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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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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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8x8: Source

Shangri La is excited to announce 8x8: Source will be opening on January 13, 2024.

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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

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    Concert by the Sea

    Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design and PAʻI Foundation come together for Concert by the Sea, a one-night fundraising event for the people of Maui at Shangri La. Proceeds will be distributed through the PA'I Foundation's Kōkua Nā Hono a ʻo Piʻilani fund to support individuals and cultural organizations impacted by the August fires on Maui.

    September 30, 2023

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    Short Film Showcase & Artist Talk

    Documenting forgetting & exploring intersections of identity, representation, indigenous non-binary definitions of gender, and solidarity.

    October 5, 2023

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    8x8: Source

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

    January 13, 2024 - June 1, 2024

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    Navid Sinaki: The Infinite Garden at Shangri La

    Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

    October 5, 2023 - March 31, 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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