Picturing Hawai'i

Picturing Hawai'i is an exciting new curriculum from the Honolulu Museum of Art. The comprehensive Teacher Resource Book and the accompanying six images show you how to use works from the Museum's collection to supplement your lessons in history, fine arts, language arts, math, and science. The curriculum is adaptable to many grade levels and is a localization of the National Endowment for the Humanities Picturing America project. Learn more about Picturing America here.

Request a copy of Picturing Hawai'i

All of the Picturing Hawai'i materials are available for download on this site. Additionally, thanks to a grant from the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities, we have printed materials that we can send to your school. These materials include the Teacher Resource Book published as a booklet on high quality paper and laminated copies of the six images. The lamination ensures that your copies will last longer in the classroom as your students use them for their assignments.

Request a copy for your school.

Teacher Resource Book

This comprehensive guide includes detailed information on how to use art to teach multiple subjects.

It includes an introductory chapter on learning to look at art; three chapters related to the Picturing America themes of leadership, landscapes, and creativity and ingenuity; and a final chapter on additional connections to make between the Museum's collection and the Picturing America gallery.

CLICK HERE to download this book.

Six Picturing Hawai'i  images as PDF

The images are in PDF format so you can print them out to share with your class. Print them double-sided so you can have the background information on each work. The background information includes discussion questions and suggestions for relating the works to Picturing America.

CLICK HERE to download these images.

Share resources that you have developed

If you have developed your own lessons and activities related to the Picturing Hawai'i, please share them with us and other teachers. We want to add them to our online library of teacher-developed resources. We can also post reproductions of your students' works.

CLICK HERE to make a submission.


Picturing Hawai'iis made possible by a grant from the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities with additional support from the "We the People" initiative of the National Endowment for Humanities.