HONOLULU -- The Honolulu Academy of Arts will open a gallery called
Arts of the Islamic World on Oct. 27.
To celebrate the opening, the academy will host a free Islamic
Cultural Festival the afternoon of Oct. 27 and a Persian classical
music concert featuring Iranian vocalist Parisa the evening of Oct.
Funding for the gallery will be provided by a grant from the
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Duke, an American tobacco heiress and philanthropist, died in
In her will, she created the foundation to promote the study and
understanding of Middle Eastern culture and to manage her Honolulu
estate, Shangri La.
On Nov. 6, the academy will begin public tours of Shangri La by
Duke built the Islamic-style residence overlooking the Pacific
Ocean and Diamond Head in 1939, following trips to Morocco, Syria,
Egypt, Iraq, Iran and India.
Call (808) 532-8700 or visit www.honoluluacademy.org for additional