Best Things to do in Maui: Explore Makawao’s Art Scene

Town of Makawao

Town of Makawao

Makawao was once named one of the top 25 arts communities in the United States. There is so much creative energy in Makawao that it is impossible to cover it all in one short blog post. If you are an art lover, you will want to set aside a full day to explore the artists of Makawao. Here are a few top picks:

Makai Glass

Makai Glass features stunning and glass-blown sculptures inspired by the sea, ocean life, and volcanic formations of the Hawaiian Islands. Artists Justin Brown and Randy Schaffer infuse each piece with the "breath of aloha", their love for the islands and their inhabitants, creating outstanding sculptures of waves, dolphins, whales, turtles, Lava Vases and Maui Storms.

Maui Hands Maui Art Galleries

Maui Hands Maui Art Galleries represents more than 300 Hawaii artisans and fine artists. Hawaii artists are 100% local to the state of Hawaii, and most are local Maui resident artists. Maui Hands Maui Art Galleries features Ni'ihau shell leis, koa wooden boxes and other Hawai'i art works. Maui Hands Maui Art Galleries represents sculptors, painters, jewelers, woodworkers, potters, glass workers, fine art photographers and other Hawaii artists.

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center

The Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center is housed in Kaluanui, a beautiful mansion just north of Makawao on Baldwin Avenue. Here you can attend exhibits, learn about Hawaiian art, history, take classes in pottery, painting, printmaking, sculpture and jewelry making, arrange for studio time, and meet visiting artists.

Hot Island Glass

Most days, visitors will find Chris Richards and Chris Lowry crafting stunning, one-of-a-kind works of art at Hot Island Glass. Hot Island Glass has become a favorite destination of Hawaii’s art-loving visitors. Customers visit to shop the gallery and watch the artists fashion high-quality vessels and unique sculptural pieces which capture the rich colors and forms of Hawaii.

Makawao Fine Art

Makawao Fine Art, founded in 1986, has evolved into one of Hawaii's finest Galleries. Owner and curator David Wertheim and his staff excel at bringing together exceptionally beautiful objets d'art, unique original oils, and beautiful limited editions on canvas. Artists include: Andrea Razzauti, Walfrido Garcia, Sue Perry, Anna Good, Kim McDonald, David "Kawika" Gallegos, Michael Nardozzi, Bob Byerley, Terry Gilecki, Allan Rodewald, Eric Christensen, Maleko Vagi, and Jerry Potter. The Makawao Fine Art jewelry boutique also features work of local artisans in Niihau leis, precious gemstones, gold, and silver.