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Honolulu Biennial: Middle of Now | Here

The Honolulu Biennial is a celebration of contemporary art from the Americas, Pacific and Asian continent.

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March 8th - May 8th

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Free self-parking in the Ward Gateway Center parking lot.


The inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 showcases the diversity of ideas, art, and culture from the countries and continents connected by the Pacific Ocean: Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Challenging the notion that Hawaiʻi is in "the middle of nowhere," the Biennial presents Honolulu as a major cultural hub where art and ideas from around the Pacific region are developed and exchanged. Covering more than 30% of the Earth's surface, the Pacific is the largest unified living space on the planet. At the heart of this vibrant Pacific community, Hawaiʻi serves as a vital bridge between East and West. Honolulu Biennial expands the conversation in the global contemporary art world to highlight the thriving art scene of the Pacific. Important subjects being explored by artists of the region are of central focus, ranging from the impact of colonization and Westernization to the myriad environmental issues faced by local and global communities.

Source: honolulubiennial.org

the hub

The Hub of Honolulu Biennial
333 Ward Avenue (Former Sports Authority)
Daily, except Wednesdays
12:00pm - 7:00pm

Featured Artists:

  • Vernon Ah Kee
  • Sama Alshaibi
  • Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan
  • Drew Broderick
  • Mariquita "Micki" Davis
  • Beatrice Glow
  • Brett Graham
  • Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
  • Yuki Kihara
  • Alexander Lee
  • Marques Hanalei Marzan
  • Jane Chang Mi
  • Lee Mingwei
  • Eko Nugroho
  • Fiona Pardington
  • Chris Ritson
  • Michelle Schwengel-Regala
  • Greg Semu
  • teamLab
  • John Vea
  • Ken + Kulia Yonetani


Tickets can be purchased online at honolulubiennial.org and at The Hub during hours of operation.

  • $10 General
  • Free for Keiki, under 18 years
  • $7 Kama‘āina
  • $7 Military
  • $5 University Students
  • $5 Senior Citizens (62+)
  • $25 The Hub Pass (unlimited entry: You + 1 guest; non-transferrable)


Free parking is available in the Ward Gateway Center Parking Lot

IBM Building

IBM Building & Ward Village Courtyard
1240 Ala Moana Blvd.
Daily, Except Wednesdays
10:00am - 5:00pm

Featured Artists - Courtyard:

  • Choi Jeong Hwa
  • Zhan Wang

Featured Artist - IBM Building:

  • Yayoi Kusama


Admission is free.


Free parking is available across the street in the T.J. Maxx Parking Garage or in the Ward Centre Parking Garage.

text-to-win contest

Be on the lookout for Ward Village Text-To-Win Posters at The Hub!

Text "Biennial @ Ward Village" to the number found on the poster to be entered to win a Yayoi Kusama book, valued at $75!

One winner will be chosen at random, every week.

Public Programs

Weekly Docent-Led Tours of The Hub
March 4 - May 8, 2017
Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:15pm
Saturdays, 1:30 - 2:15pm

Tours are open to the public and no pre-registration is required for individuals and small groups. For large groups (10+) and school tour bookings, please email carol@honolulubiennial.org to book; please book at least one week in advance.

Art Talk Tuesdays at The Hub
March 14, 21, 28 | April 4, 11, 18 | May 2
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Featuring artists, curators, cultural producers, community organizers, film makers, farmers, writers, publishers, academics, scientists, musicians and out-of-town guests ruminating on themes and ideas related to Honolulu Biennial 2017.

Please check honolulubiennial.org for details on speakers.

Admission: free and open to the public, but seating is limited so registration is required: michaela@honolulubiennial.org

Savings Pass

Your ticket from The Hub saves you 25% off one item at participating Ward Village Shops and restaurants.


  • Big Bad Wolf
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
    All sales final
  • Big Island Delights
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
    Excludes gift baskets, boxes and special orders
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
    25% off one (1) regular priced food or beverage
    Excludes retail gifts and gift cards
  • Holoholo Market
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
    Excludes liquor and tobacco
  • Salvage Public
    25% off one (1) Salvage Public accessory or apparel
  • Twin Islands
    25% off one (1) regular priced item


  • Bellini Bistro & Bar
    Receive a complimentary gelato dessert with purchase of an entree.
    Offer valid one per table
  • Crazy Shirts Outlet
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
    Excludes gift card purchases
  • Downtown Gifthings
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
  • Island Olive Oil Company
    25% off one (1) regular priced Olive Wood household accessory
  • Jams World
    25% off one (1) regular priced Jams World brand apparel
  • Merle Norman Cosmetics
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
  • Miemiko
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
    Excludes consignment & vintage finds
  • MisFortune Hawaii
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
  • Moana Hawaii
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
  • Moxy Boutique
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
  • Noa Noa
    25% off one (1) rayon scarf
  • Paul Brown Salon
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
  • POSHd by Valerie Joseph
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
  • T&C Surf
    25% off one (1) regular priced T&C Surf brand apparel
  • Taj Clubhouse
    25% off one (1) regular priced item


  • REAL a gastropub
    25% off one pint of beer


  • Aupuni Place
    25% off any art reproduction by a Native Hawaiian Artist
  • Clay Café
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
    Excludes drinks
  • Dairy Queen
    Free Dairy Queen 5oz cone with the purchase of any DQ Blizzard or Orange Julius Smoothie
  • Hello Makana
    25% off one (1) flavored macnuts from Ahualoa Farms
  • Jewelry Plus Hawaii
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
  • Nā Mea Hawaii
    25% off one (1) authentic puka shell necklace
  • Native Knowledge Center
    25% off one (1) book by a Native Hawaiian author
  • Nohea Gallery
    25% off one-item storewide with purchase of any Made in Hawaii oil painting, watercolor or pastel
  • Novel T World
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
    Excludes Tokidoki
  • Ocean Queen
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
  • Taj Clubhouse
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
  • The Ultimate Foot Store
    25% off one (1) regular priced item
    Excludes Birkenstock & HOKA footwear
  • T&C Surf
    25% off one (1) regular priced T&C Surf Brand apparel

Offers valid March 8 through May 8, 2017 at participating Ward Village locations. Store offer only valid on one (1) regular priced item (storewide, specific item, buy one, get one 25% off, etcetera). Restaurant offers may vary. Must present original Honolulu Biennial admission ticket to receive discount; duplications or copies are not valid. Not combinable with other offers.

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