The Honolulu Academy of Arts is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and teaching of the visual arts, and the presentation of exhibitions, films and videos, performing arts, and public programs specifically relevant to Hawai'i's ethnically diverse community.
Anna Rice Cooke founded the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1927 in order to share her love of the arts with the children and people of Hawaii.
That our children of many nationalities and races, born far from the centers of art, may receive an intimation of their own cultural legacy and wake to the ideals embodied in the arts of their neighbors.
The Honolulu Academy of Arts is Hawaii's premier art museum, with a collection of over 50,000 works. An encyclopedic museum where original works of art can be experienced in state-of-the-art galleries, it has major strengths in European and American painting, graphic and decorative arts, and the arts of Asia. With education as its mission, the Academy also administers the Academy Art Center at Linekona, the largest private art school in the Islands.