Honolulu Museum of Art
Continuing Education

    New Exhibition or Tour Training Sessions and Events
    Trainings are for active docents only
    Emeritus docents are welcome to attend social events

    Docent Class of 2019

    Interim Director Mark Burak, Curriculum Specialist Justin Davies, Mayumi Takeuchi, Sachi Takahashi, Tony Picard, Nan Kleiber, Marcia Morse, Kathy Krammer, Sheila Seifers, Kristin McAndrews, Toni Hathaway, Susan Clifford, Deputy Directory Allison Wong, Docent Manager Jan Tucker, Yoko Fujimoto; not pictured Etsuko Douglass
    (Photo by Lizzy Lowrey)
    Message from Aaron Padilla, Director of Learning & Engagement:  Congratulations! You made it. You now have the tools and the information to share this wonderful museum with our visitors, .We all know, that this is just the beginning of an ongoing process of being a docent for HoMA. In the coming weeks and months, you will find ways to use your new tools. You'll also be inclined to seek out even more information because a visitor stumped you. You will become adept at adaptation. You will be challenged (in good ways, of course!)  With that, I leave you all with two bits of advice when out there giving tours:
    Be yourself. This is when you are at your best.
    Have fun. If  it's not, make it so.
    Lastly, thank you for your support and commitment to this museum.  And welcome to our Learning & Engagement Team!

    JUNE 2019

    Mon June 3 10:00 Presentation for Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place by curator Dawn Yoshimura and participating kumu and artists

    HoMA Art School

    Fri June 7 10:30 Presentation of 21st Century Women by Curator Katherine Love and artists (Eli Baxter, Renee Iijima, Kapulani Landgraf, Hiroko Sakurai, Domenica Sattler, Lauren Trangmar, Charlotte Forsythe)

    Mon June 10 HOLIDAY - King Kamehemeha Day MUSEUM CLOSED

    Mon June 17 10:00 FDFD Visit Lending Collection with Tony Picard/Dawn Sueoka (Manager)

    Lending Collection HoMA School Lending Collection website information

    Mon June 24 11:00 HoMA textile vault tour with Curator Sara Oka

    RSVP to Jan (16/20 docents Cathy Pam Etsuko Lily Susan Tony Jacque Toni Greg Mary Ellen Kristin Nan Virgie SusanC Flora)


    JULY 2019

    Mon July 1 10:00 Overview of Chinese Painting Part I lecture with art history instructor Gary Liu 

    Lecture Hall

    Mon July 8 10:00 Overview of Chinese Painting Part II lecture with art history instructor Gary Liu

    Lecture Hall

    AUGUST 2019

    Mon Aug 12 (TBC) 10:00 Islamic Art Along the Silk Road by Dr. Larry Butler

    Doris Duke Theatre/Galleries

    Mon Aug 19 Museum Closed Statehood Day

    Tuesday August 27, 9:00 Contemporary  Landscapes: Li Huayi presentation by Curator Shawn Eichman, Artist Li Huayi and Scholar Michael Knight

    TBC: FDFD: 1) Art and culture through the Portuguese trade routes

    Mae Mendelson

    SEPTEMBER 2019

    Mon Sept 9 10am - 12pm HoMA Art School Hawaii Craftsmen exhibition The Visible Hand

    Mon Sept 23 Docent awards and potluck

    Pavilion Cafe (confirmed!)

    TBC: FDFD: 2)African American artists

    Mae Mendelson

    OCTOBER 2019

    Mon Oct 21 10am - 12pm HoMA Art School  Hawai'i Watercolor Society exhibition The Chemistry of Water by exhibition chairs and artists

    Art School Main Gallery


    Monday January 23, 2017
    Director Sean O'Harrow address to Docents/Education Department update
    Doris Duke Theatre
    1:00-2:00 pm

    Monday January 30, 2017
    Loom Docent Training
    @Loom Room 1-2:00

    Monday February 13, 2017
    Walk-Through of 2017 Artists of Hawaii Exhibit with Healoha Johnston: 
    @ Gallery 27 9:00am-11:00am 
    followed by: 
    Docent Potluck Lunch
    @Pavilion Cafe 11:00-1:00 

