A center for Islamic arts and cultures, Shangri La is set in a historic Honolulu home with views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head.
The elegant home belonged to American philanthropist Doris Duke, one of the world’s wealthiest women at the time. Duke acquired an impressive collection of Islamic art comprised of more than 3,500 objects, many of which are embedded into the structure of the house.
Built in 1937, the home now is now owned and supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art which Duke which was created by Doris Duke’s will with the goal of promoting, studying and preserving Islamic art and culture. Some highlights of this architecturally significant home include intricate mosaic tile panels, elaborately carved doorways and painted ceilings.
The Foundation supports education programs including lectures, performances, panel discussions and residencies as well as special events focusing on Muslim arts and culture.
Shangri La also features exotic gardens and a 75-foot saltwater pool. Shangri La is open for public tours and also hosts a variety of special programs.