Hawaii (The Big Island) Art Galleries
(The Big Island, Hawaii - HI, USA)
Hawaiian art tends to fall into a number of categories, with the various Polynesian creations prior to Captain Cook's arrival on the Big Island being known as 'native art' and displayed in a number of the biggest museums and non-commercial art galleries.
However, most art galleries on the Big Island of Hawaii are of a commercial nature, offering tourists the opportunity to pick up a colourful painting or unusual sculpture at a relatively affordable price. Art galleries are therefore very popular with tourists, who a looking for the ultimate souvenir of their Hawaiian holiday and in particular, their time on the Big Island. Hilo is always a good starting point, where the Wailoa Centre is a particular favourite for many, while in Kailua-Kona, check out the Pacific Fine Art Gallery, where you will be able to purchase quality pieces created by local artists from all over Hawaii.
Volcano Art Centre Gallery
Address: Crater Rim Drive, Volcano, The Big Island, HI-96718, Hawaii HI, USA
Tel: +1 808 967 7565
Actually sited in the Volcano House Hotel, within the Big Island's acclaimed Volcanoes National Park
, the Volcano Art Centre Gallery is regularly frequented by passing tourists. Many home furnishings and wooden ornaments are on offer here, often made locally, together with modern wall art, eye-catching sculptures and some very usable pieces, which combine style with functionality. Those visiting the Volcanoes National Park will find that this store has become one of the park's countless attractions.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Gallery of Great Things
Address: Parker Square, 65-1279 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, The Big Island, HI-96743, Hawaii HI, USA
Tel: +1 808 885 7706
Always a favourite with visitors looking to take home a memory of their time in Hawaii, the Gallery of Great Things offers an array of pieces from many of the islands, as well as art works from Indonesia, Polynesia and beyond. Particularly popular art the tribal art works, the Hawaiian quilts and the wooden furnishings.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:30, Sunday - 10:00 to 16:00
Address: 200 Piopio Street, Wailoa State Park, Hilo, The Big Island, HI-96720, Hawaii HI, USA
Tel: +1 808 933 0416
The Wailoa Centre lies within central Hilo, where it has become an important past of the island's burgeoning art scene, showcase the works of a number of up-and-coming Hawaiian artists. However, the Wailoa Centre is also home some rather special oriental silk paintings and wooden carvings. Also of interest are the tsunami exhibits and the ever-changing exhibitions. The annual Spring Art Festival takes place here, where it is amongst the biggest art-related fair taking place in the whole of Hawaii.
Open hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 08:30 to 16:30, Wednesday - 12:00 to 16:30, Saturday - 09:00 to 15:00
Address: 69-250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, The Big Island, HI-96738, Hawaii HI, USA
Tel: +1 808 886 7770
Standing on the island's Kohala Coast, the Genesis Gallery is to be found on the Waikoloa Beach Drive and within the lively resort of Waikoloa. Due to its good location, the gallery is always popular with holiday makers looking for gift ideas, with its colourful glassworks being firm favourites. A number of featured Hawaiian artists regularly exhibits here and are generally very well received.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 10:00 to 16:00
Address: 76-5921 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa, The Big Island, Hawaii HI, HI-96725, USA
Tel: +1 808 322 8484
Another good place to pick up an affordable piece of Hawaiian art, the Holualoa Gallery has become known for its colourful pieces, which are often created by its artist owners. On display here are large paintings, sculptures, glassworks and pottery, which are often themed and of interest to tourists.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00
Pacific Fine Art Gallery
Address: 75-5744 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, HI-96740, Hawaii HI, USA
Tel: +1 808 329 0519
Situated within the North Kona area of Hawaii's Big Island, the Pacific Fine Art Gallery is easy to find and resides alongside the ever-popular Kona Inn Shopping Village. Artists exhibited here are both Hawaiian and international, with paintings varying greatly in price and the prints tending to offer the best value. There are some particularly nice sculptures and watercolours.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 20:00
Silk Road Gallery
Address: 65-1279 Kawaihae, Kamuela, The Big Island, HI-96743, Hawaii HI, USA
Tel: +1 808 885 7474
The Silk Road Gallery is located within Kamuela and is easy to find, lying along the Highway 19. Although the Big Island is by no means shore of art galleries, the Silk Road store does offer something a little difference, many of its boldest art works have a distinctive Asian theme. There are also some nice antique ceramics here and plenty of souvenirs ideas, such as textiles, gift cards and locally made baskets.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Address: 76-5931 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa, The Big Island, HI-96725, Hawaii HI, USA
Tel: +1 808 322 7733
The Ululani Gallery can be found in the village of Holualoa, on the western side of the island, close to Captain Cook and within the Kailua-Kona. This is a good place to come if you are looking for art works created by local Hawaiian artists, who tend to be based on the main islands. Expect to find oil and watercolour canvasses, raku pieces, silver jewellery and sculptures in all sizes.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 18:00