We're a collaborative gallery, performance and office space for businesses and nonprofit organizations, working to transform downtown Honolulu with the power of the arts.

Photography courtesy of Eric Baranda.



Learn about The ARTS at Marks Garage, a fourteen-year old community center attracting over 45,000 people annually to 12 major exhibits, and over 150 performances, screenings, and workshops.


Meet the Partners of The ARTS at Marks Garage, an assortment of visual arts and creative groups who host events, local programming, and projects in Chinatown and beyond.



Hear what people are saying about The ARTS at Marks Garage and go behind-the-scenes with a timeline of Marks projects, accomplishments, awards, and recognitions. 



‘Āina Aloha (beloved land, beloved country)

A touring, story-telling mural and visual manifestation of ʻike Hawaiʻi.
September 1 – 26, 2015 EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 10!
Featured Artists: Al Lagunero, Meleanna Meyer, Harinani Orme, Kahi Ching, Carl Pao & Solomon Enos.

The ʻĀINA ALOHA mural installation invites forgiveness, further conversation and greater understanding on historical trauma. Hawaiians and others so affected may be able to actively respond to the mural in ways that would offer an opportunity of healing. What would wellness look like if it was dreamt, imagined, and painted, not just from one point of view, but also from a multiplicity of perspectives with the end goals of truth telling, the act of forgiveness and healing in mind? Works on display at Marks include a 24’ two-sided canvas mural installation plus prints, drawings & paintings, and video installation.

Together as one, as we share the same belief of a land that gives - how can we collectively work at shifting our energy and our vision to work towards the act of forgiveness? Towards the healing of spirit, reconnecting to traditions and rebuilding relationships amongst peoples? Or of honoring of lands and culture, of place, language and spirit? We ask to challenge our perceptions, and by questioning these themes we can also consider a multitude of oral histories, traditional practices, genealogies and memories, before the silencing—theft, shaming and loss and say...what if?

Opening Reception: First Friday September 4, 6 to 9pm with an opening ceremony, artists talk, DJ Native Girl and the Bar@Marks with Kona Brews.

Writing Contest: Juried by Puanani Burgess and Lois Ann Yamanaka. Aina Aloha Story Challenge in Writing – 1000 words max written as an essay, poetry, non-fiction, fiction, or memoir. Top 4 winners will receive prizes and will be announced at closing reception. Interested in learning art and writing about it? Visit the exhibit and get a chance to understand the mural and talk to the artists themselves. Seize the opportunity to absorb the visual imagery in a creative writing competition juried by Puanani Burgess and Lois Ann Yamanaka. Some themes to consider writing about include but are not limited to: remembering or talking about past trauma, forgiving, healing, and moving forward. Free and open to the public.

The Art of the Story Workshop: Wednesday, September 9, 3 to 6pm. Join teachers Meleanna Aluli Meyer and Harinani Orme in a 3-hour professional development workshop for educators, teacher trainers, storytellers, after school specialists, kupuna, and community leaders. Learn how to integrate visual art and writing to enhance student creative writing ability, connect art forms to other subject areas, and deepen your knowledge of Hawaiian history through visual art. Free and open to the public. RVSP only. Please email cccrocke@hawaii.edu or call Charmaine at (808) 956-7539.



A year-round research-based after school arts mentoring program where teenagers learn about arts industries, deepen intellectual and social skills associated with arts-based learning, and have opportunities for college and careers in and through the arts.

Teens rebrand notorious "Paradise Lost" former drug den on Hotel Street with D.I.Y. barrel of monkeys.

Teens rebrand notorious "Paradise Lost" former drug den on Hotel Street with D.I.Y. barrel of monkeys.


the calendar at marks


What's new with Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu's largest monthly outdoor self-guided arts tour every First Friday.

CALL TO ARTISTS / auditions

View available open calls for original artwork as part of an upcoming exhibition, or audition information on new performances.

Concierge Desk for Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu


First known as the Hawaiian village of Kou and later Honolulu, the best deep sea port in Hawai'i facilitated the growth of Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu. The area became the island's business and cultural hub, a bar, red light district, and gateway for Hawai'i's immigrants, especially the Chinese and the Japanese. For over 200 years, this is where locals have come to shop, dine, and play.

The Chinatown and Downtown area has undergone a renaissance in recent years and has become the trendiest destination for local restaurants, clothing boutiques, novelty shops, and live entertainment. The ARTS at Marks recently received a Flipkey Trip Advisor award for best museum worth traveling for!

The ARTS at Marks Garage serves as Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu's visitor and information center, with information and guides on what to do, eat, and see. Come by and say hello next time you're in the area!



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