Honolulu, Hawaii has one of the most perfect climates in the world. It is never cold, and it only occasionally becomes hot. It can be humid at certain times of the year, like the months between May and August. The winter is the peak season - visitors flock to Honolulu to escape cold winters in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere. This is also the peak surfing season. So although temperatures are very mild, there are many visitors and airline fares and room rates are at their highest. The fall months between September and November are the best months to visit Honolulu - crowds are gone, the weather is great, and rates are down. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Honolulu, Hawaii Weather & Temperature by Month
2.Getting to Honolulu, Hawaii
3.Getting From the Honolulu Airport
4.Information for Visitors
5.Getting Around - Public Transportation
7.Shopping in Honolulu
8.Honolulu Neighborhood Guide
9.Getting Married in Honolulu
10.Where to Stay
Best Time to Go to Hawaii - Weather Year Round
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More Ideas: Hawaii State Art Museum
The Hawaii State Art Museum can be found in the No. 1 Capitol District Building in Honolulu on the second floor. There is no charge for admission to the museum. The majority of the museum's collection is displayed in public building, such as schools, state offices, and libraries. Works of art included in the museum's collection are mostly contemporary works created by artists who have a connection to Hawaii.
Hawai'i: Change and Continuity exhibit showcases the history of Hawaii through an examination of the overlapping influences of human impact and the bounty of nature on a fragile environment. The exhibition explores how expressions through art define the character of Hawaii's changing environment and society, as well as how artists make a significant contribution towards explaining who the people of Hawaii are. This exhibit displays one hundred and thirty works of art by almost one hundred and thirty different artists.
During museum hours, visitors have the opportunity to learn about art as they have hands-on fun with books, building blocks, and more in the I Love Art Gallery. ACECESSION, an exhibit in the Hawaii State Art Museum sponsored by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, encourages visitors to engage with an assortment of recent artwork added to its Art in Public Places Collection. The exhibition showcases thirty-three works of art by twenty-seven artists from throughout Hawaii.
The Sculpture Garden at the Hawaii State Art Museum is situated in what was once a recreational area that contained bleachers and a swimming pool on the building's ground floor. The space has now been converted to an urban oasis. The area still contains some elements that invoke memories of the once present pool, providing sites for reflection and pathways for discovery. Within the Sculpture Garden, the works of art, selected plants, and even the building merge together to create a multi-faceted environment in which visitors will find all of their senses delighted.
The Hawaii State Art Museum offers several events and activities for visitors every month. The galleries at the museum are open late on the first Friday of each month, with family-friendly live entertainment from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Admission is still free during the event. Free hands-on art activities are offered for visitors of all ages on the second Saturday of each month from 11:00am to 3:00pm, or until the supplies run out. Another event hosted by the museum is Art Lunch, a "meet the artist" lectures series that takes place each month on the last Tuesday. Guests can either bring their own lunch or buy one from the museum's café.
Free docent-led school tours and guided group tours of the Hawaii State Art Museum are available to guests upon request. School tours last thirty minutes for students in kindergarten and first grade, and forty-five minutes to an hour for second to twelfth grade. Teachers can also choose a self-guided tour with informational materials provided by the museum. Small group and individual guided tours are offered when docent volunteers are available.
250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, Phone: 719-383-5010
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More Ideas: Byodo-In Temple
Located in Oahu, Hawaii within the Valley of the Temples, the Byodo-In Temple is a non-denominational traditional temple honoring Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, modeled as a replica of the 900-year-old Uji Buddhist Temple in Kyoto. The original Byodo-In Temple was constructed in 998 in Uji, the second-largest city within Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture. Founded as a monastery by Fujiwara no Yorimichi, the original Byodo-In was famous for its classical statue of the Vairochana buddha, which was lost in 1053 and replaced by a wooden statue of the Amitabha buddha.
The Japanese site is recognized as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
In 1968, a half-scale replica of the temple was commissioned for construction in Oahu to honor the 100-year anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, who arrived on the islands alongside Chinese, Korean, and Filipino immigrants as laborers for pineapple and sugarcane plantations. In August of that year, the temple was officially dedicated by Governor John A. Burns, noted for his commitment to Japanese rights issues during Hawaii’s term as a United States territory.
Permanent Attractions and Exhibits
Today, Byodo-In Temple is used as a nondenominational place of worship, welcoming worshippers of all faiths. Though it is commonly believed to be a Buddhist temple site, no active monastery or congregation opens on site, although the temple’s worship facilities are open to individual visitors. The temple’s grounds span 11,000 square feet of the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, which contains multi-denominational sites of worship and burial grounds for Hawaiian residents, including several mausoleums for notable area political figures. The temple was widely known as a temporary interment site for Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whose body was held at a mausoleum on the temple grounds until it was transported back to a refrigerated tomb in the Philippines.
Unlike its Japanese predecessor, which was built with wood construction techniques avoiding the use of nails, the Hawaiian Byodo-In is primarily constructed of concrete. It is home to the Amida Buddha statue, a nine-foot golden statue by sculptor Masuzo Inui that is believed to be the largest buddha statue crafted outside of Japan. 52 sculptures of enlightened boddhisattvas surround the buddha, depicted playing instruments and floating on cloud shapes. The buddha is located within the temple’s Phoenix Hall, named after the statues of the legendary birds located on each end of the structure’s roof.
Inside the Kanetru-ki-do Bell House, a five-foot sacred bell referred to as bon-sho is modeled after the instrument at the original Byodo-In’s Bell House. The three-ton bell, sculpted from brass, is customarily rung using a shu-moku wooden log before entrance into the temple, traditionally thought to induce mental purification and protection from evil spirits in preparation of worship and meditation. Behind the temple, a Meditation Pavilion offers a private space for worship, and a garden of koi ponds spans two acres. Traditional Japanese gardens surrounding the facility are home to peacocks and sparrows and offer views of the Ko’oalu Mountain area.
The facility’s traditional Japanese Tea House now serves as a gift shop, located next to the temple building. Traditional Japanese and Buddhist items are offered to visitors, including Goddess of Mercy figurines, buddha statues, kimonos, ichi-ban headbands, and art works by local traditional Japanese artisans. Food to feed the fish within the koi ponds is also offered.
Ongoing Programs and Events
In addition to traditional worship services, the Byodo-In Temple offers group tours for students, cruise excursion participants, and small groups and organizations. Guided and customized tours may be booked by contacting the facility’s Event Coordinator. The temple facility is also available for rental for weddings and other private special events, with special packages offered for photography shoots.
A variety of workshops and special events are held at the temple throughout the year, including performances and demonstrations by traditional artists and crafters. All artists who showcase work at the temple must donate a portion of proceeds to temple operations. Weekly yoga and meditation sessions are held at Ocean View Terrace, and Buddhist mindfulness meditation sessions are conducted on Saturday afternoons. Concerts are also held on the temple’s grounds, including a regular Jazz at the Temple performance series.
Funeral and burial services are offered for Hawaiian residents at the Valley of the Temples park, including end-of-life pre-planning consultations, obituary services, and grief and healing therapy resources for family members and loved ones. A large selection of funeral and sympathy floral bouquets and vase arrangements are available on the Valley of the Temples website, offering flower delivery and international shipping rates.
47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744, Phone: 808-239-9844
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