The Hawaiian Islands are home to some of the world’s most stunning natural features. From volcanoes to craters, vast canyons to thick jungles, white sand beaches to gardens of colorful tropical flowers it’s a place that never ceases to surprise and amaze. Beyond the beauty, these islands are built on a complex history that tells a story where people, culture and the natural world collide. The combination of these elements has long been a defining feature of the island, so it makes sense that in Honolulu, visitors have the opportunity to visit a place that celebrates learning, embracing and understanding culture. A trip to Shangri La in Hawaii is sure to be an eye-opening and beautiful experience in Hawaii quite unlike any other.
A Museum of Enlightenment
The Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture and Design sits at 4055 Papu Circle in Honolulu and is easily identified by its façade that incorporates stunning arches complete with mosaic tiles placed in intricate designs. The structure itself was designed and commissioned by Doris Duke and was completed in 1938. Duke was an avid global traveler and was fascinated by the architecture she encountered on her journeys. Shangri La is a combination of influences from Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Many visitors agree the final look of Shangri La, HI fits its ultimate mission of being a place where guests can be introduced to and further study the Islamic arts and cultures.
A Multi-Faceted Approach
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Shangri La in Hawaii sits against a pristine backdrop and was built to inspire curiosity. Visitors, researchers and academics from around the world come to this destination to see the vast collection of artwork and artifacts the museum houses as well as participate in community programs that highlight cultural influences spanning from Iran to Syria. Guided tours of Shangri La are a wonderful way to garner insightful information and better understand the displays and exhibits in detail. Knowledgeable guides are on-hand to lead tours at the museum Wednesday through Saturday. Tours begin at the Honolulu Museum of art and last 2.5-hours in total. General admission to the museum is $25 with a guided tour increasing the price by $1.25 when booked online. From the doors to the courtyard and every exhibit that lies within, Shangri La provides a detailed experience in a culture that will keep visitors coming back for more.
Visit Shangri La in Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands are a beautiful place to immerse yourself in a variety of cultures and traditions. When you’re here to see it all for yourself, let the team at Koko Resorts take care of your vacation rental booking. We’ll be sure to keep you close to the cultural sites you’re longing to explore while providing a place that’s both comfortable and luxurious. Contact us today to start planning!