The Friends of the Hawai’i State Art Museum (Friends of HiSAM) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established to work effectively with the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA) and its professional staff to enhance and support the work of the museum, its ancillary programs, and amenities.

In supporting the mission of the HSFCA, the Friends of HiSAM have four objectives:

  • To expose and engage all grade school students at the Museum to the arts in Hawaii
  • To encourage all high school/college students, who are focused on the arts, through meaningful events and programs at the Museum
  • To expose, excite, educate and engage those living in and visiting our state to the art and artists of Hawaii through visits to the Museum
  • To assist the Foundation in the recognition of Hawaii’s art and artists

2020 Board of Directors

David Ball
Susan EngebretsonExecutive Committee Member
Karen EwaldSFCA Art in Public Places Manager
Dean Fujitani
Nancy Grekin
Yvonne Hunter
Stuart Ing
Diane ItoSecretary
Jonathan JohnsonSFCA Executive Director
James Koshiba
Corianne Lau1st Vice President
Cameron Maheras
Judie Malmgren
Larry McCarthyTreasurer
H. Brian Moore
Joyce Okano2nd Vice President
Beau Rowland
Dale Ruff
Jay SuemoriPresident
Michelle Uchiyama
Pamela Young

2020 SFCA Board of Commissioners

Susan BrowneMaui County
Nalani BrunKaua‘i County
Jane ClementHawai‘i County
Ronald MichiokaCity & County of Honolulu
Karen Tiller PolivkaAt-Large
Lloyd UnebasamiChairperson
Sherman WarnerHawai‘i County
Allison WongAt-Large

Past FHISAM Board Presidents

Joyce Okano
Lisa Yamada-Son
Andrew Rose
Kristine Altwies
Sandy Fong
Lawrence Tseu
Lori Vogel Thomas
Lynette Lo Tom
Herb Conley
Corrine Hayashi