Art Gallery

Hawai'i Pacific University recognizes that exposure to art in various media enriches the lives of its community of students, faculty, and staff. Also, the University is a longtime supporter of the arts in the public community.

The primary focus of the gallery is the showing of art in a variety of media produced by artists who live and work in Hawaii. The gallery provides 2,000 square feet of open exhibition space allowing for wall-mounted and free-standing displays.

The Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018-19 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE (PDF). The primary focus of the gallery is to showcase the work of artists ho live and work in Hawai‘i. HPU Gallery Curator, Sanit Khewhok, noted, “Our gallery program continues to draw the attention of artists and audiences alike.  Annually we review far more portfolios of work than we can possibly accommodate.  For this reason, we are scheduled to have paired artist exhibits this year.  Our selection includes an exciting diversity of media and styles.”


CASE by Laurie Sumiye
May 5 through June 28, 2019

 CASE by Laurie Sumiye

In the 19th century, Wardian cases were an early version of the terrarium, enabling Victorian plant collectors to transport exotic plants to Europe. CASE is a metaphor for protecting Hawaii’s natural resources, as well as the commoditization of the same resources to be shipped abroad for commercial and personal uses. This modern-day Wardian case of native Hawaiian flora could one day in the future be hidden away in private homes and botanical gardens in other parts of the world. Whether we resign ourselves to losing humanity’s ongoing struggle to find a balance within nature, it exists as a quiet space for viewers to confront our destructive and creative totality within the world ecosphere.


HPU students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take advantage of viewing and enjoying the year round gallery exhibitions. The public is invited at any time during the gallery's hours of operation to view the exhibitions. Visitors to Hawaii and Hawai'i Pacific University's Hawai'i Loa campus may wish to include a gallery visit as a stop on their around-the-island trip. The panoramic view of the Koolau mountains from the front grand lanai of the Cooke Academic Center provides a memorable photo opportunity of your visit to Hawaii and Hawai'i Pacific University.

The Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery is located on HPU’s Windward Hawai‘i Loa campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, in Kaneohe. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Parking and admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 544-9340.

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