Ala Moana Center’s Art Walk is a multimillion-dollar art collection that reflects the beauty and cultural diversity of Hawaii. The collection includes six aesthetically pleasing and thought provoking sculptures, made by American and Japanese artists. Shoppers can enjoy these sculptures as they walk along the center’s expansive koi ponds or lounge in various seating areas.
Pumpkin – Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama created this 6-foot-tall, 1,200-pound sculpture to commemorate her family’s experience during WWII. Pumpkins served as a means of substance and comfort during the war, and this piece captures the gratitude and spiritual connection she has toward the fruit.
Kia’i/The Guardian – This 8-foot-tall bronze sculpture, created by Gerard Tsutakawa, draws from many rich cultures and themes. The wide top, taper, and jagged edges evoke the shape of a Polynesian war club, while the zig zags are reminiscent of the folded paper ornamentation of good fortune and purification seen at Japanese shrines.