Capitol Modern: The Hawaii State Art Museum


Capitol Modern exhibits offer insight into current themes and diverse expressions in the local art world through some of the best contemporary art from across Hawai‘i.

Current Exhibits

  • Gallery view of the "Accession" exhibit.

    Lē‘ahi Gallery


    Feb 10, 2023Jan 31, 2024

    A selection of recent additions to the collection offer an insight into current trends and themes in the local arts scene and provide an opportunity to see the diversity of works being created in Hawaiʻi today.

  • Gallery view of the "Fear of the Unknown" exhibit.

    ‘Ewa Gallery

    Fear of the Unknown

    Jul 7, 2023Jan 31, 2024

    Experience the 34 contemplative artworks that remind us of fear's ever-presence in the human life by walking through our new exhibit Fear of the Unknown.

  • ‘Ewa Gallery

    Creatures & Characters

    Aug 4, 2023Jun 12, 2024

    Highlights a variety of narrative artworks from the collection. Through a diverse mix of media and artistic approaches, the depictions of creatures and characters suggest stories and ideas that unfold in surprising, unusual, and amusing ways.

Ongoing Exhibits

  • Special Exhibition

    The POD


    The Passion On Display gallery is a ground floor space that houses the Capitol Modern Artist-In-Residence program.

  • Sculpture Garden


    Our ground floor Sculpture Garden has been transformed from its beginnings as a recreational area with a large swimming pool and bleachers into an urban oasis with pathways and nooks for reflection.

Recent Exhibits

  • Annual Exhibit

    2021 Young Artists

    Young Artists of Hawai‘i is an annual student art competition and exhibition that recognizes creative excellence among Hawaii’s public and private school students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade. This exhibit is presented by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. The program provides opportunities for students to participate in a juried art competition. A panel of distinguished judges select 96 works for exhibition from school submissions.

  • Art Piece with text Altered States

    Altered States

    Highlighting unique and alternative visions of the world through twenty-three artworks from the SFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection.

  • Mai Hoʻohuli
    i ka Lima i Luna

    Mai Hoʻohuli i ka Lima i Luna features Hawaiian art from the Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and is guest curated by Drew Broderick, Kaʻili Chun, and Kapulani Landgraf.

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