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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 Hawaii, the Big Island, 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.


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, the Honolulu Museum of Art overlooking Honolulu has an awesome display of cutting-edge painting and sculpture. 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.

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Pacific Historic Parks
94-1187 Ka Uka Blvd.
Waipahu, HI 96797

Pacific Historic Parks operates the USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour, Virtual Reality Tours, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Tours and the Arizona Memorial Museum Store. At Diamond Head, our firm runs the Diamond Head Visitor Center and the Diamond Head Tour. At Kalaupapa, we run the Gift Store.

Teruya Pavillion
Hawaii Okinawa Center
94-587 Ukee St
Waipahu, HI 96797

The Hawaii Okinawa Center (HOC) is the “home” of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. The Hawaii United Okinawa Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, perpetuate and preserve Okinawan culture. For more information, visit

Donkey Mill Art Center
78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy
Holualoa, HI 96725

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.