Up for an evening in Honolulu that offers cultural exploration and fun, with a focus on Hawaiian music? Check out Two Museums and a Royal Palace: Hawaiian Music Festival, a museum crawl event slated set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Iolani Palace.
In a news release issued by the Bishop Museum, its president and CEO, Blair D. Collis, said: “The focus on Hawaiian music is a great draw, especially for the visitors, who can take this opportunity to get a good taste of the genre’s different styles and variations.” The event’s music headliners include: Paula Fuga, the duo Waipuna, and the trio Maunalua.
Free shuttle buses transport festivalgoers to the three venues, which will be open until 9 p.m. Admission ($10 for adult residents, $19.95 adult non-residents) includes entry to both museums and the palace. Members of the three institutions can attend for free.
Festivalgoers can start their night at any of the three venues, where they’ll get wristbands that allow entry to shuttles and other locations. To see schedules slated for the Bishop Museum (pictured, left), Honolulu Museum of Art, and Iolani Palace (pictured, above), click here, here and here, respectively.
Kippen de Alba Chu, director of Iolani Palace, said in the release: “This strategic collaboration showcases Hawaii’s rich history and art, and fosters a greater appreciation and understanding of how Native Hawaiian traditions permeate our society even today.”
Visitors will have a different experience at each location, and with good timing, can catch the music headliners at each venue as well as a variety of food and drink, and activities.
Stephan Jost, director of the Honolulu Museum of Art said in the release: “Music is something that binds us all together,” says Stephan Jost, director of the Honolulu Museum of Art. He added, “All three venues are magical places to hear some of our best musicians perform under the stars.”
Photo (top) Bishop Museum, Tor Johnson; (bottom) Iolani Palace, Joe Solem. Both photos – Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)