In the late 1930s, Doris Duke built her Honolulu home, Shangri La, on five acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head. Shangri La incorporates architectural features from the Islamic world and houses Duke’s extensive collection of Islamic art, which she assembled for nearly 60 years.
One of Hawai‘i’s most architecturally significant houses, Shangri La was a retreat and sanctuary for a woman who greatly valued her privacy. In her will, Duke set in motion plans to open Shangri La to the public as a place for the study of Islamic art and culture.
Today, Shangri La is open for guided, small group tours and educational programs. In partnership with the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art—which owns and supports Shangri La—the Honolulu Museum of Art serves as the orientation center for Shangri La tours.
As part of this partnership, the museum also serves as a venue for additional programs and educational activities that focus on Islamic and Hawaiian art and culture, such as exhibitions, classes, workshops, lectures, film series and performances.
Learn more about Shangri La
Visit www.shangrilahawaii.org, where you can scroll through a timeline of the property’s history, take a virtual tour of the estate, and search for and view objects in the collection.