Here is a list of resources for exploring contemporary Hawaiian arts and crafts.
You’ll find a list of art galleries & museums, craft marketplaces, and annual art festivals featuring the works of artists and craftsman living and working in the Hawaiian islands.
For a hands-on approach, check out the list of visual art education centers, where you can find classes in visual arts for the general public. There are also free craft downloads for do-it-yourself projects at home.
Finally, our Art & Craft Event Calendar lists upcoming events, including art fairs, craft markets, fine art shows, classes & workshops, art festivals, and other events focused on making or buying arts and crafts.
Art Galleries & Museums
We focus on artist cooperatives and galleries featuring the work of several artists who live and work in the Hawaiian Islands.
(Listed alphabetically by island)
Isaacs Art Center (IAC) on Hawaiʻi serves as a cultural center for the benefit of the Hawai’i Preparatory Academy (HPA) in Waimea and Big Island communities. IAC erxists to raise money for the benefit of HPA students and the schoolʻs scholarship fund. The center contains a large permanent collection of paintings, furniture, rare books, and Hawaiiana. A variety of pieces are offered for sale in the There is also a gift shop gallery. The building that houses the IAC was built in 1915 as Waimea’s first public school. Restored in 2004, it is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Lana’i Art Center on Lanaʻi is a community-run art center and the only multi-purpose community arts program on the island. It provides a creative outlet for local artists, as well as residents and visitors. The Art Center features the works of local artists’ in its gallery and provides arts programs for children and adults visitors through ongoing classes, workshops, and studio access. The facility includes art studios with tools and erquipment for ceramics and woodworking. The center also has a gift shop.
Hana Coast Gallery on Maui is probalby the most remote art gallery in the world and a showcase for Hawaiian arts and island paintings. One location in Old Hana Town, plus online shopping.
Lahaina Arts Society (LAS) on Maui is a showcase and training ground for local artists. One Maui location, plus community art fairs.
Maui Crafts Guild on Maui is the islandʻs only member-owned and operated find crafts cooperative. Itʻs members include ceramists, woodworkers, print-makers, jewelers, textile artists, photographers, glass artists, basket weavers, and other media. One Maui locaiton, plus online shopping.
Maui Hands on Maui features 300 Hawai’i artists, artisans, and jewelers offering original paintings, prints, photography, glasswork, ceramics, woodwork, sculptures, home goods, and more. Four Maui locations, plus online shopping.
Viewpoints Gallery on Maui features representational and contemporary works in a variety of media by local artists.
Nohea Gallery on Oʻahu features art and fine crafts handmade in Hawaiʻi. Two Oʻahu galleriies, plus online shopping.
These are marketplaces with a collection of vendors offering Hawaiian-made and Hawaiʻi-themed gifts and souvenirs.
(Listed alphabetically by city)
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet in Honolulu is Hawaii’s largest outdoor market. You’ll find hundreds of vendors, crafters, and artists from all over the world. The choices include jewelry, bags of all kinds (shopping, backpacks, cosmetic…), vintage goods and antiques, tools and flotsam, inexpensive dresses, aloha shirts, bargain t-shirts, Hawaiian quilts. There are also food products (nuts, coffee, jams, etc.) and food trucks for a meal. Open three days a week: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Admission: 1.00 per person (age 12+).
ʻOhana Hale Marketplace in Honoluluʻs Kaka’ako district on Ward Ave is the largest indoor marketplace in Hawaiʻi with over 200 locally-owned small business vendors. Find everyithing from apparel, accessories, gifts, food, and more. Free parking around the marketplace or the lot across Auahi St.
SALT at Our Kaka‘ako in Honolulu is a project of Kamehameha Schools, is situated on 29 acres of ancestral land, home to former wetlands and pa‘akai (salt) ponds. As Honolulu grew, ancient traditions gave way to an industrial development spotted with blue-collar residential neighborhoods that were eventually swallowed up in commerce. Today, the area is transforming once-again to recapture the hard-working entrepreneurial spirit of the past. Youʻll find many locally-owned independent retailers, creative eateries, and services in this vibrant, new shopping mall rooted in Hawaiin tradition.
