Doris Duke Theatre

Doris Duke Theatre, at 280 seats, is Hawai‘i’s largest independent arthouse theatre. Serving as one of the museum’s gathering places, the theatre screens independent, documentary, and international films, and hosts lectures, performances, and concerts by local and visiting performers. Programming is dedicated to addressing relevant, impactful issues and to cultivating transformative experiences within our community. The Doris Duke Theatre entrance is located at the rear of the museum, on Kīnaʻu Street.

HoMA has had a film program since the 1930s, when it showed classic films in Central Courtyard. The theatre opened in 1977, named in honor of Doris Duke, a generous philanthropist and supporter of Islamic art and culture, jazz and other music and performing arts. The Doris Duke Foundation provided funds for the modernization and re-dedication of the theater in 2000.

Carrying Culture: Micronesia

May 29 to November 27, 2021 In this three-part poetry series, we highlight poets and poetry as carriers of culture, with a focus on Micronesia, a region that is homeland to many islanders in Hawai’i. Each program is dedicated to uplifting and celebrating the life experience, wisdom, and leadership of the Micronesian community through storytelling, spoken word, and community conversation.


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