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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. 

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

Chinatown, Honolulu Wetland Revival Public Art Project
“Wildlife murals to line Pauahi & Nu'uanu St at the start of 2018 in an effort to enhance Chinatown through public art"

Coming the first week of January 2018, the bulb-outs outside The ARTS at Marks Garage, at the corner of Nu'uanu Ave. and Pauahi St., will be filled with murals depicting the wetland birds and plants that once inhabited Honolulu’s Chinatown, including alaeulas, koloa, nene, kalo, and more (see example image below). These murals are part of the Honolulu Wetland Revival Project (HWRP), a series of paintings envisioned to enliven and enrich Pauahi St. through public art.
This effort represents a rare collaboration among individual artists, business owners, non-profits, for-profits, and government agencies. Not only is the group of involved stakeholders unique, but the format of the murals is also distinct, as the forthcoming murals along Pauahi St. are to flow seamlessly and connect with each other from one end of the street to the other. This project is hoped to support the growing Chinatown art’s community, as well as enhance the pedestrian experience along Pauahi St. and encourage new creative uses of public space in Honolulu.
The planned murals are to be finished by January 5th, 2018. To commemorate this public art feature, a public mural celebration is to be held at The ARTS at Marks Garage’s First Friday event between 6p-10p (FREE & open to the public) along with the opening pARTy for the gallery show “E Uhi Wale No, A`ole E Nalo He Imu Puhi”, featuring the works of: Imaikalani Kalahele, Bob Freitas & Cory Taum.


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.



E uhi wale no, a'ole e nalo he imu puhi
January 5-30
Featuring the works of: Imaikalani Kalahele, Bob Freitas & Cory Taum.

Abstract Sculptures, Paintings, Poetry & Music...A multi-generational exhibition. Illustrating narratives from a Hawaiian perspective while cross-pollinating ancestral knowledge with modern influences.

Reflections on the issues of culture, Hawaiian identity, land alienation, American exploitation, cultural decolonization, social-cultural spaces, places, and environments, urban development, environmental degradation, cultural memory, and resistance.

Imagining a society that links the past with the present and the future. Honoring the limitless boundaries of the contemporary Hawaiian art movement to start the new year…
GALLERY SHOW HOURS: Jan. 5th-30th (Tue.-Sat. 12p-5p)

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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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