Gallery ‘Iolani is recognized as one of the finest exhibition sites in the state of Hawai‘i, showing work from local, national and international venues. It is the mission of Gallery ‘Iolani to promote exhibitions of cultural and educational significance. The gallery also serves as a classroom for students studying gallery design and management at Windward CC.
In 2020, Gallery ‘ lolani was voted one of Honolulu Star Advertiser’s “Hawaii’s Best.”
Gallery ‘Iolani was established in 1985 in the basement of Hale ‘Iolani by devoted art faculty and students with no resources for a gallery program. In 1991, Toni Martin was hired as gallery director, and ever since has curated a remarkable series of exhibits each semester.
In 2001, a new 1,700-square-foot Gallery ‘Iolani opened adjacent to Palikū Theatre in the $18 million Center for the Arts and Humanities. The gallery now celebrates 30+ years of exhibitions with exciting artist openings, lectures, and space to welcome all groups of people, cultures, and ages.
Exhibits are diverse and cultural, designed to excite.
Artists from all over the world have exhibited in the gallery including from Japan, Korea, Paris, Alaska, all Hawaiian islands as well as from several mainland states. This gives students and local residents the opportunity to see artwork beyond our borders and be part of the world of art.
30 YEARS of EXHIBITIONS
at Windward Community College
Exhibiting outstanding student art works from Windward CC studio art programs
WARM and WELCOMING
With 5,000 to 6,000 visitors each year, we welcome all groups of people, cultures, and ages
CULTURE and EDUCATION
A gathering place as a hub of culture and education within the community