Friday, April 6, 2018 • 6-9pm

What happens when great chefs are inspired by great art? Experience the results at Palette, a food and art benefit for the museum's education programs, exhibitions and collection.


Honolulu chefs Lee Anne Wong (Koko Head Cafe), Kevin Lee (Pai), Wade Ueoka (MW Restaurant), Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW Restaurant), and Robert Paik (Honolulu Museum of Art Pavilion Cafe) will explore the museum and create a dish inspired by the collection. We can't wait to see how the museum influences what happens in the kitchen.

Lee Anne Wong, Koko Head Café
Art: Plum Estate, Kameido, 1857, woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige
Small bites: Tomato salad and organic chicken breast with ume sauce
Full plate: Glazed pork belly with roasted turnips and ume sauce
Read more about Lee Anne and her glazed pork belly.

Kevin Lee, Pai
Art: Chinese tortoise shell ink brush, brush holder and scrolled stand
Small bites: Citrus-cured salmon and mentaiko mousse with ikura and sourdough toast, and shiitake mushroom gougère
Full plate: “Carrots and Grains”—roasted baby carrots with spicy carrot miso, lentils and quinoa, and carrot-top pesto

Robert Paik, Honolulu Museum of Art Café
Art: Waterfall—No. III—‘Īao Valley, 1939, oil on canvas painting by Georgia O’Keeffe
Small bites: chilled pea soup with black peper crème fraiche and fresh mint, roasted pork tenderloin with carrot puree and carrot-top gremolata
Full plate: Chilled pea soup and black pepper lavosh with lemon ricotta and roasted zucchini
Read more about Robert Paik and his pea soup.

Wade Ueoka, MW Restaurant
Art: The Great Wave off Kanagawa, c. 1830, woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai
Small bites: Ahi poke nacho with avocado salsa on a wonton chip, kalua pig pa‘i ‘ai cake with lomi tomato
Full plate: Steamed Kona kampachi with seafood dumplings

Michelle Karr-Ueoka, MW Restaurant
Art: Water Lilies, oil on canvas by Claude Monet
Small bites: Strawberry matcha shortcake and Valrhona turtle tart
Full plate: From childhood to tokachi, a journey of lifelong memories
• Strawberries and Cream (yuzu semifreddo with li-hing strawberries, hibiscus comsommé, and strawberry-yuzu sorbet
• MW Doughnuts (tokachi kinako)


Sip art-inspired specialty cocktails and drinks. Wine and Spirits Partners: E.&J. Gallo Winery and Johnson Brothers of Hawaii


See the museum's big spring exhibition Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson at no extra cost.

Hear museum curators talk about the art that inspired the food. Schedule TBA.


Tickets and tables are now on sale.
The museum is not able to offer refunds on ticket(s) or table purchases.

Individual tickets

$200 ($250 at the door on April 6): Includes access to the four chef stations, hosted bar, and the museum galleries. Does not include seating.
$135 tax deductible.


Bronze Table—$1,500
A reserved table for four (4) along one of our beautiful courtyards, with self-serve access to chef stations and full bar.
$1,200 tax deductible.

Silver Table—$5,000 
A reserved table for ten (10) with featured bites from each chef station delivered to your table, includes four (4) complimentary bottles of wine.
$4,000 tax deductible.

Gold Table—$7,500 
• VIP entrance and reserved table for ten (10) with full-plate portioned servings from each chef station and wine pairing.
• Includes four (4) complimentary bottles of wine.
• Valet service for table purchaser/host for one (1) vehicle.
$5,200 tax deductible.

Platinum Table—$10,000 
• Sponsorship recognition for Palette on official museum website and social media, member's magazine, and menu card.
• Meet celebrity chefs.
• VIP entrance and reserved table for ten (10) with full-plate portioned servings from each chef station and wine pairing.
• Includes four (4) complimentary bottles of wine and two (2) complimentary bottles of champagne.
• Valet service for guests and host for five (5) vehicles total.
$7,600 tax deductible.

To purchase tables, please contact Mark Chavez at 808-532-8781 or


You can find parking at the following locations:

• Street parking on Beretania and Kina‘u streets from 6pm. FREE
• Lot behind the Honolulu Museum of Art School (1111 Victoria St.), enter from Beretania or Young street

NOTE: Lot closes promptly at 11pm


New Lyft users can use the code PALETTE for $5 off the first four rides. 
Existing lyft users can use the code PALETTE18 for 20% off two rides.

To inquire about extra seats at the Gold and Platinum level, please contact Mark Chavez at 808-532-8781 or

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jen Onishi at 808-532-8785 or

This event is restricted to adults 21 years of age or older.