• The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

    The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts appointed an Art Advisory Committee that was responsible for selecting artists to be commissioned for the $2 million art collection housed throughout the Hawai‘i Convention Center as part of the Arts in Public Places Program.
  • Shige Yamada, Gift of Water [1997]

    Location: Front entrance

    Gift of Water represents a spring offering water. Symbolically, it acknowledges the Hawaiian people for their generosity and expressions of goodwill to newcomers. Like life-giving water, this wellspring of aloha nourishes all.
  • Hiroki Morinoue, Ma uka, Ma kai [1997]

    Acrylic on wood
    Location: Main entry/lobby

    Ma uka, Ma kai (Towards the mountain, towards the sea). Large veins of lava formed fingerlike patterns, harden like monuments against the sea. Mountains were formed with time. The wind, rain and sand were in constant dialogue, shaping the island’s contours. Land and sea were precious to everyone.
  • John Wisnosky, For the Adventurers [1997]

    Acrylic on wood
    Location: Ala Halawai Concourse

    The earliest adventurers of the Pacific observed birds, felt currents, embraced winds and read stars, all the while not knowing what lay ahead. We are humbled by their courage and abilities. We are forever in their debt. We must remember them.
  • Rick Mills, Reef Map [1998]

    Glass, copper, stainless steel
    Location: Ala Halawai Concourse

    The timeless beauty of Hawaiian waters and the mystery of aquatic archaeology are inspirations for Reef Map. The perpetually changing togographic features of the ocean floor are frozen in space for detailed inspection and contemplation.
  • Mataumu Alisa, Imu [1998]

    Polychromed ceramic tiles
    Location: Ala Halawai Concourse

    The setting of this mural is around the ritual of preparing an imu (underground oven). The ritual is participated in by the people, the land, the sea, and the air. The scene depicts men placing food in the imu.
  • Hans Ladislaus, Forgotten Inheritance [1997]

    Concrete, bronze, plaster
    Location: Ala Halawai Concourse

    Sometimes, it is when we realize we have forgotten to care for this fragile and unique place that we can begin to remember what we have inherited. This mural suggests both our solid and tenuous connections with our immediate environment and the world, as well as our past and future.
  • Jay Wilson, Hawaiian Tapestry [1997]

    Glass mosaic
    Location: Ala Halawai Concourse

    The beauty of Hawai‘i is captured in a tapestry of stylized images incorporating a sun (abstracted from a gourd rattle), canoe lashings and outriggers, surf, a fish hook, tattoos, kapa patterns, Hawaiian flora and fauna.
  • Masami Teraoka, Green Rabbit Island [1998]

    Oil on canvas
    Location: Ma kai/‘Ewa corner

    Rabbit Island, whose Hawaiian name is Manana, lies across from the dramatic cliffs of Makapu‘u on O‘ahu’s east coast. Hawai‘i is a land of travelers from ancient Polynesian settlers to modern day tourists. Rabbit Island continues to greet visitors with Hawaiian courtesy, its surrounding blue waters mesmerizing viewers and inviting them to return. In this painting an unexpected rainy season brings an outburst of lush vegetation to the island, leaving it glowing like an emerald amidst the ever-churning foam and waves.
  • Student Art Exhibition, My Island and Me [1998 – 2011]

    Location: Pa Kamali‘i Courtyard

    A competitive annual exhibition was developed by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Arts in Education Program, in cooperation with the Department of Education, the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. My Island and Me encouraged all participants to express how they feel about, look at, or interpret their island homes. Each school is allowed to enter up to 10 works for judging at the district level. After final review at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, 96 works are selected for the exhibition. Exhibitions go in a yearly cycle: elementary students one year, intermediate students the next year, and then high school students.
  • Ron Kowalke, Windows of Fire [1998]

    Aluminum, neon
    Location: Ma kai/Diamond Head corner

    Windows of Fire embraces the idea of viewing the world through our physical and spiritual senses. Touching the panels symbolizes our connection with the earth, the energy of the land, and the essence of Hawai‘i.
  • Michael G.B. Tom, `A Pele [1998]

    Ma uka/Diamond Head corner

    `A Pele (in the nature of Pele) is a visual reminder that from Pele’s bowels flow not only the life force of creation, but also the same force reclaiming that which is hers.
  • Jean Charlot, Chief’s Canoe, [1956]

    Buon fresco
    Location: Pa Kaloka Courtyard

    The inspiration for these frescoes was drawn from the culture of the Hawaiian people in appreciation for the contribution they have made to the understanding of our life in this universe. Chief’s Canoe portrays the dignity with which the Hawaiian people presented their cultural gifts to their first foreign visitors and to the world. The other frescoes describe the creation of Hawaiian culture. Hawaiians are as immersed in their environment as swimmers in the sea and celebrate the beauty of that experience in their arts.
  • Museum Display Facilities

    Location: Ma uka Corridor

    Six display cases have been provided to display art on loan from visual arts museums, institutions, and organizations including the State Art Collection. Each case is approximately 10 ft. high by 12 ft. wide by 3 ft. deep, with climate control to accommodate a wide variety of museum artifacts. Exhibits showcase the diversity of the traditional and contemporary arts of Hawai‘i.
  • Allyn Bromley, A Walk From Downtown to Waikīkī [1999]

    Screenprinting on clayboard
    Location: Exterior wall of the ballroom

    A Walk represents a collage of printed images. Imagery is reminiscent of actual places from the Aloha Tower to Waikīkī with identifiable downtown buildings, water vistas, prominent landmarks that are signatures of our city.
  • Tadashi Sato, Nakalele [1998]

    Oil on canvas
    Location: Kalākaua Ballroom

    Impressions of the north shore of Maui are depicted in this landscape of Nakalele Point. Its rugged terrain, natural beauty, and serenity are conveyed through the use of restrained color, shapes, and values.
  • Satoru Abe, Reaching for the Sun [1998]

    Bronze metal
    Location: Rooftop Garden Pool

    Seaweed forms growing and reaching for the sun symbolize man’s quest for his highest achievement.