    Monday, March 6 9:30am 
    FDFD Ukiyo-e in Edo Japan by Art Richardson 
    Doris Duke Theatre

    Friday, March 10, 2017 (rescheduled from 3-3-17)
    Walk thru with Artist of Hawaii artist Kaili Chun
    @Gallery 27 12:15 pm

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    Docent Council Meeting

    @Lecture Hall​ 1:00- 3:00pm

    Monday, April 3, 2017 
    10:00am,  (rescheduled from 3-27-17)  
    Tour Tips and Techniques by Steve Miller and Jeri Simons
    in various galleries
    . Meet @ Lecture Hall

    Monday April 10, 10:00am
    Morning Starters by Fred Smith, Marilyn Smith, and Nancy Whitman 
    in Galleries 4, 6, 16, and 17

    Thursday April 20, 1:00pm
    Docent Council Meeting
    Gallery 30

    Monday April 24, 10:00am 
    Japanese Art: Current and Permanent Exhibitions by Tomoko Kamiya and Cathy Levinson
    Galls 18, 19, and 20

    Wednesday April 26, 9:00am 
    Walk-through with Curator Healoha Johnston 
    Gall 29 rotation and Gall 29A Art of Juliette May Fraser

    Friday April 28 9:00am 
    Walk-through with 'The Global South' artist Christopher Cole
    Gall 29B

    Thursday May 4 11:00 am -2:00 pm 
    Docent Spring Luncheon  

    Waialae Country Club

    Sunday May 7 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Volunteer Appreciation Brunch
    Spalding House 

    Monday May 8 9:00 am
    American Landscapes by Mary Flynn 
    Galls 13 and 29

    Thursday May 11 2017 10:30am 
    Walk-through (slide presentation) with Artist Noorjehan Bilgrami
    Lecture Hall (Under the Molsri Tree exhibit)

    Monday May 15 10:00am
    Christian Iconography by Nancy Miwa 
    Gall 2

    Thursday May 25 09:00am
    Walk-through with curator Sara Oka
    Gall 22 (Global Warming)

    Wednesday May 24 10:00am-12:00pm
    Great Outdoors school tour training - Georgia McKenzie, Sam Guerrero, Justin Davies, Dawn Sueoka
    School Tour including overview of Make Art activity and Lending Library box
    Gall 6

    Monday May 22 12:30pm
    Georgia's Aloha and baby shower potluck
    Splalding House (contact Aline Rainbolt)

    Monday June 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    FDFD(From Docent to Docent) Training
    The Silk Road (with Carol Root)

    Thursday June 29, 9:00am
    Walk-through with Assistant Curator Katherine Love 
    Gall 27 (Body of Work)

    Monday July 17, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
    Walk-through with Curator Shawn Eichman (Shawn WT; docent discussion; brown bag lunch)
    Galls 14 16-17

    Thursday July 27, 10:00 am - 11:00 am 
    Walk-through with artist Roberta Griffith
    Gall 29B Unpleasant Conversations

    Monday July 31, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Walk-through with Curator Aaron Padilla (Ed Dept update and brown bag in Cafe to follow)
    Spalding House (The World Reflected) (School Tour Literacy Through Art training is Aug 14)

    Mon August 7, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    (General training) Walk-through with Curator Stephen Salel (brown bag in Cafe to follow)
    Gall 21

    Monday August 14, 10:00 am - 11:30 (11:30 - 12:30 art making)
    Training for new school tour with Curriculum Specialist Justin Davies (brown bag in Cafe to follow)    
    Spalding House Literacy Through Art

    Thursday August 17, 09:00 am - 11:00 am
    Training for new Globalization Through Art school tour with Curriculum Specialist Justin Davies (brown bag in Palm Court to follow)
    Gall 17 (begin)

    Monday August 28, 09:30 am - 10:30 am
    Walk-through with Curator Stephen Salel
    Gall 20 Maki Haku and the Poetry of Form

