The Hawaii Triennial’s many art exhibits are designed to make you think and feel

The Hawaii Triennial is underway in Honolulu, and there’s plenty to see all over town. The many art exhibits are designed to make you think and feel.

The Hawaii Triennial, HT22, features experiences at the Bishop Museum, the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, and five other venues, including the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikīkī.

HT22 co-curator Miwako Tezuka says surprises are built into each location.

The Global Free Store at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikīkī.

“Our hope is that not everyone thinks of contemporary art as something too difficult to understand or too alien to you. We wanted to create useful windows for everyone to open so that they can truly liberate their minds,” Tezuka said.

For example, at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikīkī, Double A Projects installed its Global Free Store. It’s a non-commercial pop-up where people can donate or take away useful items like household items, books, drawings, clothes, whatever!

Also at the Royal Hawaiian Center, Momoyo Torimitsu’s gigantic pink bunny called, “Somehow, I don’t feel comfortable.”

Tezuka won’t divulge where this sculpture is – she wants you to be caught off guard.

“Momoyo’s work Pink Bunny will truly surprise you and hopefully fire up your imagination,” Tezuka told Hawaiʻi Public Radio.

Every Sunday in March, Foster Botanical celebrates the Triennale with free entry. Internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei is among the artists on display at Foster Gardens.

The Hawaii Triennale runs through May 8.

William E. Bennett