arts infrastructure

Box Jelly-Dentsu Collaboration; Keeping up with Kaka'ako; Lāna`i: Nelinia Cabiles; Moloka’i: Kanoelani Davis; Hawai’i: Hiroki Morinoue; Toni Lee and Hawaiian Voices

Noe Tanigawa

This year, the 2019 Honolulu Biennial set roots in this community with thoughtful installations, and exuberant music, video, and conversations. According to the Biennial Foundation, forty five thousand visitors came from out of state for the events, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority estimates direct visitor expenditures around the Biennial reached $82 million dollars. All this, on a public investment of $35 thousand dollars. Now, the HB is ready for its next step, a permanent center for creative exploration.

Across Honolulu, storefront galleries have been disappearing, and exhibition venues are becoming rare, but you’re more likely to see art on the street or in a bar. With changes underway in Honolulu’s arts infrastructure, the role of the City could be crucial.