    Monday August 28, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Docent awards and potluck lunch
    Pavilion Cafe

    Thursday September 7, 09:00 am - 10:00 am
    Exhibition Walk-through with Curator Theresa Papanikolas (BRING PENCILS WITHOUT ERASERS-no pens) (Discussion in Lecture Hall to follow) 
    Gall 28  Abstract Expressionism

    Monday September 11, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm  (Brown bag in Cafe to follow)
    FDFD (From Docent to Docent) Training
    Gall 28 Radical Invention: Abstract Expressionism by Kaethe Kauffman/iPad Training for "Globalization through Art" tour (11:00 - 11:45)
    Lecture Hall with Justin Davies

    Monday September 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  (Brown bag in Cafe to follow)
    General Training with Curator Theresa Papanikolas (BRING PENCILS WITHOUT ERASERS-no pens)  
    Western Galls

    Tuesday September 19, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Docent Training (Option 1)
    Literacy Through Art school tour training with Curriculum Specialist Justin Davies
    Spalding House

    Thursday September 21, 2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Docent Training (Option 2)
    Literacy Through Art school tour training with Curriculum Specialist Justin Davies
    Spalding House

    Monday September 25, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm  (Brown bag in Cafe to follow)
    FDFD (From Docent to Docent) Training
    Lecture Hall/Gall 28 Love It or Hate It: Abstract Expressionism by Steve Miller

    Monday October 2, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  (Brown bag in Cafe to follow)
    FDFD (From Docent to Docent) Training
    Gall 28 Dynamics of the Abstract by Allyn Bromley

    Monday October 2, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm  
    Docents interested in Museum's neighborhood engagement partnership with Queen Ka'ahumanu School
    Lecture Hall with Outreach Coordinator Hannah Craft

    Monday October 16, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  (Brown bag in Cafe to follow)
    General Training with Curator Healoha Johnston 
    Gall 29 

    Monday October 16, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Docent video traning
    Docent Room with Justin Davies

    Wednesday November 1, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm 
    Ajrak Demonstration (natural dye printed textiles)
    Gall 22

    Monday November 6, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Brown bag in Gall 30 to follow)
    FDFD Marilyn and Fred Smith 
    Galls 4, 29, 30

    Monday November 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  (Brown bag in Gall 30 to follow)
    General Training with Curator Sara Oka
    Lecture Hall

    Thursday November 30, 9:00 am - 10:00 am 
    Walk through w/Curator Stephen Salel (Disasters of Peace)
    Gall 14 

    Friday December 1, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  
    Docent Holiday Luncheon (Oahu Country Club)

    Monday December 4, 10:00 am - 11:30 am (11:30 Brown bag in Gall 30)
    The Art of Portraiture with Docent Suzette Scotti
    Lecture Hall, Gall 4

    Wednesday December 6, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Docent/Staff Walk through w/Curator Healoha Johnston Catharine E.B. Cox Award Exhibition | Ground: New Work by Charles Cohan
    Galls 29A & B

    Monday December 11, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
    Gallery Walk-through with Director Sean O'Harrow
    Gall 24 Southeast Asia


    Monday January 29, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Watch movie 'Akbar' in DDT/brown bag lunch

    Friday February 2, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Field Journaling tour training with Justin Davies and art-making with instructors (Spalding House)

    Monday February 5, 10:00 am
    FDFD India gallery with Indru Watumull

    Monday February 12, 10:00 am 
    Science tour training with Justin Davies
    start in Lecture Hall

    Monday February 19, 10:00 am
    Elements tour training with Justin Davies
    start in Lecture Hall

    Monday February 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    FDFD presentation Steve Miller T&TS re India (start Gall 30)

    Thursday March 1, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Exhibition Walk-through with Artist Erick Swenson
    Gall 28

    Thursday March 1, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Reality and Beyond tour training with Justin Davies
    Start in Gall 30

    Thursday March 1, 5:30 pm
    Artist Erick Swenson talks about his work
    Doris Duke Theatre (free with rsvp)

