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First Fridays At the HiSAM

A woman examining art in a gallery

First Fridays are catching on quickly in museums across America. These evenings dedicated to art in various forms have made their way to the HiSAM. From the apartments for rent in Honolulu, these Fridays are easily accessible. If you’re planning to attend, here’s everything you need to know.

What Are First Fridays?

On the first Friday of each month, the Hawaii State Art Museum is hosting an evening of arts and music for the public. This a family-friendly, free event that focuses on a particular artist in one area with the rest of the museum galleries open for viewing.

As for the featured artist, it all depends on who is available at the time and willing to work with the museum. Styles can change from bands to clothing designers and other fine arts each First Friday, making every visit a different experience.

The Details

First Fridays take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the ground and second floors of the No. 1 Capitol District building in Honolulu. You can catch the first event on June 7th, then enjoy every first Friday until December 6th. The address for the Capitol District building is 250 South Hotel Street and the dates this year are:

  • June 7th
  • August 2nd
  • September 6th
  • October 4th
  • November 1st
  • and December 6th

This event is open to the public and entirely free. That includes special guests as well as the HiSAM galleries. You won’t find a single fee to attend a First Friday event, though you might have to pay for parking.


Alii Place has free parking available across the street. If their lot is full, then you can choose between metered street parking or a $4 valet at the Richards Street entrance gate. Accessible parking is available at Iolani Palace, Alii Place, the Kalanimoku building, and any state lots.

Of course, you could skip the parking hassle altogether and take advantage of TheBus lines stopping right in front of the HiSAM. Bicycle enthusiasts can take advantage of the bike racks at Honolulu City & Country on South Hotel Street or use the Biki Bikeshare. Finally, visitors can utilize the Waikiki Trolley as another option for public transportation.


The HiSAM’s other exhibits and monthly activities are always free to the public. You can check them out anytime during First Fridays, or see them on any other day the museum is open. Here are the museum’s hours:

  • Monday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • First Fridays – 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday – Closed
  • State and Federal Holidays – Closed

When planning your visit, it helps to look at the museum’s calendar to know what events are going on that day. Outside of First Fridays, there are events taking place throughout the summer. For more information, contact:

The Museum’s information line at (808) 586-0900
Visitor Services at (808) 586-9959
Or send an email to

New to The Museum

A new exhibit just arrived at the museum in April. HiSAM is proud to open their outdoor Sculpture Garden to the public. It is located on the ground floor where the recreational area used to be. If you haven’t seen this urban oasis, First Fridays are your golden opportunity.

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