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Perk up with a local cup of joe, eye exquisite art and chat with native Hawaiian artisans traveling their ancestral path. You can always count on Oahu to deliver a world of intriguing encounters.
Insider Tip:“Visitors may not have museums at the top of their list. But when they come to HoMA, they are often surprised to find a world-class, encyclopedic collection and lots of amenities. There are cafes, a theater and our Museum Shop, which includes an extensive selection of works by the islands’ finest artisans and craftspeople.”
— Sean O’Harrow, Director, Honolulu Museum of Art
Culinary:Buzz WordsEnjoy a “farm to cup” tasting at Honolulu Coffee Experience Center (HonoluluCoffee.com), as certified specialists grade coveted Kona java in a climate-controlled cupping room. After roasting and tasting, refuel on goodies and bites at the on-site eatery and bakery. Reservations are required for Tuesday through Friday tours at 1800 Kalakaua Ave.
Shopping:Art to Go Ogle artistic diversity from ancient Hawaiian feather capes to paintings by Van Gogh and Picasso. Then wrap up the jaunt by purchasing unique stationery, prints and publications that reflect the international scope of Honolulu Museum of Art’s (HonoluluMuseum.org) vast collections. Shop proceeds fuel public accessibility to exhibitions at HoMA’s Honolulu properties.
Activity:Culture Club Relish rich cultural connections with every step to Waimea Valley’s (WaimeaValley.net) iconic 45-foot waterfall. Along the way, mo`olelo (talk story) with practitioners perpetuating ancient traditions of stone carving, lauhala-weaving and weapon-making at this sacred North Shore treasure (59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.) garnished with 5,000 botanicals.