The Honolulu Museum of Art showcasing "Artists of Hawaii 2013"UPDATED 10:25 PM HST Sep 18, 2013Video Transcript
permanent solution. Meanwhile -- if you thought the art depicting iwi was offensive... Close your eyes during this next story. KITV4's Brenton Awa was at the Honolulu Museum of Art for the opening of one of its premier exhibits. When looking at a piece of art... Experts say -- the message is truly in the eye of the beholder? 448 - James Jensen - Honolulu Museum of Art "THERE ISN'T A MEANING OR MESSAGE THAT YOURE SUPPOSED TO GET AND I THINK THAT'S A PROBLEM FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. THE COME TO IT THEYRE INTIMIDATED, THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING AT." This eye-catcher titled -- aloha means Hello and Goodbye... The gesture turns from a shaka to a middle finger and might surprise some. But most weren't bothered. 2210 - John Albers - Honolulu resident "I DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING AT ALL, IT WAS NEITHER OFFENSIVE OR INOFFENSIVE." How about headless babies? This artist named one of her pieces "hung out to die." Symbolizing shortcomings and disasters... Open to interpretation -- but not to censorship. 10:34 - James Jensen "CENSORSHIP, IT GOES AGAINST FREE SPEECH FIRST OF ALL AND IN PARTICULAR, TIMES CHANGE, ATITTUDES CHANGE." But some artists have a different point of view. While most oppose censorship. Some say these creators need to realize where there work will be placed -- and who'll see it. 1355 - 1407 - CLARENCE CHUN - Artist "IF YOU KNOW AHEAD OF TIME THAT YOU'RE WORK IS GOING TO A PUBLIC SPACE, AND IT IS GOING TO A PUBLIC FORUM. AND ITS GOING TO BE CRITIC BY THE PUBLIC, AS AN ARTIST ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILIT Y TO KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE SPACE THAT YOURE IN." It seems as long its in the Honolulu Museum of Art... Anything chosen to be there -- goes. 1747 - STEPHAN JOST - Honolulu Museum of Art "WE SUPPORT THEIR ART, I'M SURE ILL GET LETTERS OF COMPLAINTS BUT I WOULD NEVER TAKE THEIR ART DOWN." We blurred part of the neon shaka lamp in this story since it could be offensive to some of our viewers. You can see entire piece at the Museum starting tomorrow through November 24th.