The art of Hawai'i and Polynesia has a distinctive style that appeals to a variety of people from around the world. Visit this gallery and see it for yourself. The upcountry venue features the work of some of Hawaii's best artists and crafters. You will see paintings and sculptures, jewelry, Koa wood furniture and Hawaiian quilts. Also available are tribal art of the Pacific and pieces from Indonesia and New Guinea.
Certainly one of the more interesting landmarks in the area, the King Kamehameha Statue in Kapaau is the original of what is now several statues, including the one that is in statuary hall in the Capitol building in Washington, DC. This particular statue was designed in Florence, cast in Paris, lost at sea, reappeared at Port Stanley in the Falklands and returned to Hawaii. Since insurance paid for a replacement of the thought-to-be-lost statue, the replacement is located on Oahu and stands proudly in front of Aliiolani Hale.
Tucked between Anaehoomalu Bay and the Marriott, this attraction is what remains of an ancient fishpond. The pond was built for the collecting and farming of fresh fish. Furthermore, fish was a constant source of food for the high chiefs that lived in and around the coastline. Today, the edges of the pond are covered with vegetation. However, during ancient times, the rock walls provided an ebb and flow of sea water that would nourish the fish (but not let them escape into the bay). Visitors to the area are welcome to take self-guided tour of the fishponds and are cautioned not to enter the ponds at anytime.
Tucked between mega resorts and luxury vacation condominiums, these series of ponds are part of a collection of environmentally sensitive areas in Waikoloa. The shallow ponds are filled with a combination of fresh and salt water and are fed by ponds and the ocean. Moreover, the eco-system is filled with tiny fish, crustaceans, mollusks and opae'ula or red shrimp that are a favorite of ancient Hawaiians. Those who want to experience Waikoloa Anchialine Pond Preservation Area are welcome to take the free self-guided tour that is located along Waikoloa Beach Road. Visitors are asked to stay out of the ponds and do not disturb the wildlife or rocks.
Located near the corner of Mamalahoa Highway and Lindsay Road in the heart of the small ranching town of Waimea, this charming art gallery is full of unique works of art that are often overlooked by the larger island galleries. The art shows feature island artists and serve as a showplace for community talent, budding artists and other causes. The gallery was founded in 1974 and is housed in Waimea's original firehouse. The building retains its original tin roof and plantation-era exterior. The gallery is active in promoting and stimulating interest in the community for the fine arts.
The Hawaiian Islands have inspired countless artists, a few of whom are featured at the Genesis Gallery in Waikoloa. Browse through a selection of gorgeous oil paintings; most depict stunning tropical scenery. Featured artists include James Coleman and Gabriel Burchman. Aside from the gallery's collection of fine art, you will find a selection of glasswork and sculpture. If you are searching for the perfect souvenir, consider taking home the art of the islands.