The concrete bulb-outs in Chinatown are now much less of an eyesore by Hawaii News Now
Artist Kayleigh Chalkowski works to "beautify these concrete structures that are intended to improve ped[estrian] safety"

First Friday Art Walk Feature in Star Advertiser's TGIF

Featured in America's Most Artistic Towns on Expedia
Community arts centers are invaluable pieces of a thriving creative landscape, and Honolulu’s The ARTS at Marks Garage is revitalizing Chinatown and the city as a whole with shows, classes, festivals, and First Friday Honolulu.


Honolulu’s Chinatown revives with a focus on arts, dining and shopping by The Seattle Times

Feature on Star Advertiser

Earth Philippines artists share their gifts with Hawaii by

Awarded Best Art Gallery in the first annual

Maunakea Street Biki station relocated in Chinatown on Star Advertiser
"Bikeshare Hawaii announced that its crew moved the Biki station on Maunakea and N. King street to an intersection fronting the Arts at Marks Garage"

Biki partners with Lyft, offers First Friday discount on Star Advertiser
"...we are delighted to be partnering with Lyft to offer Biki users a convenient option for their return trips. This partnership is a win-win for both Biki and Lyft."


The Incredible Shrinking Art by Chinatown Now

The Magic of Marks by MetroHNL
"Everybody trying to do what they love to do in the same space is kind of an amazing feeling"

Featured on Hawaii Public Radio
“You don’t get that interactive experience that often.  For many of us when we think about Marks Garage, we think of that engagement.  It’s not just someplace you sit and look, it’s almost always interactive.”



Feature on Hawaii Public Radio
"...it's just a great place for people in the community to educate each other."

Feature on Hawaii Business News


Flipkey Trip Advisor Award for Hawaii’s Top Museum Worth Traveling For

Featured Venue,
The Culture Trip’s Guide to Honolulu’s 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries

Local Knowledge,
Lonely Planet Guidebooks - Discover Honolulu, Waikiki, & Oahu

Feature in National Geographic,
“There may be no better place than Arts at Marks Garage for an overview of what local artisans and artists are producing, from photography and watercolors to music and theater.”



The U.S. Small Business Administration Minority Small Business Champion of The City and County of Honolulu,
for “dedicated efforts to establish a vibrant sector of entrepreneurial artists who thrive in our community”

Award of Merit in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Community from Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Council of the City and County of Honolulu Certificate,
for “Preserving, Protecting and Promoting Culture, The Arts and Economic Viability on Oahu”

Honolulu Magazine's 6 People Making A Difference in Honolulu:
Rich Richardson, Executive Director of The ARTS at Marks Garage,

"As the executive director of The ARTS at Marks Garage, the Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts (HAPA) and the Chinatown Artist Lofts, Rich Richardson is living proof of the theory that art builds communities."

For Over 200 Years,
this is the place where locals come to shop, dine, and play. Like a concierge for the neighborhood, our Visitor Center provides receptionist services, brochures, and bathrooms for our visitors.



Business Leadership Hawaii Award,
for Non-Profit Businesses Leadership, from Pacific Business News, Cades Schutte - Cades Foundation

Hall of Fame Proclamation from Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle,
for "Excellence in the Perpetuation of the Arts & Culture"

The Kalama Awards,
from the Rotary Club, honoring “outstanding professionals in Hawaii that go above and beyond to share their knowledge with the purpose of accelerating community through excellence in business, health, education, and the arts.”

BIKES@MARKS puts custom bicycles on a pedestal,
as one of the fastest growing fields of creative expression

"Lofty Business," a cover story in the Honolulu Weekly



Hawaii Women in Filmmaking joins The ARTS at Marks Garage

"Chinatown Loft Concept Finally Takes," Pacific Business News

APEC trade conference comes to Honolulu while Alterna-APEC featuring The Yes Men shows at Marks

Seeing Through The Heart: Portraits of the Blind in Hawaii,
a gallery show for and about the blind by Naomi Olson

Chinatown Arts Corps after-school program begins,
for neighborhood teenagers from low-income housing

HAPA assumes full responsibility and control of The ARTS at Marks Garage from The Hawaii Arts Alliance

Slow Art Friday attracts locals,
with organic or heritage recipes and beers, wines and spirits from neighborhood restaurants, with ambient music and street performers



HAPA establishes the Chinatown Artists Lofts,
with ten live/work units in the Mendonca Building as an anchor for artists and to ensure sustainability for an authentic arts and cultural district

Alice In Chinatown by Cherry Blossom Cabaret,
voted best local production of the year



Youth Speaks Hawaii slam champion Jamaica Osorio performs her spoken word, "Kumulipo" for President Obama at the White House

Archipelago & Remains Of The Rainbow debuts,
featuring land and sea portraits of plants and animals by legendary fine art photographers & award-winning environments David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton

Slow News International debuts,
examining big picture issues sent slow-mail, featuring scrolls from artists around the world. An antithesis to instant messaging and beating the high cost of shipping art to and from Hawaii.

Pan-Pacific Nation debuts,
an exhibition of contemporary Pacific Island art, inspired by King David Kalakaua's vision of a Federation of Pacific Island nations



The 2008 arts season has been funded completely by the National Endowment for the Arts

"Honolulu Hip," Los Angeles Times



Shelter debuts,
a multi-disciplinary exhibit of housing issues featuring artists, Chinatown residents and community activists

Hawaii Shakespeare Festival brings a traditional 'thrust' stage configuration to Marks to complete all 38 plays by William Shakespeare



Through 2008, the visual arts season at Marks has been funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation

The ARTS at Marks is part of a national Shifting Sands Initiative,
to promote equitable development through the arts in rapidly changing neighborhoods funded by the Ford Foundation.



In Honolulu, Arts Revive Chinatown's Fortune, The New York Times

Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) debuts,
an inaugural annual showcase of contemporary Native Hawaiian art by PA'I Foundation



Hawaii Glass artists inaugural annual showcase

First Friday Honolulu was founded,
with Marks staff and widely credited with making profound changes on the cultural, social, and economic landscape



The ARTS at Marks Garage is founded,
led by Hawaii Craftsmen and Hawaii Arts Alliance to speak the renaissance of Honolulu's Chinatown



The Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts (HAPA) was established,
for the promotion and development of the arts, with an emphasis on theater training