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About Our Programs

The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) supports a variety of diverse public programs at Shangri La designed to educate, inspire and inform on issues related to Islamic arts, cultures, and current affairs.


Guided tours of Shangri La feature the public rooms of the main residence and portions of the grounds, providing visitors with an introduction to the art and architecture of the Islamic world. Those who are unable to visit in person can experience Shangri La and its collections through our virtual tour.

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Scholars, visual and performing artists, and noted professionals are invited to present lectures, performances, and panel discussions among other types of events at Shangri La. These afternoon and evening events are frequently open to the public with free admission, however seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Events typically include an open house, refreshments and shuttle transportation originating from nearby Kapi‘olani Community College. 

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DDFIA also co-sponsors offsite programs including free public lectures, panel discussions, film festivals and performing arts presentations in partnership with a number of institutions including the following:

East West Center

Honolulu Museum of Art

One World Now!

Pacific Asian Affairs Council

Roshan Heritage Foundation

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Residency Programs

Shangri La maintains an active schedule of scholar and artist residencies. Scholars in Residence are selected by a competitive application process to pursue collections-related research at Shangri La. Artists in Residence are invited to pursue their area of creative study inspired by Shangri La’s environs and collections. While onsite, artists in residence present a public lecture on their work, and are encouraged to interact with counterparts in the local art community.

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