Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i: The King Kalākaua Era

September 26, 2018

Hoʻoulu: The King Kalākaua Era considers art and experimentation in the Hawaiian Kingdom during the reign of King David Kalākaua (1874-1891). Cosmopolitanism—the idea that local polities share systemic parallels internationally as part of a world citizenry—was a thriving philosophy in the Hawaiian Kingdom, and it was expressed through art. 

The exhibition prompts conversations about issues of adaptability, economy, ceremony and, more important, gets at underlying perceptions about the Hawaiian place in the world at the turn of the century. It also challenges ideas about tradition, modernity and culture in Hawaii through the collection and loaned works.

Waikiki Brewing Company, in a unique partnerhsip with the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), is launching a beer made especially for this exhibit. Opening on September 13, the exhibition is the first to describe a seminal period in Hawaii's history—1874 to 1891—when Hawaiian art and culture, philosophy and practice were promoted through innovative means, ultimately to present a national identity to a global audience.

Called Hoʻoulu HoMA IPA, the beer will launch in tandem with the exhibition and can be found at the exhibition's opening reception, ARTafterDARK on September 26, and at Waikiki Brewing Company locations while the exhibit is open.

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