzilotti’s “koʻu inoa”, and Takashi Yoshimatsu’s Symphony “Birds & Angels.” More info: https://hawaiicontemporary.org/publicprograms/hawaii-symphony-orchestra-pacific-century-series
Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815. In the heart of Waikīkī. There is no street parking nearby. The Royal Hawaiian Center parking garage entrance is on the right side of Royal Hawaiian Ave.
- Free HT22 event: Lauhala Weaving Lesson at Royal Hawaiian Center. February 23, 2022. 11AM. Class will last for approximately 60 minutes. Every Wednesday, the Royal Hawaiian Center offers free lauhala weaving lessons with Kumu Bill Keoua Nelson. The lesson will cover the basic skills, technique, preparation and crafting of hala leaves into wearable Hawaiian art, such as a bracelet. Classes are limited to the first 25 persons, ages 7 and older. No reservation required. More info: HT22: Lauhala Weaving Lesson at Royal Hawaiian Center — Hawaii Contemporary
Venues for H22 Exhibit Admission Pass
The following HT22 exhibit venues can be visited by purchasing the HT22 Exhibit Admission Pass. An Admission Pass includes admission to all venues. Find information on purchasing a pass below.
HT22 exhibit hours vary by venue. Safety procedures vary for each venue. Check their website for details or simply go with aloha spirit.
Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817. Near downtown Honolulu at the juncture of the H-1 freeway and Likelike Highway (easy to get to from H-1). Parking is available in the museum parking lot for a modest fee. Payment kiosks accept credit cards only. Kiosks are located in front of the main entrance and in the upper parking lot.
- HT22 opening day member-only event at Bishop Museum. On Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 at 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m, Bishop Members will have an exclusive opportunity to walk the exhibit with exhibition curators and featured artists. Reservations required; space is limited. Submit a tour reservation request through this form. To become a Bishop Museum member, visit: Membership – Bishop Museum.
- More info: How to get free admission or discount tickets to Bishop Museum – Hawaiʻi on the Cheap (hawaiionthecheap.com)
Foster Botanical Garden, 180 N Vineyard Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817. A 14-acre urban garden near Chinatown and Nuʻuanu Stream.
Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), 900 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814. Across Thomas Square from the Blaisdell complex. Park in the paid lot behind HoMA School of art (enter on Beretania or Young St) and weekday evenings or weekends in the Kina’u Street Lot at 1035 Kina’u St.
- Free kamaʻaina HT22 event: Family Sunday at HoMA. February 20, 2022. 10am–6pm. HoMA opens its doors to Hawai‘i residents free of charge on Family Sunday, offering a vibrant program of community-focused art activities, entertainment, and other family-friendly fun themed around museum programming or exhibitions. More info: HT22: HoMA Family Sunday, Opening Weekend — Hawaii Contemporary
Iolani Palace, 364 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. In downtown Honolulu on the corner of King and Richards Streets. Limited street parking or parking garage at Aliʻi Place, 1099 Alakea St.
- Free HT22 event: Jennifer Steinkamp outdoor projection artwork at Iolani Palace. February 16–18 from dusk to midnight. Free, outdoors. See Jennifer’s artwork from King Street. More info: Special Evenings at Iolani Palace — Hawaii Contemporary
- Free HT22 event: Richard Bellʻs “Embassy” conceptual artwork at Iolani Palace. February 18-19 at 9:00 and 10:15 AM. Free with reservation. Richard Bell’s Embassy is a fluid, conceptual artwork around the idea of sharing space and creating a platform for conversation with invited guest speakers. Beyond the Embassy’s presence as a tent, the work also collects video archives of the conversations that occur in the space, connecting each iteration of Embassy to previous ones (held around the world), creating a sort of global solidarity amongst Indigenous Peoples. More info: HT22: Richard Bell “Embassy” Conversations — Hawaii Contemporary
- HT22 insights at Special Evenings at Iolani Palace. For two nights only, February 16-17. $100 per person. Docent-led tours of the Palace and royal collection, a special appearance by Galliard String Quartet performing music by Queen Liliʻuokalani, and insights from Hawai’i Contemporary featuring a large-scale outdoor digital media installation by Jennifer Steinkamp. Note: Timed-entry tickets are required, limited availability, $100 per person. This event is not included with the All-Access Pass. More info: Special Evenings at Iolani Palace — Hawaii Contemporary
How to purchase an H22 Exhibit Admission Pass
All-access admission passes to the exhibition are available for sale ($75, online only). With a purchase of an HT22 Exhibit Admission Pass you will receive unlimited FREE general admission to Bishop Museum (GA $25), Honolulu Museum of Art (GA $20), and Foster Botanical Gardens (GA $5), plus an audio tour at Iolani Palace ($25). More info: Hawai’i Contemporary Passes | elevent (goelevent.com)
More questions? Visit the HT22 website: Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022: Pacific Century – E Ho‘omau no Moananuiākea | Hawaii Contemporary (hawaiicontemporary.org)