Commission on Culture and the Arts

The Commission on Culture and the Arts was founded in 1968 after the passage of the Percent for Art law in 1967 that established the Art in City Buildings Program. The Commission consists of 11 members who are all appointed by the mayor with the approval of the council with the following objectives:

  • To assist the city in attaining national preeminence in culture and the arts

  • To assist the city in the preservation of the artistic and cultural heritages of all its people

  • To promote a community environment which provides equal and abundant opportunity for exposure to culture and the arts in all its forms, and

  • To encourage and provide equal opportunity for the development of cultural and artistic talents of the people of Honolulu.

  • To learn more about the Commission on Culture and the Arts read ROH Sec. 3-2.7(a).

Public Meetings

All regular business meetings are open to the public and take place on a bi-monthly basis. If you require special assistance, auxiliary aid and/or service to participate in this event (i.e. sign language interpreter; interpreter for language other than English, or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts at 768-6622 or email your request to at least three working days prior to the meeting.

Meeting Dates


July 17, 2024 Agenda 
July 3, 2024 Agenda (Canceled)
May 8, 2024 Agenda Minutes Video
April 10, 2024 Agenda Minutes Video
January 11, 2024 Agenda Minutes Video


November 9, 2023 Agenda Minutes Video
September 7, 2023 Agenda Minutes Video
July 13, 2023 Agenda Minutes Video
May 2, 2023 Agenda Minutes Video
March 16, 2023 Agenda Minutes Video
January 12, 2023 Agenda (Canceled)


November 3, 2022 Agenda Minutes Video
September 15, 2022 Agenda Minutes Video
July 14, 2022 Agenda Minutes Video
May 5, 2022 Agenda Minutes Video
March 10, 2022 Agenda Minutes Video 
January 6, 2022 Agenda Minutes Video


November 4, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 2, 2021 Agenda Minutes Video
July 8, 2021 Agenda Minutes Video
May 6, 2021 Agenda Minutes Video
March 4, 2021 Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2021 Agenda Minutes

Our Commissioners



Mamoru Sato

Visual Arts

Vincent A. Hazen

Fine Arts

Stephen Mechler

Urban Design

Mixed Media


Ann E. Asakura


Gail N. Harada