    Monday March 5, 10:00 am
    The World Reflected new rotation walk-thru with Aaron Padilla (brown bag to follow)
    Spalding House

    Monday March 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    FDFD presentation Steve Miller (Buddhism); Marianne Dymond (Shintoism) start Lecture Hall

    Monday March 19, 10:00 am
    Buddhism presentation with George Tanabe (Part 1/2)
    Lecture Hall

    Monday March 26
    Museum closed Prince Kuhio Day

    Monday April 2, 10:00 am - 12N
    Science tour training with Justin Davies (Part 1/2)
    Lecture Hall

    Monday April 9, 2018 9-12N
    FDFD China/Taoism 9-10:30 with Nancy Whitman Gall 16
    Calligraphy 10:30 - 12N Cecilia Doo/Mary Spencer/Nancy Whitman Gall 30

    WednesdayApril 11, 2018 9-10:00 am
    Walk-thru with Curator Healoha Johnston/Docent Fred Smith for Dodie Warren: Shadow Play
    Gall 9

    Friday April 13, 5:30 - 7:00 Museum
    Volunteer Appreciation Event (VIC will mail invitations)

    Monday April 16, 10:00 am
    Buddhism presentation with George Tanabe (Part 2/2)
    Doris Duke Theatre

    Monday April 16, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Science tour training with Justin Davies (Part 2/2)
    Lecture Hall/Galls

    Monday April 23, 2018 10:00 am
    FDFD Reformation art and the secular nature of 16th and 17th Dutch art
    Sue Francis
    Galls 30, 4

    MAY 2018

    Monday May 14 10:00 am
    FDFD Islamic art 
    Cathy Levinson and Fred Smith
    Gall 26

    May 21 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Walk-thru with curator Shawn Eichman
    Gall 14 Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art

    Monday May 21, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
    Docent Potluck/Program (Pavilion Cafe)

    Monday May 28, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Museum Closed Memorial Day

    JUNE 2018

    Tuesday June 5 MUSEUM CLOSED UNTIL 12:30

    Monday June 11
    Museum Closed King Kamehameha Day

    Friday June 15 9:00 am
    Walk thru with curator Katherine Love 'Making Waves'
    Gall 27

    Monday June 18 10:00 am
    Flowers in Religion
    Nancy Miwa/Jan Tucker
    Gall 2 begin

    Thursday June 21 9:00 am
    Walk thru with curator Sara Oka 'The Ripple Effect'
    Gall 22

    JULY 2018

    Wednesday July 4
    Museum Closed Independence Day

    Monday July 16 9:00 am
    Walk-Through of Molokaʻi Window with curator Healoha Johnston
    Gall 29

    AUGUST 2018

    Monday August 13 9:30 am
    FDFD Before the Gannenmono: Early Japanese visitors to Hawai'i and the United States (PowerPoint)
    Bob Oaks (Asian Art Museum docent)
    Lecture Hall

    Monday August 13 11:15 am
    Group photo followed by the 11:30 Docent Awards and Potluck Luncheon
    Pavilion Cafe

    Monday August 20
    Museum Closed Statehood Day

    Thursday August 23 - Sunday August 16 - MUSEUM CLOSED DUE TO HURRICANE THREAT

    Monday August 27 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (tour/brown bag lunch)
    Docent visit to Manoa Heritage Center 
    24 spaces, rsvp required/FILLED:  Karen DebbieL Lena NancyM.  MaryF Hannah Greg MaryS Carole Jeri Mary Anne LynnH Marianne Mac Sara Bob Jody Karlyn Bill Virgie Jan Justin
    WL: Cathy Susan Fred Marilyn AnneM NancyW SueB Ellen Debby C

    SEPTEMBER 2018

    Monday September 3 
    Museum Closed Labor Day

    Monday September 10 12:30 - 2:00
    School tour experience (Elements of Art) with Justin
    DOT only orientation 10-12:00

    Monday September 17, 2018 10:00 am (9:15 coffee with 20 MHC guides at Cafe)
    Walk-Through of Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i: The King Kalākaua Era exhibit with curator Healoha Johnston
    Gallery 28

