When I moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Honolulu and first went to this museum I kept looking around for more rooms! There's more Asian art in Cleveland! HMA is a small and intimate setting, but still a pleasurable change from Waikiki or Oahu shopping. You will be treated well at the cafe, but it is upscale, not for young kids. Same with the gift shop. Make a longer excursion here with a trip to Shangra La (check ahead for days and times), or double up with their newly acquired contemporary art museum. Both are in other neighborhoods, so you'll need to do your homework, but the views at both those locations are breathtaking. Be sure to admire the huge tree in the park across Beretania St. that faces the front entry.
Come at night for films or classical music at the Doris Duke theatre at the rear of the museum. It's a no frills setting, but brings in quality acts for a reasonable price.
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