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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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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 Charitable Foundation's statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.



April 05, 2021

Shangri La is temporarily closed to the public through mid-2021. Follow us on Instagram Facebook and YouTube! Enjoy our new online exhibitions Kamran Samimi #8x8_ShangriLa and American Muslim Futures. Explore our collection and educational resources! Visit our Google Arts & Culture page to take a Google Streetview tour of the museum and discover past exhibitions! We look forward to announcing when we will be welcoming you back to the museum - until then, we wish you abundant health, happiness, and hope.

Now Live: Sanctuaries

An amazing online exhibition of new work by artist-in-residence Kamran Samimi.

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Now Live: #8x8_shangrila

A spectacular online exhibition of Hawai‘i artists responding to the concept of place at Shangri La.

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Now Live: American Muslim Futures

A groundbreaking online exhibition envisioning a just future.

American Muslim Futures Exhibition

What's happening at the museum

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    Kamran Samimi: Sanctuaries

    April 8, 2021 - October 2, 2021

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    A spectacular online exhibition of Hawai‘i artists responding to the concept of place at Shangri La.

    December 31, 2020 - March 9, 2021

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    Kamran Samimi: In Stillness

    Honolulu Museum of Art, Arts of the Islamic World Gallery Annex

    October 1, 2020 - August 15, 2021

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    American Muslim Futures

    American Muslim Futures is an online exhibition of work that pairs the creativity of visual and performing artists with the conviction of civil rights advocates to realize new civic futures where all Americans live free from hate and discrimination. This exhibition is a collaboration between Shangri La and Muslim Advocates

    September 21, 2020 - December 31, 2020

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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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