view of the Richards Street entrance to the museum. Two large ceramic sculptures shaped like  human heads and glazed in black and white sit on pedestals on either side of the walkway. Several people are shown on the walkway.
Richards Street entrance to the building, featuring the ceramic sculptures “Head I” and “Head II” by Jun Kaneko. Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Front view of 250 South Hotel Street.

No.1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu HI 96813

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum is located inside the No. 1 Capitol District Building. The No. 1 Capitol District building is in downtown Honolulu, near the State Capitol building, Iolani Palace, and the Cathedral of St. Andrew. The main building entrances are on the South Hotel St. side of the building, and the wheelchair/stroller ramp is on the Richards St. side of the building.

The Sculpture Garden is located on the ground floor and the museum galleries are on the second floor.

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 www.thebus.org.
  • The Waikiki Trolley – the Red Line State Capitol Stop is a short walk from HiSAM. For more information, call the Waikiki Trolley at (808) 591-2561, or check online at www.waikikitrolley.com.
  • 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, and metered street parking in the area.

Accessible Parking

Free accessible parking stalls are available in these location 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.