Symbols of Identity

Grades: 3-6
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.​


Students will study portraits, landscapes, objects, and textiles to understand expressions of individual and group identity. They will examine how art conveys identity through symbolism, artistic expression, and context through the artist’s choices and the viewer’s perceptions.

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,

Hawaiʻi Department of Education Benchmarks

FA.1.1.6 Compare artwork from various cultures that have similar themes and subject matter
FA.2.1.3 Describe different responses to the same work of art
FA.2.1.4 Investigate how art is used in celebrations, festivals, and customs of selected cultures from the past and present
FA.3.1.5 Compare themes and subject matter in works of art from different time periods
FA.4.1.4 Explain how art reflects life, culture, attitudes, and beliefs of the artist
FA.5.1.4 Explain how an original artwork demonstrates a concept or idea from another discipline
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.6-8.1.6 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 now and in the past

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