Farmers Markets (all islands). Check out our list of farmers markets on every island where you can find a selction of locally made products such as honey, jams, salt, and more. Some markets also have craft vendors selling Hawaii-made goods.
These are annual art festivals featuring Hawaiian artists and their works.
(Listed alphabetically by city)
POW! WOW! Honolulu street art festival is centered around murals, showcasing notable street artists and sculptors and elevating the art form well beyond graffitti. Since itʻs inception in 2010 by Honolulu-based artisit Jasper Wong, the home-grown art festival has grown into a global network of artists and art exhibitions, lecture series, schools for art and music, creative community spaces, concerts, and live art installations in over a dozen cities worldwide. The fetival is much more than an art festival and also features the restaurants, stores, and people of the host city that make it unique and special. Each festival features murals along with other events such as block parties, presentations, dances, and concerts throughout the event. POW! WOW! Hawaii takes place in February in Honoluluʻs Kakaʻako district.
Maoli Arts Movement (MAMo) is celebrated across the Hawaiian Islands. The month-long celebration during May highlights Native Hawaiian arts, artists, and practitioners. The event includes exhibitions, arts markets, trunk shows, and the extraordinary MAMo Wearable Art Show. MAMo is presented by the PA‘I Foundation and Bishop Museum.
Visual Art Education Centers
Art education centers offer classes, training, and equpment to the next generation of artists as well as to the public for enjoyment.
(Listed alphabetically by island)
Volcano Art Center (VAC) on Hawaiʻi is a nonprofit art education organization showcasing handcrafted artworks by over 200 Hawaiʻi artists, as well as art programs for adults and children (residents or visitors). Located in the historic 1877 Volcano House Hotel in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, VAC operates under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service.
- Volcano Art Center Gallery offers a wide selection of artists and artwork, including furniture of native woods, hand-blown glass, jewelry featuring precious and semiprecious stones and metals, plus a collection of two and three dimensional works in paint, photography, clay, fiber and mixed media. Shop in-person or online.
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center on Maui at Kaluanui is a nonprofit, community art education organization offering art workshops and classes for all ages, lectures, exhibitions, art events, historical house tours, and educational outreach programs, and public art studios that offer year-round access to fine art equipment and technical supervision for those who to participate.
- The Gallery Shop at Kaluanui features handmade items from over 75 local artisans and unique museum quality gifts. Shop in-person or online.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center (“The MACC”) on Maui in Kahului is a world-class visual and performing arts facility and gathering place for creative expression The MACC is a site for performing arts, museum quality art exhibitions, and arts education for all ages (pre-school to adult). One the center grounds, there is also a pā hula (space dedicated to the performance of hula), one of only four known pā in the state. The pā at the MACC was created under the direction of Nā Kumu Hula and cultural specialists, Hōkūlani Holt, Keali‘i Reichel, AI Lagunero, and Bert Sakata.
PAʻI Arts Center on Oahʻu in Honoluluʻs Kakaʻako district offers classes, workshops, and events in Hawaiian arts and cultural practices and provides space for Native Hawaiian artists to create and showcase their traditional and contemporary artworks.
The Arts at Marks Garage on Oʻahu in downtown Honoluluʻs art dsitrict is an artist-run, nonprofit community arts center focused on the creative revitalization of the Chinatown neighborhood through monthly exhibitions, street festivals, neighborhood maps, First Friday Honolulu, and other community celebrations. It also serves as an incubator for local arts groups and offers creative classes for the neighborhood youth. The ARTS at Marks Garage presents exhibits, performances, lectures, screenings, and workshops.
- Susan Rogers Areggor Gallery at The ARTS at Marks Garage offers a selection of gifts and souvenirs. Shop in-person or online.
Hawaiian craft downloads
The free ʻImiloa Explorer’s Kit includes 10 curated crafts for outdoor exploration. Each craft comes with downloadable instructions, plus online video tutorials in both ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and English. The crafts are to be used as one explores the Hawiian Islands, but can also be fun projects for anyone, anywhere. More info: ʻImiloa Astronomy Center (imiloahawaii.org)
Art & Craft Event Calendar
Our art and craft calendar includes art fairs, craft markets, fine art shows, art & craft classes, art festivals, and other events focused on making or buying art and crafts.
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