Artists of Hawai‘i Now

September 16, 2021–January 16, 2022

Building upon the Honolulu Museum of Art’s longstanding tradition of showcasing Hawaiʻi-based artists, Artists of Hawaiʻi Now explores the struggles and opportunities of our present time and place through a visually dynamic call to action sparking empathy, community-building, and change.

Through bold, boundary-pushing approaches, the 18 artists featured in this exhibition ignite conversations through community-centered collaboration—re-envisioning Hawaiʻi’s past, present, and future through 13 original, place-based installations utilizing a wide variety of mediums—including technology, performance, site-specific installations, and traditional art practices.


Artists of Hawai‘i Now features groundbreaking local artists who model how creatives can lead the way toward a more just and sustainable tomorrow. The artists encompass a broad spectrum of experience, from emerging to established. Some have never shown in a gallery before, while others have been featured in national and international collections.

While their individual practices vary greatly, all are deeply engaged leaders in fields that take us beyond the gallery space, questioning power dynamics and reaffirming our relationships to each other and our shared environment.

Together, they offer a collective vision of how we can navigate the future, representative of the creativity and innovation that Hawaiʻi offers our global community.

Featured artists

•   Nāʻālehu Anthony

•   Gwen Arkin

•   Andy Behrle

•   Gaye Chan

•   Jennifer Goya

•   Lynda Hess

•   Christopher Kahunahana

•   Kapulani Landgraf

•   Daniel Kauwila Mahi

•   Lanakila Mangauil

•   John Mantanona

•   Manu Mei-Singh

•   Nicole Naone

•   Cara Oba

•   Kyle Oba

•   Aura Reyes

•   Juvana Soliven

•   Noe Tanigawa

Public programming

Explore ideas and perspectives from the exhibition with a special slate of public programs dedicated to fostering conversation and collaboration. Virtual Community Forums, Artist Talks, and hands-on art activities offer opportunities to interact with featured artists and community partners.

Artists of Hawai‘i Now: Public Programming

Artists of Hawai‘i Now  was made possible by leading sponsor the Maurice and Joanna Sullivan Family Foundation.

Additional support provided by the Dods Foundation in Memory of Diane Dods, Robert and Linda Nichols, Donald and Laura Goo, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Jean E. Rolles. With support by Hawai‘i Contemporary.

Special thanks to presenting corporate sponsor Hawaiian Airlines with additional funding from First Hawaiian Bank, Halekulani Corporation, Nella Media Group, Outrigger Hospitality Group, and Zippy’s Restaurant.