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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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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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Exhibition Open Now: Lē‘ahi

Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design announces a new exhibition of an original work by Palestinian American artist Jordan Nassar. Created during his residency at the museum, the work, Lē‘ahi , is a 4-by-6-foot tile panel featuring hundreds of 3/8-inch glass mosaic tiles forming the view of Lē‘ahi from 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 spectacular online exhibition of Hawai‘i artists responding to the theme of continuum at Shangri La.

    January 7, 2023 - April 1, 2023

  • exhibition

    Jordan Nassar: Lēʻahi

    Moroccan Gallery, Shangri La

    November 5, 2022 - May 27, 2023

  • residency

    Abdul Matin Malikzada

    Abdul Matin Malikzada is a seventh-generation potter from Istalif, Afghanistan - a celebrated epicenter of ceramic production in the country's east. During his residency, Malikzada will begin work on two unique ceramics for Shangri La.

    January 21, 2023 - January 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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