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Art Across the Islands

Observe the work of Hawaii’s artists and you’ll see and feel the poetry of the Islands expressed in color, light, and shadow – painted, printed, sculpted, etched, photographed, and filmed. Likewise, our artisans and craftspeople, create masterpieces that are both timeless and timely – every one infused with the generous spirit of aloha that’s as much a part of our nature as the sun itself. The art experience – and the products of that experience – varies from island to island. The lush, natural landscape of Kauai inspires painting and crafts that are as sophisticated as they are direct. Painters, sculptors, and crafts-people thrive on Maui where the whaler’s art of carving on ivory is still quite popular. Oahu’s art scene is both steeped in tradition and wildly contemporary. And it shouldn't surprise you that creativity on the island of Hawaii can be fiery indeed. Best of all, no matter where you go in the islands, you’ll find that artists are just as accessible as the art they create.

Museums

Hawaii has more than its share of museums, celebrating everything from Hawaii’s history and culture to its contemporary art. The Bishop Museum on Oahu is the largest museum in Hawaii dedicated to studying and preserving the state’s history and is also considered the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. At the Lahaina Heritage Museum, visitors can literally feel the historical and cultural, vitality of Maui’s legendary whaling town. And at the Kauai Museum, it’s possible to view galleries showcasing the work of multi-cultural artists, sculptors and craftsmen as well as learn about the geological formation of the Hawaiian Islands, early Native Hawaiian life, and the Hawaiian Monarchy.

On the other side of the spectrum, come be inspired at the Honolulu Museum of Art overlooking Honolulu which has an awesome display of cutting-edge paintings and sculpture, as well as art from many different genres and eras. This museum featured the largest collection of fine art in Hawaii. And for those interested in seeing the future, Hilo’s Imiloa Astronomy Center features a variety of space-age, interactive exhibits as well as a theater. 

The Art of Film

Year in and year out, Hawaii contributes its vast natural resources to the art of film, providing settings and backdrops that are truly beyond compare. More than 60 box office features – including "South Pacific", "King Kong", and "Jurassic Park" – have been shot on the island of Kauai alone and Oahu has been the setting for the re-born "Hawaii 5-0", "Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire" and many more. No matter where you travel in the islands, you’re likely to see film crews, actors, and actresses, and in several cases, it’s possible to take tours of famous locations.

Arts and Culture in Hawaii

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Maui
Maui OnStage
68 N. Market Street
Wailuku, HI 96793
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Maui OnStage provides: an annual season of plays and musicals; adult theater education; use of the theater by outside groups; and stewardship of the historic Iao Theater.

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Kauai
The Waipa Foundation
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Waipa Foundation manages the scenic Waipa Ahupua'a, found along Kauai's north shore, as a cultural & community center. Waipa grows and distributes food, educates and inspires community youth and families, hosts a weekly market plus seasonal festivals, and offers transformative eco-cultural programs.

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