Listed below are resources for buying contemporary Hawaiian arts and crafts across the Hawaiian Paeʻāina (island group). You’ll find several lists, including Art Galleries and permanent Craft Marketplaces, followed by seasonal Art Fairs, Craft Shows & Holiday Bazaars.
If you’re looking for hands-on art and craft making, we also offer a list of Visual Art Education centers where you can find workshops and classes in visual arts that are available to the public. Finally, we include free craft downloads for DIY (do-it-yourself) arts projects.
For a day-by-day list of events, scroll down to our Art & Craft Event Calendar that includes a day-to-day list of upcoming craft markets, exhibit openings, holiday fairs, art festivals, and other events focused on art and crafts from Hawaiian artists and craft makers.
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 school’s 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.
Lanai 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 equipment for ceramics and woodworking. The center also has a gift shop. More info: Lāna’i Art & Cultural Center | Facebook
Hana Coast Gallery on Maui is probably 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 on Maui is a showcase and training ground for local artists. The inventory of 2024 LAS calendars were destroyed during the Lahaina wildfire—a new inventory of calendars will be limited. The calendar features the artwork of 13 local artists. Makes great holiday gifts: Shop Art (shopmauiart.com) and Sign-Up for Newsletter | Lahaina Arts Society. Mahalo for your support.
Maui Crafts Guild on Maui is the island’s only member-owned and operated find crafts cooperative. Its members include ceramists, woodworkers, printmakers, jewelers, textile artists, photographers, glass artists, basket weavers, and other media. One Maui location in Paʻia, plus online shopping.
Maui Hands on Maui features hundreds of Hawai’i artists, artisans, and jewelers offering original paintings, prints, photography, glasswork, ceramics, woodwork, sculptures, home goods, and more. Four Maui location (Kihei, Lāhainā, Makawa, Pa’ia) plus online shopping. Maui Hands ‘ohana is safe despite the Lahaina gallery loss. Three remaining locations: Makawao, Paʻia, and Wailea. Please shop so they can continue to pay employees or donate to Lahaina residents.
Viewpoints Gallery on Maui features representational and contemporary works in a variety of media by local artists. 100% of gallery profits for current (September 2023) exhibit are going to an emergency fund for artists in urgent need.
Nohea Gallery on Oʻahu features art and fine crafts handmade in Hawaiʻi. Open daily in East Honolulu at Kahala Mall, plus online shopping.
Listed below are permanent marketplaces with a collection of vendors offering Hawaiian-made and Hawaiʻi-themed gifts and souvenirs.
(Listed alphabetically by city)
Aloha Stadium | Swap Meet & Marketplace (hawaii.gov) 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 8am-3pm, Sundays 6:30am – 3:00pm. Admission: CASH ONLY $2 (age 12+), $1 Kama’aina, Active Military. Free admission for 11 years and under.
SALT at Our Kaka‘ako in Honolulu is a project of Kamehameha Schools, situated on 29-acres of ancestral land that were once 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 in-turn were eventually swallowed up by commerce. Today, the area is transforming once-again to recapture the hard-working entrepreneurial spirit of the past. You’ll find many locally owned independent retailers, creative eateries, and services in this vibrant, new shopping mall. Award-winning SALT is 85,000 square-feet of retail, restaurant, and mixed-use space, rooted in Hawaiian tradition and driven by passionate chefs, artists and entrepreneurs.
SALT at Our Kaka‘ako is proud to serve as an art hub, showcasing an impressive collection of original murals created by talented local and global artists. Through an ongoing partnership between Kamehameha Schools and POW! WOW! Hawai‘i, SALT has become canvas for these large-scale paintings that are popular among visitors and locals alike. The murals located throughout SALT embody the vibrant culture of the Arts District of Our Kaka’ako and highlight the relevant history of the area, its people and legacy. More info: Street Art – Our Kaka’ako (ourkakaako.com) and Hawaii | Pow Wow Worldwide
Farmers Markets (all islands). Check out our list of farmers markets on every island where you can find a selection of locally made products such as honey, jams, seasoning salts, and more. Some markets also have craft vendors selling Hawaii-made goods.
Art Fairs, Craft Shows & Holiday Bazaars
Listed below are seasonal art fairs, craft shows, and holiday bazaars where you can buy locally made crafts.
