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. 

Shop @ Marks!

Interested in purchasing works from our current and past exhibits? Head over to our web store and you can make purchases from the retail section for the Phone Camera Photos exhibit as well as select pieces in the Bloomingdales' Gallery.

Chinatown Artists Lofts Available!
Only a few more artists lofts are available for rent! For more info and to apply, contact Rich Richardson at rich@artsatmarks.com or 808-778-6392.



Maoli Arts Month - The Lab: Experiments in Photography
May 3-28, 2016

For our May Maoli Arts Month exhibition, The Lab: Experiments in Photography will be the 11th time that our gallery space has hosted this annual exhibition which features the work of prominent and emerging Native Hawaiian artists.

Curated by Healoha Johnson, The Lab: Experiments in Photography will feature thephotography work of Kapulani Landgraf, the MAMo Awardee for 2016, as well as two emerging photographers, Ualani Davis and Dru Hara.  Kapulani Landgraf’s work has evolved from black and white, large format 4x5 camera photographs to woven, etched, and otherwise reconstructed political statements to her current mixed media installations.  Across these various formats, Landgraf’s work offers interpretations of contemporary social issues, and explores the economic, institutional, and cultural underpinnings of Hawaiʻi. Artwork by recent UH Manoa graduate, Ualani Davis, plays with both subject matter and the chemical process as she develops photographs that explore issues of identity and innovation.  Current UH Manoa BFA student, Dru Hara, uses the medium to translate ephemeral moments of his everyday experiences into contemplative lasting impressions.

According to curator Healoha Johnson, “Kapulani Landgraf is a prolific artist whose outstanding exhibition and award history, along with her position as a tenured professor in the Kapiolani Community College Art Department, have allowed her to engage with multi-generational students, artists, scholars, and curators.  Her contributions are many, and her impact upon my generation is profound.  Through her work, I have come to understand the critical yet sensitive capacity of photography as it pertains to the Hawaiian experience. It seems befitting that she be the MAMo 2016 Awardee and that she serve as a mentor to two young, emerging photographers.  I propose to conduct studio visits with the artists, and will request Kapu attend a number of visits with me to the studios of Ualani Davis and Dru Hara, who would benefit from the exposure to professional and artistic input concerning their work."



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 in our Generation of Smiles after school program create BIG backdrops for Hawaii Theatre concerts and miniature street-art throughout Chinatown.

Arts Educator, Christie Knoll will guide teens in the creation of monumental-sized murals as well as small-scale installations making a big impact on both youth and the neighborhood.

Teens will have the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills and research methods while gaining skills in drawing, painting, photography, installation art, sculpture, mixed-media, topography and graphic design and new media.  

All teens are welcome for This FREE program but space is limited. Please contact Christie Knoll at youth@artsatmarks.com for more information.



"Fostering Ohana" with PlayBuilders of Hawaii

Currently there is a shortage of 70 foster homes on Oahu. National Statistics on Foster Children aging out of the System share dismal outcomes; only 58% graduate high school by the age of 19; less than 10% go on to college; 1 in 5 will become homeless; 1 in 4 will be incarcerated within two years of exiting the system. For most former foster children, problems exist in forming stable cohabiting situations, parenting and social relationships.

In an effort to help find more high quality foster homes and as a way to reach out to former foster youth, PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company, in collaboration with Partners in Development, Queen Lili’ouklani Children’s Center, Catholic Charities, Hawai’i and other foster care helping organizations, is developing a play with the assistance of former foster youth, ages 18 to 26, while teaching them the art of acting and dance for one year, on Sunday nights at the ARTS at Marks Garage. In the spring of 2017, the finished play will be rehearsed and taken on a state-wide tour as a way to educate the public about this very  important issue and hopefully recruit more foster homes. For more information on this project please go to www.playbuilders.org or contact Terri Madden at terri.madden@playbuilders.org.



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!



Our Sponsors


The ARTS at Marks is sponsored by Kumu Kahua Theatre, presenting world-class theatre by and about Hawaii's people in the heart of downtown Honolulu.

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