A holiday message from the director

Aloha HoMA Community,

This holiday season, we look back at a year that has been one of turbulent, heartrending times, locally and globally. I want to thank everyone for their ongoing support of the museum. Your support, whether through attending a film, seeing an exhibition, spending time with our permanent collection, or taking an art class, helps us to continue being a sanctuary where the community can find solace and inspiration.

It has also been a year of gratitude and growth. We are happy to report that the number of visitors who came to the museum to explore the galleries increased 70 percent over pre-pandemic numbers. Even more people came for special events like Avant Garden and the Landon McNamara Surf Concert, to take art classes, to see a film at the theater, to eat at the café, go on a tour, and buy gifts at the shop.

Our exciting slate of exhibitions included Salman Toor: No Ordinary Love, Transformation: Modern Japanese Art, Noah Harders: Moemoeā, Rebecca Louise Law: Awakening, and the current David Hockney: Perspective Should Be Reversed, Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and Lauren Hana Chai: The Five Senses. Shows like these remind us of the deeper purpose of our work. By sharing views, cultures and insights with the community through art, we build bridges locally and with the rest of the world, helping to foster peace and mutual understanding.

With great appreciation for all that you offer as a valued member of our HoMA ‘ohana, I wish you and your loved ones joy and harmony as we enter a new year.

Halona Norton-Westbrook
Director and CEO