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.

Community update: COVID-19 health and safety

Out of an abundance of caution, the Doris Duke Theater will remain closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we look forward to reopening soon to welcome you back to our in-house theater. Mahalo for your understanding. In the meantime, please make sure to join our digital events, see information on this page.


Cultural Animation Film Festival 2021

October 8–11, 2021

The Cultural Animation Film Festival returns for its fifth year to showcase diverse animated films based on cultures around the world. See four different short film collections alongside panels with artists and educators. This year, the festival will be held virtually and free for everyone.


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.


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.

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