Roots: A Cultural Celebration

Grades: 2 - 3
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum

For the 2017-2018 school year, sign-ups will begin July 1, 2017.

​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.​


What dear traditions, treasures and customs were brought to Hawaiʻi by those immigrating from their homelands? Echoing the mission statement set forth by Honolulu Museum of Art founder Anna Rice Cooke, Roots celebrates the legacy of cultural diversity in Hawaiʻi by studing artwork from Japan, China, Philippines, Korea, South Asia and the Pacific. Students will work with a bag of familiar contemporary objects and find their "roots" by connecting the objects to major works of art. Each object tells of a deep tradition remembered, honored and respected by many beyond the original country. Students will receive this booklet to use on the tour and to take back to the classroom. 

Artwork on this tour:

Shirley Russell (American, 1886-1985). Banners for Boy’s Day against the blue sky, c. 1935. Oil on canvas. Gift of Charlotte and Henry B. Clarke, Jr., 1995. (7953.1) (pictured above)

Dish (detail). Ming dynasty – Xuande period, 1426 – 1435. China. Porcelain with glaze. Purchase, 1961 (2907.1).


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 Dawn Sueoka at

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.

SS.2.6.1- Describe ways in which own and other cultures express their cultural beliefs and practices through music and art.
SS.2.7.2- Describe the purpose and features of maps and globes.
SS.3.6.1- Explain that different cultures have unique values, beliefs, and practices.
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 past and present.
FA.3.1.4- Use visual arts vocabulary to discuss and compare works of art.
FA.3.1.5- Compare themes and subject matter in works of art from different time periods.

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