Roshan Institute Noruz

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    Visitors were greeted by a beautiful haftsin table, the traditional centerpiece of Noruz celebrations.

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    Roshan Institute Instructor in Persian Language and Culture Dr. Ladan Hamedani read Persian poetry in Kinau Court.

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    Early guests enjoyed the poetry and food provided by The Grove.

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    The Grove's special menu included lamb and chickpea stew, dolmeh and kookoo sabzi.

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    Jill Taosaka and F.L. Morris

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    Younes Shahi, Christopher Stagnard, and Sally Klemm

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    Lensmen collide. Bellamy Hunt and Christiaan Phleger

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    Kimberly Vasques and Jovan

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    Guests stayed busy making papier-mâché eggs all night in the groovy light.

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    Kahai Choy and the evening's emcee, Lei Kaholokula, with her pretty egg.

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    A lot of keiki made it this month! Touri, Don, and Leyla Parsa

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    Harry Nikoghossian, Angelo Toghiani, and Sosie

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    Crystal Stranger, Synne, Andre Pattantyus, and Lucy Barth

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    More keiki making art in Mediterranean Courtyard.

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    Silhouettes and shadows in the courtyard, a quieter space for talking story.

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    William Wytrykush and Haruka Taji

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    Steve Moran, Leila Lleva, Ryan Grosch, and Shayla Hixon

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    A little romance in Central Courtyard.

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    Councilmember Ikaika Anderson with Hawaii's pageant queens: Jaime Watts, Caroline Chapman, Jaci Agustin, JJ Dentel, Kawai Pakjake, Ann Upton

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    Guests in the stunning Natural, Unnatural, and Supernatural exhibition gallery.

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    A rare snapshot of the supernaturally vigilant Chief of Security Chris Atherall.

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    DJ Mr. Nick spinning in Luce Pavilion.

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    Ed Russell, Stacey Fong, and a little one dropping hints–time to call it a night!

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    The party keeps going long after dark.

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    Special thanks to Roshan Institute! Lada Hamedani and Ghissou Rosala.

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    The final result of all the night's artistic participants.

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March 28, 2014 06:00pm-09:00pm
Honolulu Museum of Art

'Roshan Institute Noruz' information

Celebrate Noruz—Persian New Year—with cultural traditions, music and food.
Presented by Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, supporting preservation, transmission and instruction of Persian language and culture.


Groove to house music of DJ Mr. Nick in Luce Pavilion, and traditional Persian music in the special Noruz Lounge.

Hear Roshan Institute Instructor in Persian Language and Culture Dr. Ladan Hamedani read Persian poetry.


Create your own hand-painted paper maché eggs with local artists Ryan and Nicole Higa.

Explore the Haftsin table display and learn the importance of these cultural items.

Take an interactive look at Persian art with our docents in the Arts of the Islamic World gallery.

Food and Drink

Feast like a Persian king on the Grove's special menu: lamb and chickpea stew, dolmeh (rice-and-beef-stuffed grape leaves) and kookoo sabzi (spinach and herb omelet).


Just a reminder—ARTafterDARKers can park in the following locations:

1) FREE: Street parking on Beretania and Kinau Street from 6pm.

2) $5: Up to five hours, $2 for each additional 30 minutes or fraction thereof. The lot behind the Honolulu Museum of Art School (1111 Victoria St.), entrances on Beretania and Young streets. NOTE: lot closes promptly at 11pm.

3) $5 at the First United Methodist Church Parking Lot on the corner of Beretania and Victoria streets. NOTE: lot closes promptly at 10pm.