“That was the first time I ever went to a movie by myself,” said Honolulu resident Carol Takayama following a screening of the documentary Iris on June 24. She loved the experience so much that the next day she retraced her steps to the museum to become a member.

Takayama, who describes herself as “low-key,” gardens, volunteers with the Pearl City Rose Society, and follows art and fashion closely. She knew of the documentary’s subject, the flamboyant octogenarian New York fashionista Iris Apfel, from a recent feature in a Kate Spade catalog. “The way she was put together was always so beautiful, with high-waisted green pants on. She’s very elegant, with her signature round glasses, too,” Takayama said in a phone interview. (Pictured above are Carol, left, and Iris Apfel in a still from the film. They both know how to rock the shades!)

“When I went to see the movie, I just wanted to see it myself, because I didn’t want anyone to critique or say anything. I just wanted to see what it was. Now I know that she has a very strong honest personality…she inspired me.”

Following the film, projectionists Conor McGivern and Alec Singer chatted with Takayama about the film, and told her how she might obtain the lone Iris poster when the film screenings ended.

In the past, Takayama had come to the museum with friends who were members to see the triennial Garden Club of Honolulu Major Flower Show. “I never thought I could become a member. The fees were higher. Now it’s quite affordable,” she said.

“Now I know I can go to the museum any time and read a book—I can walk from work—and I am planning to visit Shangri La soon. When I was young I used to walk over there to go swimming in the saltwater pool. My mom used to say ‘Her property is private; that’s someone’s home.’” Takayama just found out that now she can tour the property hiding behind the wall above the harbor she swam in as a girl—one of many discoveries sure to come with membership.