Art Galleries and Museums of Hawaii’s Big Island
The spectacular environment of Hawaii Island inspires its many artists. Whether it’s through paintings, sculptures, glassware, jewelry or hand-carved koa wood bowls, you’ll see the distinct styles that make the art found on Hawaii Island truly unique. Browse the art galleries of Holualoa, the Kona coffee town that’s become art central for Hawaii Island. You can also find art galleries in charming neighborhoods like Hawi in North Kohala, Downtown Hilo and in special spots like the Volcano Art Center near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Hawaii Island is also home to many immersive museums that feature art as well as artifacts. The Lyman Mission House and Museum in Hilo features exhibits and collections from the 1800's. The East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo is an artistic gathering place featuring the island's best artists, performers and entertainers. Visit the NOAA's Mokupapapa Discovery Center for Hawaii's remote coral reefs and learn about one of the last wild places on Earth, the remote coral reefs of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. For those interested in the science of volcanology, visit the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Kids will also love the immersive planetarium and interactive exhibits in the modern Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii. And you can learn about important facets of Hawaii Island's history at the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo and the living museums of Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. The Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua Village has an extensive collection of Hawaiian cultural artifacts and artwork including paintings by Herb Kane, a renowned illustrator of Polynesian and Hawaiian life.
Whether in an art gallery or at restored historic site, take some time to learn more about the arts and culture of Hawaii Island.