Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Highlights this year include documentary video on Father Damien Statue, Legislators self-portrait contest

The public is invited to the State Capitol on Friday, April 1 for Art at the Capitol. This event, now in its eighth year, has Legislators opening their doors to the public to view the collection of work from local artists that adorn their offices.

The theme this year, “Marks of Accomplishment,” reflects on the saga and controversy surrounding the Father Damien Statue and the sculptor, Marisol Escobar.  A documentary video to debut that evening tells the story behind the statue.

New this year will be an exhibit featuring self-portraits created by state Legislators.  The artwork will be judged by artists with the State Foundation of Culture and Arts and the public will be choosing their favorite portrait in a “People’s Choice” award. 

Art at the Capitol begins with an opening program at 4:30 p.m. in room 329 that includes an introduction of artists and special guests. Self-guided tours start at 5:00 p.m. and the Senate and House galleries will be open to view videos.  Throughout the evening, music will be provided by the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony Woodwind Quintet and String Quartet.  The program ends at 7:00 p.m., however the public is invited to continue the celebration of local art and music at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, which will be open until 9:00 p.m.
Art at the Capitol is sponsored by the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts. 


4:30 pm         Opening Program – Room 329 (3rd Floor - Ewa, Mauka)
                        Introduction of Artists and Special Guests

                       5:00 pm          Self-guided Tour Starts
Senate and House Galleries will be open to view the  videos

5:00-5:45 pm Hawaii Youth Symphony Woodwind Quintet performs on the 2nd Floor

Julie Chai, flute (Iolani) s Daniel Huang, oboe (Kalani HS)
Chelsea Tanaka, clarinet (Kalani HS) s Brendan Hiyane, bassoon (Mililani HS)
Cody Onishi, horn (Kalani HS)

6:00-6:45 pm Hawaii Youth Symphony String Quartet performs on the 2nd Floor

Megan Uchida, violin (Homeschool) s Katherine Sewell, violin (Homeschool)
Cecily Choy, viola (Iolani) s Reid Womack, cello (Honolulu Waldorf)
7:00 pm Event Ends 

First Friday at the Hawaii State Art Museum will be open till 9:00 pm
Music by: The Air Force Band of the Pacific

Video Interviews

Shown at the following locations

Senate Chamber (every 15 minutes, starting at 5:00 p.m.)
“Father Damien - Marks of Accomplishment”

House Chamber - Videos from Past “Art at the Capitol” Events

Tadashi Sato (2011)  Ruthadell Anderson (2012), Satoru Abe (2013),                       Otto Piene—lluminating the Legislative Process (2014),                                                           The Hawaii State Capitol—The Building of Our House” (2015)

Chamber Level, artwork are on display by students
from the following schools:

Le Jardin Academy, Olomana School,
St. Ann Model School, & Leilehua High School