The Sunday Traveler~Art Deco Hawaii


The art buddha seems to frequently coordinate my travel destinations with great art exhibits in the city I happen to be visiting.  My latest trip to Oahu was no exception. The Honolulu Museum of Art is showcasing Art Deco Hawaii, the first major museum exhibition to present the Hawaiian view on the International Art Deco style; this was at its height in the islands from the 1920s to the 1940s.  You cannot imagine my extreme happiness when I was told that photos were permissible without the use of a flash; no problem, the lighting in the rooms was perfect. I went mid-week and there were two other people there that hurried through, so in essence I had a private viewing. Heaven to linger over each work.

I’ve placed a small number of the photos I took in a gallery format, please click on any photo to enlarge.

I will show you around the lovely museum courtyards in future posts, as well as a few more gallery photos.

About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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24 Responses to The Sunday Traveler~Art Deco Hawaii

  1. Patti Kuche says:

    What a paradise, and to have it all to yourself!


  2. ChgoJohn says:

    I have to confess complete ignorance, Angeline. When I think Art Deco, Hawaii is probably the last place that would come to mind. These works prove just how wrong I was. Hawaiian culture and life lends itself very well to the Art Deco style. These works are stunning. What a fantastic exhibit to see! Be sure to pass along my thanks to the art buddha. 😉


    • Angeline M says:

      You know, even though I had seen some of these paintings before (and I even have one hanging in my apartment (the girl reaching up to a tree to get fruit), I really didn’t associate it with art deco. This was an educational visit for me in addition to a soul fuel charging visit. I will definitely let the art buddha know you’ve sent along thanks to add to mine 🙂


  3. Looks like a fabulous museum.


  4. Madhu says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Angeline. Love the Arman Manookians in particular.


    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Madhu. I love his work too. I will post one more of his paintings at a later date; sad story that the painting I will show was his last, he went home after delivering it to the buyer and killed himself (and he was in his 20s, I think). Tragic!


  5. What a lucky stroke of serendipity! It’s so interesting to see the art that would have been in the art deco buildings, especially the sculpture. 🙂


  6. Beautiful! I’m looking forward to seeing more. 🙂


  7. Jo Bryant says:

    Art Deco is such an interesting period Angeline. I love it.


  8. Colline says:

    Some of these were interesting to look at as I don’t normally see art detailing this content. I like the sculptures, especially the one of the figure on a horse.


  9. Amy says:

    What a special collection of the museum! I love Eugene Savage’s work especially. Great wood carvings. Thank you, Angeline!


    • Angeline M says:

      Eugene Savage’s work is so detailed and full of activity, it is quite wonderful. The wood carvings of the rider on the horse and the Hawaiian Dance figure are of monkeypod and the spear fisherman is made from Milo wood. Thanks, Amy.


  10. bulldog says:

    Lovely looking art


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