    Monday September 17, 2018 11:00 am (Brown bag lunch to follow 
    Elements of Art  school tour training w/Kalakaua rotation with Justin Davies 
    Gall 28

    Monday September 24, 10:00 am  
    Walk-Through of Shibata Zeshin and Art of the Meiji Era with curator Stephen Salel

     OCTOBER 2018

    Monday October 1

    FDFD Kamehameha III and Hawaii in the 1850's (Cathy Levinson) 10:00 - 11:00 
    Galls 4 28

    Child Development presentation by Justin Davies (11:00) 
    Gall 30

    Monday October 8 
    Museum Closed Discovers' Day

    Monday October 15, 10:00 am
    Visit Thomas Square Kamehameha III statue then Lecture Hall for presentation on Kamehameha III statue and 'Art in the City Buildings' collection of the C&C of Honolulu
    Tory Laitila, Registrar Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts

    Monday October 22, 10:00 am
    Field Journaling tour training with Justin Davies and art instructors
    Splading House; DOT visit to UH Pina-Seda exhibition

    Monday October 29, 10:00 am
    Curatorial introduction of Golden Opportunities by Sara Oka

    NOVEMBER 2018

    Friday November 2, 8:30 - 9:30 am
    All staff meeting to discuss museum's new mission statement
    Volunteers are invited
    Doris Duke Theatre

    Monday November 5, 10:00 am
    Field trip to Temple Emanu-El to learn about the koa torah gift from King Kalakaua
    RSVP to Jan
    DOTs, Greg, Mary, Pam, Mae, Mac, Susan, Jeri

    Monday November 12
    Museum Closed Veterans' Day

    November 17, 7:30 pm 14/20 spaces, rsvp to Jan
    Doris Duke Theatre performance celebrating 150th Gannenmono in Concert
    Un Yamada and Taimane (Mahalo to DDT Curator Taylour Chang!)
    (Debbie L., MAFM, Karen, Howie, Lena, Hannah)

    Monday November 19, 10:00 am
    Curatorial introduction of Photographic Manipulations by Katherine Love
    Gall 9

    Monday November 19, 11:00 am
    Curatorial introduction of Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration and Immigration to Hawaii by Stephen Salel
    Gall 21

    Monday November 26, 9:00 am

    FDFD: Renaissance through Cubism (Suzette Scotti)

    Lecture Hall

    Monday November 26, 10:00 am RESCHEDULED to Dec 3 9:00 am
    Curatorial introduction of Maile Andrade: Ka ‘Opua Ā Hina by Healoha Johnston 
    Gall 29

    DECEMBER 2018

    Monday December 3, 9:00 am (RESCHEDULED from Nov 26)
    Curatorial introduction of Maile Andrade: Ka ‘Opua Ā Hina by Healoha Johnston 
    Gall 29

    Monday December 3, 10:00 
    Demonstration and gallery walk-thru by kapa artist Dalani Tanahy
    Galls 28 29

    Monday December 3, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
    Brown bag lunch 12-1:00; Curatorial introduction to In the House: Recent Acquisitions by Katherine Love
    Spalding House

    Wednesday December 5, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Holiday Luncheon Waialae Country Club


    Monday December 10, 9:00 Docent visit to Iolani Palace (rsvp to Jan - 30 spaces) 
    (Sheila Kristin Nan Toni Tony Marcia Sheila Kathy SusanC NancyM Cathy Greg MaryS Karlyn Bill Sumiyo Cookie Myoung MAFM Lena Jan Justin MaryF SusanP Mac Andrea )

    Rescheduled to January 28 9:00: FDFD The Role of the King Kalakaua exhibit in rekindling the flame (Suzette Scotti)
    Lecture Hall

    JANUARY 2019

    Mon January 7, 9:30 am (9:30 coffee; 10:00 gallery)
    Iolani Palace docents to visit HoMA - King Kalakaua exhibit presentation by curator Healoha Johnston and Iolani Palace Director of Curation and Education Teresa Valencia

