On Nov. 16, join the Honolulu Museum of Art as we honor and celebrate King Kalākaua’s lā hānau, or birthday. (If he were still alive today, he’d be a wise 182 years old.) After all, the visionary monarch—in which innovation, art and design flourished under his reign—is the focus of our milestone exhibition Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i: The King Kalākaua Era. Here are some events happening in honor of King David Kalākaua.

Free admission for local residents

Kama‘āina are invited to visit the museum—and exhibition, of course—for free on Friday, Nov. 16. All you need to do is bring valid state ID.

Moʻolelo Storytelling Festival • Aloha for the King: A Tribute to King David Kalākaua 

At 7pm, guests are invited to attend Moʻolelo Storytelling Festival • Aloha for the King: A Tribute to King David Kalākaua at Doris Duke Theatre. Presented by the PA‘I Foundation, join Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero, Hālau Nā Kamalei O Lililehua, Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang, Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau, Vicky & Jeff Takamine, Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima, the Kawika Trask Trio, storyteller Moses Goods and special guest artists as we celebrate with oli (chant), mele (songs), hula (dance) and moʻolelo (stories).

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Tickets cost $20 and you can get them online here.

“A New Departure in Hawaiian Politics”

For those who find themselves over at ‘Iolani Palace, attend a free talk by Lorenz Gonschor, Pacific Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean at Atenisi University in Tonga. For those of you who have cracked open the Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i catalog, Gonschor’s name may sound familiar. He’s one of the contributors, penning the essay on Kalākaua’s royal orders. On Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm in the Kana‘ina Building on the ‘Iolani Palace Grounds, Gonschor will be discussing Kalākaua’s contributions to the unification of Oceania in a talk called “A New Departure in Hawaiian Politics.”

On Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm in the Kana‘ina Building on the ‘Iolani Palace Grounds, Gonschor will be discussing Kalākaua’s contributions to the unification of Oceania. This talk is presented by Hui Aloha ‘Āina o Honolulu and is part of their New Research in Nā Mea Hawai‘i series.

We hope you are able to enjoy some of the offerings here at HoMA (and beyond) for Kalākaua’s birthday!