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. 

event calendar at marks

For information on the current gallery, visit the Current Exhibition Page.


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.

current exhibition


January 2-26

When one first experiences Hawaiʻi, sheer beauty is often the initial impression.  Upon closer examination, that beauty is revealed as a façade distracting us from the societal challenges surrounding us: poverty, homelessness, discrimination (gender, racial, national, etc.) and so on.  Upon this realization, Eri Kawano Irwin concentrated on these challenges, yet some aspect of beauty -- natural surroundings, beautiful people and distinct architecture -- always emerged.   

Eri sought to put this concept into words and offers this quote to describe this phenomenon:

“The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and consumption.  We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties.  Tranquilizing ourselves with over-consumption is not the way.” - Thich Nhat Hanh   

Eri Kawano Irwin says, "I grew up in Tokyo.  I was always interested in art and started selling postcard prints in a park instead of getting a real job while in college.  It worked and got me an opportunity to do some work in New York City.  As often happens, life goes its own way and I ended up taking time off to raise my daughters.

I moved here to Hawaiʻi in 2008 and have since started drawing again.  From the beginning, I always drew aspects of the world I saw around me, things that drew my attention.  I would take the things I saw and run them through the filter of my mind, for better or worse."

Recent Exhibitions:
Harajuku, Japan – 2 day exhibition in March
Chicago, IL, Conception Art Show at Dovetail Brewery, February 2018



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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