Opening October with Offendum

Omar Offendum is a Syrian American hip-hop artist, designer, poet and peace activist.  He is currently an artist in residence at Shangri La, a museum for learning about the global culture of Islamic art and design through exhibitions, guided tours, public programs and digital initiatives. Offendum will be at Shangri La from October 3-24, 2016.

Photo credit Ridwan Adhami.
Photo credit Ridwan Adhami.

Here’s where to find him:


Offendum will be the feature artist at Hawaii’s nationally recognized poetry slam, HawaiiSlam. Tickets will be sold at the door: $3 before and $5 after 8:30PM.

HawaiiSlam’s First Thursday
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Doors: 7:30PM | Show: 8:30PM | Feature slot: 9:45PM
Hawaiian Brian’s (Crossroads Concert Hall)
1608 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96814


From the jasmine tree-lined courtyards of Nizar Qabbani’s Damascene homes to the flooded riverbanks of Langston Hughes’ Harlem Renaissance poems, this unique artist salon is equal parts presentation and conversation. With a decade-long artistic journey that has both paralleled the rise of social media and borne witness to major sociopolitical shifts in Syria, Offendum discusses how he has been able to develop a special blend of hip-hop and Arabic poetry to bridge cultural divides.

This event is free and open to the public. Directions & parking.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
East-West Center (Burns Hall, Room 2012)
1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848

The salon is part of the University of Hawaii’s International Cultural Studies Graduate Certificate Program Speaker Series.


Offendum will conclude his residency at Shangri La with a live performance of his new cross-cultural work, Salaam Aloha. The event will include an open house of the museum and a dinner reception. Tickets for the event cost $45 and instructions to purchase tickets will be sent to subscribers of the Shangri La listserv. Sign up here. Please note there is no parking onsite or in the surrounding neighborhood. Access to Shangri La is by van only. Van service, making multiple rides to Shangri La, begins from Kapiolani Community College parking lot A. Details to follow upon purchase of ticket.

“Salaam Aloha”
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Shangri La: A Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design
4055 Papu Circle, Honolulu, HI 96816
Photo credit Ridwan Adhami,
Photo credit Ridwan Adhami.