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The island of Hawaii is truly an island of creativity. The creative energy flows from its volcanoes, forming new land, and from its people, generating unique and compelling art and perpetuating cherished cultural practices.
The distinctive styles of paintings, sculptures, glassware, jewelry, hand-carved koa wood bowls and many more types of art found on Hawaii Island bring to life the unique influences of rich culture and spectacular environment on our many talented artists.
Home to an array of museums, galleries and performance venues, Hawaii Island rewards visitors who take the time to browse and admire the work of local painters, sculptors, musicians, storytellers and crafts people. It’s a great way to get out, stretch your legs and meet artists.
This non-profit center in Volcano develops, promotes and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i’s people through arts and education. The center hosts a gallery with art by over 200 local artists, offers art programs for residents and visitors, and organizes a hula performance series in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The building housing Isaacs Art Center was Waimea’s first public school, built in 1915. Today it is stewarded by Hawaii Preparatory Academy to give the community access to art and provide a cultural learning experience. It contains a large permanent collection of paintings, furniture, rare books and Hawaiiana.
Historic Holualoa Village in Kona has a rich farming past, dominated by coffee since it was first planted here in 1828. More recently, the village has grown a community of artists and galleries. On the first Friday of every month, the village comes together for a monthly block party after sunset.
Merrie Monarch Festival - March/April
The largest concentration of arts and culture on the island of Hawaii every year is the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. The festival culminates in a hula competition considered the pinnacle of the hula world – even to dance on the stage is a notable achievement for a dancer. The artisan fairs held in conjunction with the festival have grown to include the finest Made In Hawaii products, cultural arts and more. The music around town is second to none, and in recent years, Merrie Monarch has become a hot spot for Hawaiian fashion.
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival - November
This annual festival celebrating two centuries of coffee heritage in Kona features 10 days of festivities honoring culture, pioneers, farmers, artisans, musicians, dancers and coffee.
Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational organization founded in 1974 by a band of eclectic and energetic artists. Today, Volcano Art Center continues to operate a successful fine arts gallery showcasing handcrafted artworks by over 230 local artists, as well as developing and offering programs for residents, Keiki (children) and visitors alike, including the award-winning Na Mea Hawai`i Hula Kahiko performance series at the kahua hula in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
Hawaii Pacific Parks is a non-profit cooperating association working in partnership with the National Park Service in Hawaii and in American Samoa. Proceeds from our bookstores support interpretive and educational programs, research projects, publications, and cultural activities.
Located 3 miles South of the quaint historic village of Holualoa, the Donkey Mill Art Center is a community art center providing classes, workshops, exhibits, and events for children and adults in a historic coffee mill. Open to all, Weds- Sat from 10am-6:30 pm.
This Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and people. Exhibits trace Hawaii’s history from its volcanic origins and the flora and fauna that arrived before humans to life in ancient Hawaii and the immigrant groups that helped shape Hawaii’s unique culture of today
Kahilu Theatre Foundation raised its curtain in 1981 as a 490-seat Broadway Stage. Today, in addition to presenting a full season of world-class performances, we offer quality art exhibits from emerging and established visual artists and develop accessible performing arts programs for students of all ages.
On the State and National Register of Historic Places, Anna Ranch is a Museum and Heritage Center located in Waimea, Hawaii Island. It celebrates the history of ranching in Hawaii. Anna Ranch Heritage Center offers a picturesque event facility for special gatherings.