Aloha HoMA Community,
I hope this message finds you well as we all navigate the many ways COVID-19 has altered our normal way of life—community to community, and throughout the entire world. While no one could have possibly imagined the degree to which things would change virtually overnight, it is inspiring to see our community working together to support the most vulnerable among us, honoring our frontline heroes, and pushing forward to the day when we can fully open for business once again.
Like so many non-profits, the pandemic has required us to look closely at our operations and activities, and make adjustments to ensure that we continue to be positioned for long-term sustainability and relevance. Despite the changes the pandemic has brought to HoMA, I have been so impressed by the way our museum ‘ohana has rallied in response to this crisis with selfless teamwork, resolve, and amazing creativity. The dedication that our trustees, donors, staff, volunteers and loyal community supporters demonstrate towards HoMA is amazing, and I am sincerely appreciative of all that you do for this incredible museum.
We have been hard at work planning for the museum’s reopening (look for updates coming soon), and as with every other business and organization here in Hawai‘i, things will look very different at HoMA when we open our doors once again. The health of our guests, employees, and community will be of utmost priority, reflected in the many measures we will take to safeguard and protect everyone who walks through our doors. But, the changes don’t stop there.
The museum closure has given us the gift of time to reflect upon and appreciate our institution’s rich history, to better understand who we are, what we stand for, and what we can offer to the community. We are more certain than ever before that the essential character of HoMA is—and always has been—grounded in three foundational elements: art of the highest quality, a firm belief in the power of art education, and a commitment to accessibility for the entire community.
Over the next several months, we will continue to explore what this means for our exhibitions, collection, programs and events, and look forward to unveiling new plans and ideas about our role in the community. Although we are living in a time of great uncertainty, this is the beginning of a thrilling new chapter for HoMA, and we cannot wait to share it with you. Most of all, we’re looking forward to welcoming you back to the museum once again.
Halona Norton-Westbrook, Ph.D, Director