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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.

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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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8x8: Source

This fourth installment of 8x8 brings together eight visual artists and eight performing artists based in Hawaiʻi to create new work inspired by their encounters with Shangri La. Sparking a generative force to this year’s exhibition, the theme “source” has been interpreted by these 16 artists to produce commentaries on topics ranging from sustainability and ancestry to rising and return.

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Shangri La’s blog is the place where you can find stories every week about the globally significant art and conversations happening at our awe-inspiring museum and center in Honolulu.

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Artist-in-Residence: Navid Sinaki

A video artist and author, Navid Sinaki, is crafting a unique and original story at Shangri La.

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What's happening at the museum

  • exhibition

    8x8: Source

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

    January 13, 2024 - June 1, 2024

  • exhibition

    Navid Sinaki: The Infinite Garden

    Honolulu Museum of Art, Arts of the Islamic World Gallery

    October 5, 2023 - March 3, 2024

Acknowledgment of Place

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 original people are identified as kānaka maoli (Native Hawaiians). Her majesty Queen Liliʻuokalani yielded the Hawaiian Kingdom and its lands - under the threat of force and in protest- to the United States to avoid the bloodshed of her people. Acts of kānaka maoli healing, protest and rising continue today. Shangri La convenes artistic work that actively explores Hawaiʻi nei (this beloved place).

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