The Hawaiian Islands are newer and fresher than any land on the planet. Nature’s beauty has never been on a brighter display. The flora and the fauna are breathtaking. For the seeker of divinity and transcendence, mo betta’ beauty can always be found. The Honolulu Museum of Art serves as a chapel of the fine arts.
Founded in 1922, the Honolulu Museum of Art resides in the sprawling Beretania Street estate of the Cooke family, descendants of missionaries who became farmers and landowners. Many buildings and bright courtyards offer a variety of exhibits, classical to modern. Recently, the museum has absorbed the Contemporary Museum, nestled in the hills of Makiki Heights above Honolulu. The Contemporary Museum is a gift of newspaper publisher Thurston Twigg-Smith and his family. Twigg-Smith is the son of William Twigg-Smith, a New Zealand-born painter who made a life in the Hawaiian Islands.