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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.


Soiree Sa(va)ge Fundraiser
September 30, 6-9 PM

Experience the expanse of Oceania in this intimate night of movement, music and sound, culinary delights and the visual arts.  Enjoy ‘awa and farm to table foods from locally renowned chefs while listening to poetry, prose, and Hawaiian music, culminating in a one time only collaborative performance by international artists Rosanna Raymond (New Zealand/Samoa) who activates the Pacific notion ‘Va’ in provocative performance work, and Moana Nepia (Māori/English/Irish), a visual artist, former ballet dancer/choreographer and UH Professor who explores the Māori concept of ‘ ‘Te Kore’ – the void. Fresh from conducting separate projects at the Met Museum, this is their inaugural performance together.  It will truly be a night of firsts.
Limited tickets for $65.


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.


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Hawaii Watercolor Society
August 29 - September 16

With special guests George Woollard and Jinja Kim’s carved and built table-top art 100 little paintings by 25 artists, framed and ready to hang. A selection of beautiful small carvings and objets created by renowned local artists George Woollard and Jinja Kim.


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The Total Suspension of Disbelief
Moana Nepia and Rosanna Raymond

September 19 -30

The Total Suspension of Disbelief explores boundaries between public/private experiences of being visual/performing artists and subverts notions of Pacific art as exotic/sensational with work that is more contemplative/quiet Raymond (New Zealand/Samoa) - former fashion model, activates the Pacific notion ‘Va’ in provocative performance work. Nepia (Māori/English/Irish) visual artist and former ballet dancer/choreographer from a rugby family, completed a PhD on the Māori concept of ‘Te Kore’ – the void, and is a professor at UH Manoa’s Center for Pacific Islands Studies. Fresh from conducting separate projects at the Met Museum, both artists have exhibited and lived in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe. This is their first time working together.

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"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.



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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