Mission + Values

Our mission:

To bring together great art and people to create a more harmonious, adaptable, and enjoyable society in Hawai’i. 

Our values:

• We find inspiration from great art

• We respond to new art

• We are committed to be accessible to all

• We are responsible stewards of our institution

• We value creativity and respect innovation

• We do all of this with aloha

Anna Rice Cooke's 1927 dedication statement:

“That our children of many nationalities and races, born far from the centers of art, may receive an intimation of their own cultural legacy and wake to the ideals embodied in the arts of their neighbors....that Hawaiians, Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Northern Europeans and all other people living here, contacting through the channel of art those deep intuitions common to all, may perceive a foundation on which a new culture, enriched by the old strains may be built in the islands.”—Anna Rice Cooke’s dedication statement, which she read at the opening of the Honolulu Academy of Arts (now the Honolulu Museum of Art) on April 8, 1927.