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Shangri La is a museum for learning about the global cultures of Islamic art and design in new and inspiring ways.

Visit Shangri La

Shangri La is a unique and memorable introduction to Islamic art, culture and design. 

The museum is only accessible from the Honolulu Museum of Art, Thursday through Saturday by reservation only.

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Exhibition Open Now: #8x8_shangrila_23

A spectacular exhibition of Hawai‘i artists responding to the theme of continuum at Shangri La.

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Black Lives Matter

As the righteous outrage over racial injustice and systemic oppression grows in this moment, we invite you to join us in supporting the tireless work countering these issues, in amplifying the voices and strategies for change from Black leaders and Black-led organizations in your networks, and in kneeling, standing or marching in solidarity with the movement to end white supremacy and inequities embedded in the fabric of our nation.  

Here is a list of resources to start.

Here is the Doris Duke Foundation's statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


What's happening at the museum

  • exhibition

    A’aru // Field of Reeds Part I

    Guirguis’ exhibition A’aru // Field of Reeds Part I (A’aru refers to the ancient Egyptian afterlife) considers the complexities of human relationships, shared trauma and healing, and the building of futures in community. This exhibition is On View at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

    March 9, 2023 - June 18, 2023

  • exhibition

    Jordan Nassar: Lēʻahi

    Moroccan Gallery, Shangri La

    November 5, 2022 - May 27, 2023

  • event

    Shangri La Nowruz Celebration

    Join Shangri la in celebrating Nowruz on Saturday, March 25, 2023. This educational program will introduce attendees to Nowruz through the sharing of dance, music, food, drinks, and poetry.

    March 25, 2023

Who's at the museum

  • residency

    Robert Karimi

    RobertFaridKarimi designs games and interactive performance experiences to spark audiences/players, in all manner of civic spaces, to imagine worlds of mutual community nourishment.

    May 20, 2023 - May 28, 2023

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Shangri La is within the ‘ili (subdivision) of Kapahulu in the ahupua‘a (land division) of Waikiki, in the moku (district) of Kona, on the mokupuni (island) of O‘ahu, in the paeʻāina (archipelago) of Hawaiʻi. It is with mindfulness and gratitude that the museum acknowledges this `āina (sacred land) as an indigenous space whose kānaka`āina (original people), are today identified as kānaka maoli (Native Hawaiians). Shangri La further recognizes that her majesty Queen Liliʻuokalani yielded the Hawaiian Kingdom and these territories, under duress and protest, to the United States to avoid the bloodshed of her people; peaceful and inspiring acts of kānaka maoli protest, assertions of sovereignty, and practices of cultural healing and rising continue today.

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