Art Lunch: Poetry and Art Collaboration with poet Laurel Nakanishi and artist Jody Arthur

January 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hawaii State Art Museum
250 South Hotel St. Honolulu HI 96813
Susan Hogan
(808) 586-9958

About Art Lunch

Free lunchtime presentation. January 2020: “Inspiration and Collaboration: An Artist and a Poet Talk About Bats”. A collaborative discussion with poet Laurel Nakanishi and artist Jody Arthur. How do you make art about an extinct animal that no one has ever heard of? Jody and Laurel worked together to create the book “Keana”, about a little-known extinct species of Native Hawaiian bat. In this talk they will discuss their collaboration, their research on the bats of Hawaii, and the process of printing and binding a limited edition artist’s book by hand.

About the Presenters

Jody Arthur is a book artist, printer and writer. She was born in American Samoa and currently lives on the island of Maui, where she works in a library. She studied at Lewis and Clark College, Mills College, and the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania. Laurel Nakanishi is a writer and educator from Honolulu. She is the author of “Ashore”, a book of poetry forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Laurel received her MFA in poetry from the University of Montana and her MFA in creative non-fiction from Florida International University.


Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 South Hotel Street (corner of South Hotel Street and Richards Street). Ground floor Multipurpose Room (to the right as you enter through the front doors of the No. 1 Capitol District building). The Hawaii State Art Museum is housed in the No. 1 Capitol District building, along with several other state government offices. Museum admission is free.

Transportation and Parking

Public Transportation

  • TheBus – many bus routes stop directly in front of or very close to the museum. For routes and schedules, call TheBus at (808) 848-5555 or check online at
  • The Waikiki Trolley – the Red Line State Capitol/Iolani Palace Stop is a short walk from HiSAM. For more information, call the Waikiki Trolley at (808) 591-2561, or check online at
  • Biki Bikeshare – the closest Biki racks are directly in front of the building on South Hotel St. (120 Chinatown/DT – Hotel & Richards), and at the corner of Richards and South Beretania St (121 Chinatown/DT – Beretania & Richards).
  • Bicycle Racks – nearby Honolulu City & County bike racks are on South Hotel St. near Alakea St., on Richards St. near South Hotel St., and on the lawn between the Hawai‘i State Capitol building and Iolani Palace.


There is no parking on site. Parking is available at nearby lots, including across Hotel street in the Ali‘i Place building (enter at 1099 Alakea Street, cash only), across Richards Street at Iolani Palace, the Kalanimoku Building, Kinaʻu Hale/Department of Health, State Capitol basement, Honolulu City Municipal Parking, and metered street parking in the area.

Accessible Parking

Free accessible parking stalls are available in these locations for persons with disabilities:

  • Iolani Palace grounds (one stall near the Richards Street exit, one stall near the State Archives building, and one stall near the gate leading to the State Capitol)
  • Ali‘i Place building parking structure (vehicle entrance at 1099 Alakea Street, pedestrian entrance/exit on South Hotel Street directly across from the Hawai‘i State Art Museum). 2 hour limit.
  • State parking lots allow metered spaces in those lots to be used as accessible parking, with a 2 hour limit. Nearby state parking lots include the State Capitol (415 South Beretania Street and Punchbowl Street), and the Kalanimoku Building (corner of Beretania Street and 1151 Punchbowl Street). For a full list of state government parking lots and a map, please visit the Automotive Management Division webpage. In order to use the spaces, vehicles must display the appropriate placard issued to individuals.