At the Honolulu Museum of Art Shop, checking off your holiday shopping list is easy peasy. As a hub for globally and locally made handcrafted items, our Shop has items for everyone on your list—and at a variety of prices.
Although perhaps a bold statement, some folks declare Blackwing pencils the best writing utensil in the world. Famous for their quality of graphite and iconic shape, these pencils have been used by writer John Steinbeck and Looney Tunes animators Leonard Bernstein and Chuck Jones. At the Shop, individual pencils cost $2.50, a sharpener costs $9.95 or you can purchase a set for $26.95. Purchase them for your aspiring writer or artist.
Does your loved one enjoy making a statement with their accessories and like to support local artists? If so, then this handmade rutilated quartz necklace by self-taught, Hawai‘i-based jewelry maker Candice Wakumoto, which goes for $1,750, is the perfect gift for them.
On Jan. 12 and 13, Doris Duke Theatre will throw a historic concert called A Night of Sovereign Strings. Hosted by luthier Kilin Reece and Hawaiian language professor Noah Ha‘alilio Solomon, the concert will transport audiences back to the vibrant string music landscape of the Kalākaua era and pay tribute to legendary Royal Hawaiian Band leader Mekia Kealaka‘i with performances by award-winning musicians.
Reece is giving Shop customers a sneak peek off of his recent CD collaboration with the Library of Congress. Made available for the first time in over 115 years, the recordings on this CD represent the culmination of years of research into the music of the Kalākaua dynasty’s string band traditions. The CD, which costs $20, supports the museum as well as Mekia Kealaka‘i Scholarship and Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band. You can also purchase the CD at the concert.
Know a cat-lover with a green thumb? Gift them one of these ceramic planters to liven up their desks or homes with. Each planter costs $24.50 and those without a penchant for kitties will hopefully be pleased with this Buddha planter.