(Listed in order by time of year)
Hawaiʻi Walls 2023 in Kapālama Kai | Kapālama Kai (kapalamakai.com). Started in 2011 as POW! WOW! Hawai’i in Kakaʻako, the 2023 renamed street art event Hawai’i Walls invited more than 80 local and visiting artists to paint 70 new wall murals from Monday, May 8 through Sunday, May 14 in the neighborhoods of Kapālama Kai, Kalihi, and Pālama. Hawai’i Walls invites the community to discover the creative process of public art in locations. Hawai’i Walls 2023 street art locations:
- Dillingham Plaza, 1505 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817
- Waiakamilo Industrial Complex, 1451 Kalani St, Honolulu, HI 96817
- Kaumualii Warehouse, 1299 Kaumualii St, Honolulu, HI 96817
- Building at 641 Waiakamilo Rd, Honolulu, HI 96817
POW! WOW! Hawaii The last POW! WOW! was held in 2022 in Honolulu’s Kakaʻako district. The street art festival centered around wall murals in buildings throughout the district, showcased notable street artists and sculptors, and elevated the art form well beyond graffiti. Since its inception in 2010 by Honolulu-based artist Jasper Wong, the street art festival grew into a global network of artists and art installations in over a dozen cities worldwide.
MAMo: Maoli Arts Movement The year-long “Maoli Arts Movement” was first held in 2005 as the month-long Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) celebration. MAMo celebrates native Hawaiian art and culture in the PAʻI* Arts Gallery at Kou**, located within Tidepools@CPB, Central Pacific Bank’s co-working space at their main branch on the corner of Alakea and King.
*PAʻI is the acronym for Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, the hālau hula (school of Hawaiian dance) founded in 1977 by kumu hula (master teacher of Hawaiian dance), Vicky Holt Takamine. Established in 2001 as a nonprofit organization, PA‘I’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Native Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations. PA‘I is anchored by members of Takamine’s hālau hula. While the perception of hula for many is a form of entertainment for tourists or a hobby for individuals around the world, hula has been instrumental in the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian ʻōlelo (language) and other indigenous arts and cultural practices.
**Kou, until 1800, was the name for present day Honolulu Harbor and vicinity, including the area from Nuʻuanu Avenue to Alakea Street and from Hotel Street to the sea.
Honolulu Mayor’s Craft and Country Fair. Held in November in Honolulu. (Note: has not been held since 2019. As of September 2023, no future date is listee.) The Annual Honolulu Mayor’s Fair features local clubs and vendors selling a wide variety of homemade items ranging from pottery to plants, memorabilia to holiday mementos and second-hand items. There are also partner booths providing community information and a farmer’s market. Admission to the Mayor’s Craft and County Fair is free, but parking rates still apply. When: usually the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Island Craft Fairs & Events. Held throughout the year across the Hawaiian Paeʻāina (island group) and can include school fairs, food truck events, holiday arts & crafts festivals, and related events. A portion of the sales at each Island Craft Fair supports local charities. Visit their website for a list of upcoming fairs or check the Hawaii on the Cheap event calendar list below.
Malama Hawaii Makers Market (malamahawaiimarket.com) Oʻahu. Malama Markets feature premier local artists, designers, vintage collectors, woodworkers, food vendors, and more! Find products and goods that are not found in your average store. All vendors showcase items that are handmade or designed in Hawai’i — making each piece truly one of a kind. Free parking. Locations: Haleiwa Town, Hawaii Kai, Waikiki, Ala Moana. More info: Upcoming Markets — Malama Hawaii Makers
Visual Art Education Centers
Art education centers offer classes, training, and equipment to the next generation of artists as well as to the public for enjoyment.
(Listed alphabetically by island)
Society for Kona’s Education and Art (SKEA) on Hawaiʻi in South Kona was founded in 1981 by a group of young families who wanted to provide arts education for their children as well as others in the community. Today, the Honaunau site is a beautiful gathering place for creating, moving, singing, playing, and connecting through youth and adult programs, projects, and events that contribute to a vibrant community. There are school break camps for keiki and a wide variety of adult classes.
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 in Makawao 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.
Self-Guided Tour Walking tour of Kaluanui Estate
Explore on your own, or purchase a guidebook in the Gallery Shop. About an hour in duration, the Kaluanui walking tour features more than seventy specimens of plants and trees, many endemic and indigenous plants, the remains of one of Maui’s earliest sugar mills, and you’ll also learn a bit about the architectural features of a nearly 100-year-old historical home. Along the way, you will also have the opportunity to peek inside the Hui’s professional art studios and shop a beautiful selection of Maui made gifts. Available during regular business hours, check their website for holiday hours and exceptions.
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.
The Arts at Marks Garage on Oʻahu in downtown Honolulu’ art district 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
Ben Franklin Crafts offers craft projects and supplies online and in their stores on Hawaiʻi, Maui, and Oʻahu. They offer in-store seasonal events as well as Free Downloads – Ben Franklin Crafts (benfranklinhawaii.com)
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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