First Friday

February 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hawaii State Art Museum
250 South Hotel St.
Honolulu HI 96813

About First Friday at HiSAM

Free, family-friendly evening of art and music at HiSAM! The Sculpture Garden will be open! Come visit and enjoy performances in the garden! Admission is free and all ages are welcome. 

February’s First Friday will feature Rhiana and the Texans and The Elevations Hawai‘i! More details to come!

About the Artists


Rhiana Alana Lewis is the lead singer/guitarist/songwriter with the band dubbed“Rhiana and the Texans.” The band plays many genres from folk, rock, to hiphop and blues. The band has been described as ” No Doubt meets Amy Winehouse.” Rhiana and the Texans play all original material composed by Rhiana, and a few covers in between.

The Elevations Hawai‘i describe themselves as a 9-piece vintage soul band, doing it in the original style, before Motown. It was at the cusp of original R&B from the 50’s, mixed with Jazz and Gospel, that Soul music was born. That’s the era that they are focusing onthe origin, the source. Tenor Sax Eric White says, “To me, it’s a more driving sound, more raw, more gritty, so real and honest. I guarantee that most people havenever heard of Bettye Lavette, Jean Wells, Ricky Allen, Freddie Scott, et al. But, we are also looking to modern bands that play in that style (Vintage Soul) as well as Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Lee Fields and The Expressions, Saunn & Starr…. These bands provide the bridge from the original artists to the modern day. It is from here that we hope to make adifference, by making our own original music to share with the rest of the world.”

Vocals: Kehaulani White, Cheyenne TakeuchiLeong, Aiddy Weisbecker

Tenor Sax: Eric White

Trumpet: Rob Toyama

Guitar: Gilbert Batangan

Drums: Keli‘i Wong

Bass: Rodney Drummer

Percussion: Carlos Betancourt


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, closes at 8:00PM), 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.