A Day At The Museum

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been fascinated by art and all it’s splendid forms. There are no rules you have to follow and no limits to what your imagination can create. Hawaii has always been a breeding ground for creativity and art thanks to it’s natural beauty.

It’s interesting how when most of my friends and I were little kids, museums were one of those field trips we hated going on because we thought it was sooo boring. Now as the years go by, myself and my millennial generation are starting to embrace art and culture with open arms.

For over a year now, on my way to work, I’ve driven past The Honolulu Museum of Art. The other week I finally decided it was time for a visit, so I enlisted the help of my fellow Red Knot ladies to take a field trip with me.  After a short walk just a few minutes away from Red Knot’s downtown location, we arrived at our destination.

The outside is just as stunning as the art within. There are a few courtyards throughout the grounds styled after the collections that surround it. Our favorite was definitely the Chinese courtyard with a Koi pond in the middle.

The art itself is organized by the different continents and cultures; we opted to start off in Europe and make our way over to Asia before taking a walk through the Contemporary art collection (very in sync with the Red Knot style). Each collection had its own unique style that made it beautiful – while much of the European art had a soft and ethereal feel to it, a lot of the Asian art had more vibrancy. My personal favorite was the 17th and 18th century European collections – particularly the portraits. The museum also had great furniture pieces scattered around that definitely caught the eye of us Knotzillas!

Museums like this one aren’t just a place to see art. It’s a way to explore history and time travel through the vision of these artists. Make sure to grab a map before starting your journey for easier navigation through each collection, especially if you want to view something in particular. It can be easy to get lost…although some people probably wouldn’t mind that!

We took a quick stop by the museum shop and picked up a few things to commemorate our visit before sitting down for a delicious lunch at the Cafe. Admission is $10 for adults to the museum but it’s free if you want to just stop by the shop or cafe, which I would definitely go to again! If you’re a fan of collecting postcards like I am, they have a great selection designed with some of the pieces featured in the museum.

If you’re interested in art, history, or even just some time to yourself to reflect on life, I would definitely recommend stopping by The Honolulu Museum Of Art.

If you can make it any time before April, I’d also recommend you take a look at their new exhibit Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion. Our uber fashionable team leader wouldn’t let us leave without taking a peek and it was definitely worth the extra stop after our lunch.

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Spring Break!

Everyone loves to dream about their next vacation.
Whether you’re looking for a blast of sunlight to recharge or some outdoor winter fun.  Let’s say yes to a full week rejuvenation with our destination picks for an unforgettable Spring Break.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS
The Bahamas is known for its breathtaking beaches.  Nassau, its capital city, is a popular destination for shopping, dining, entertainment and of course, beach activities.  Things to do: Boat trips, snorkeling, guided tours and shopping in busy Bay Street.  For James Bond fans, visit the British Colonial Hotel, where they filmed two of the Sean Connery-era movies.    Fun Fact: As part of its rich history, Nassau was a home base for pirates for many of years and yes, that includes Blackbeard.

 

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An island on Northeast Carribean, St. Marteen (or St. Martin) is divided between France and the Kingdom of Netherlands.  Phillipsburg is the Dutch Capitol with old renovated buildings and typical Antillean architecture. Things to do: Soak up the sun in their sugary white beaches such as the Great Beach Bay and Orient Bay.  For shopaholics, visit Frontstreet and Backstreet, the  main streets that are crammed with retail shops.  As a leading duty-free port, St. Marteen offers over 500 duty free shops for up to 50% below U.S prices.  Love butterflies?  Experience the dazzling world of St. Marteen’s Butterfly Farm.  Fun Fact– At 37 square miles, St. Marteen is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two countries – the lack of conflict creates an unusual serenity which makes it even more appealing to visitors.

 

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MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Reggae music? Check.  Rum punch?  Check.  Tasty jerk chicken? Check.  The sun never sets at Montego Bay, Jamaica!  Montego Bay, or “MoBay” for short, is the second largest city in Jamaica.  Beautiful perfect white sand beaches, backed by picturesque low mountains, MoBay is the tourist capital of Jamaica.  Topping it is the laidback culture of the Jamaican people that will put your mind at ease.  Things to do:   Doctor’s Cave Beach, with its clear and calm waters believed to have powers of luring visitors from around the world.  Hipsters and artists, check out Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip”- Gloucester Avenue.  The strip is filled with art galleries, coffee shops and souvenir stores. Go bamboo rafting at Martha Brae Rafter’s Village and learn about tropical flora and fauna.  Feeling brave? Visit the haunted house of Annie Palmer, The Rose Hall Great House and learn about the mistress of voodoo.  Fun Fact:  Montego Bay is also called “the friendly city” because of the warmth and friendliness of the locals.

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HEAVENLY, SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Living in Hawaii, sometimes you may want to walk away from the sunny life in paradise and experience something different.  Different, like, somewhere cold, where it snows, and maybe you can even do snow activities.   Heavenly, Lake Tahoe is just the place.  Things to do:   Ride the gondola to Heavenly slopes where you can ski and snowboard, with your choice of terrain variety–more than any Lake Tahoe resort.  For less or non-experienced snow-goers, classes are available.  Shop at the Heavenly Village shops for fun stores like Rocket Fizz and Sock City – candies and socks for days!  Walk on over to the other side of Heavenly, and there is Reno, Nevada, where Harveys and Harrahs casinos are (conveniently) located.  You read that right.  You can be in two states at one time!  Fun Fact:  Lake Tahoe is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountain range,  a beauty created by nature that the Washoe Indians called it “The Lake of the Sky”.   Up in the Heavenly mountains, you can see a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe.

 

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MIAMI, FLORIDA
Miami is one of the nation’s and the world’s most popular vacation spots.   No wonder Will Smith wrote and sang a song about partying in “the city where the heat is on!”  Besides having the largest cruise ship port in the world, Miami also has the largest collection of Art Deco architecture.  She boasts more than 800 buildings in Miami Beach’s Art Deco district.  Things to do: Miami offers a little bit of everything, from serene beaches to art and food festivals, to the lures of deep-sea fishing and golfing, to the trendy nightlife of South Beach.  Nikki Beach Club and Key Biscayne are great hangouts, for the partygoer and the introverts, respectively.  Little Havana gives you a taste of Cuba, while Viszcaya Museum and Gardens invite you to a fairytale experience with its European-style palace.  For clubhoppers, SL Miami, Liv, Cameo, Skybar, and Mynt Lounge are some of their swankiest nightclubs.  Fun Fact: The first suntan lotion was invented in 1944 by Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
What happens in Vegas, goes on instagram 😉  Known to Hawaii locals as the ninth island, Sin City, Las Vegas has evolved into one of our favorite destinations.  About 40 million tourists visit Las Vegas every year, and it’s easy to see why.  You can visit every part of the world without leaving the city.  Things to do:  Possibilities are endless in Las Vegas!  Place bets on card games or slot machines, watch dazzling and jaw-dropping shows from world-renowned entertainers, performers and magicians.  Party at the hottest nightclubs like the Tao and Hakkasan usually ventured by A-Lister celebs.  Visit museums, watch a spectacular water-based show at the Bellagio, go hiking at Red Rock Canyon, see a man-made wonder at the Wynn, go shopping at the fabulous Fashion Show Mall– you name it, Las Vegas got it!  Fun Fact:  The Las Vegas strip is the brightest place on Earth when you are looking down from outer space.

 

Now it’s time to let yourself unwind…  Where will you be spending your next Spring Break?

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