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Art Galleries and Museums of Hawaii’s Big Island


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The spectacular environment of Hawaii’s Big Island inspires its many artists. Whether it’s through paintings, sculptures, glassware, jewellery or hand-carved koa wood bowls, you’ll see the distinct styles that make the art found on the Big Island truly unique. Browse the art galleries of Holualoa, the Kona coffee town that’s become art central for Hawaii’s Big Island. You can also find art galleries in charming neighbourhoods like Hawi in North Kohala, Downtown Hilo and in special places like the Volcano Art Center near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hawaii’s Big 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 1800s. 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 the Big 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. Whether in an art gallery or at a restored historic site, take some time to learn more about the arts and culture of Hawaii’s Big Island.