Symbols of Identity

Grades: 5-12
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum
Request this tour: Fall 2015 | Spring 2016

Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. ​Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.​


Who are you? This seemingly simple question can have a complex answer, especially for young people. In this tour, students will explore expressions of individual and group identity through portraits, landscapes, objects, and textiles.  Students will visit different galleries throughout the museum including Harujuku: Tokyo Street Fashion. Together students will examine how art conveys identity through symbolism, artistic expression, and context through the artist’s choices and the viewer’s perceptions. Students will use the knowledge learned on this tour to create a symbol of their own identity and examine their place within the group.

Artwork on this tour:
Robert Dampier (British, 1800–1874). Nahi'ena'ena (Sister of Kamehameha III) (detail), 1825. Oil on canvas. Gift of Eliza Lefferts Cooke, Charles M. Cooke III, and Carolene Alexander Cooke Wrenn in memory of Dr. C. Montague Cooke, Jr., 1951 (1067.1). (Pictured above)


Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Beth Pooloa,

Connecting to Standards

General Learner Outcomes
GLO #1:
 Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
GLO #2: Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
GLO #3: Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
GLO #5: Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)

K-12.CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

Fine Arts Standard 1: VISUAL ARTS: Understand and apply art materials, techniques, and processes in the creation of works of art and understand how the visual arts communicate a variety of ideas, feelings, and experiences.
• FA.5.1.3: Analyze, using evidence, the characteristics of representational and/or non-representational art
• FA.5.1.5: Analyze works of art  from selected historical periods
• FA.6-8.1.2: Apply selected elements and principles of art and design to communicate a particular message or opinion in an original work of art
• FA.6-8.1.3: Use art vocabulary when evaluating intent and content of works of art
• FA.6-8.1.5: Describe how different elements and principles of art and design and styles can be used to express a variety of moods, feelings, themes, and ideas
• FA.6-8.1.6: Use subjects, themes, or symbols from life experiences to convey personal ideas
• FA.6-8.1.7: Compare the characteristics of artwork from various historical periods and/or cultures
• FA.6-8.1.8: Analyze, using evidence, how cultural factors have affected works of art in the past
• FA.9-12.1.5: Create works of art that contain one or more symbols, themes, and metaphors.

Return to guided school tours.