    Mon January 14, 9:00 - 11:00
    Science through Art training (updated tour) with Justin Davies
    Lecture Hall

    Mon January 21 HOLIDAY Martin Luther King Day

    Mon January 28, 9:00 - 11:00
    FDFD The Role of the King Kalakaua exhibit in Rekindling the Flame (Suzette Scotti)
    12:00 - 1:00 DOT Colloquium prep with Justin Davies
    Lecture Hall

    FEBRUARY 2019

    Mon February 4 NO DOCENT TRAINING

    Mon February 11, 10:00 - 2pm DOT Colloquium

    Mon February 18, 11:00 - 1pm DOT Graduation/Potluck
    Pavilion Cafe

    Mon February 25, 10:00 FDFD Seashells and their Representations in the Collections of HoMA by Tony Picard;  In Defense of the Apple and a Shock of Wheat by Kristin McAndrews)
    Gall 30

    11:00 Exploring the Big Ideas of the Math Tour with Justin Davies
    Gall 30

    MARCH 2019

    Mon March 4, 10:00 Lisa Reihana 'Emissaries' curatorial presentation by Healoha Johnston
    Gall 28

    Mon March 4, 11:00 'Picturing HI' and 'Elements of Art' tour rotations training of Lisa Reihana 'Emissaries' with Justin Davies 
    Gall 28

    Thursday March 7, 9:00  Honolulu Biennial curatorial presentation by Healoha Johnston
    Gall 27

    Mon March 11, 10:00 The Women of Edo and background of the Lane Collection with Curator Stephen Salel
    Gall 20

    Mon March 18, 9:30 Hawaii during Captain Cook's Visit with Tai Crouch (historian/anthropologist/outdoor specialist)
    Lecture Hall

    Mon March 25 HOLIDAY Prince Kuhio Day

    APRIL 2019

    Mon April 1, 10:00 FDFD History in Clay: Chinese, Korean and Japanese Ceramics with Bob Oaks

    Fri April 5, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Volunteer Appreciation event, Pavilion Cafe

    Mon April 8, 10:00 HoMA Collections Department overview presentation
    Portrait Gallery (start)

    Mon April 15, 8:45 - 10:00 am FDFD Museums as Healers:  The Case of the Abu Dhabi Louvre by Suzette Scotti and husband Didier Lenglare (LCC Prof of French language and culture, PhD in Francophone Studies, MA in Pol Sci)
    Lecture Hall

    Mon April 22, 10:00 Gall Curatorial presentation of Melissa Chimera: Migrant with Healoha Johnston
    Gall 29B

    Mon April 29 NO TRAINING

    MAY 2019

    Mon May 6, 10:30-11:30 Vault viewing of tapestry Queen Semiramis with Attendants, Flemish ca 1480 (docents must remember to wear id badge) rsvp to Jan (sueF Marilyn Fred Tony Kathy Carole Kristin Joyce SusanP NancyM Myoung MAFM Cathy Toni Sheila SusanC DebbieL) Mayumi Mae Howie Hannah Etsuko Lynne Alan Nan Marcia Kumiko Debby MaryF Karen Sachi Lizzy) CLOSED
    11:30 Lecture on 'The Iconography of Semiramis' by Solveig Placier
    Lecture Hall

    Mon May 13, 10:00 FDFD Lost and Found: Ancient Cultures in the Americas with Sue Francis
    Lecture Hall

    Wed May 15, 12N Selection of new Docent Committee members (present Committee only) (brown bag lunch)
    Lecture Hall

    Friday May 17, 1:00 pm Artist Talk and Gallery Visit of Constellation—drawing in space by Marian Bijlenga
    Gall 22 

    Saturday May 18, 1:00 pm Artist Talk and Gallery Visit of Constellation—drawing in space by Marian Bijlenga
    Doris Duke Theatre/Gall 22 RSVP required

    Monday May 20 NO DOCENT TRAINING

    Mon May 27 Memorial Day HOLIDAY; MUSEUM CLOSED