Art in Hawaii

Art in Hawaii

Hawaiian Crafts at Bishop MuseumThere is a rich history of artists and artisans here in Hawaii. The ancient Hawaiians were skilled in weaving lauhala mats and baskets, making tapa cloth, creating intricate feather lei and capes for their royalty, and in carving and shaping wood for statues, weapons, and boats. Their work was both functional and beautiful. Those skills have not been lost over time and you can still find many who continue age old honored traditions of wood carving, lei making, and lauhala weaving.
Over the years, as Hawaii has grown and changed, it has become a sort of magnet to artists from near and far who are drawn to and inspired by the beauty of the islands. Today, you will find a wide range of local and world-renowned artists, whose works are displayed in galleries and museums. Using many different styles and forms of media to express their creativity, there is everything from indigenous art to surf art, oil paintings to the art of photography. Many galleries display art inspired by the ocean or ocean sports such as surfing, while others showcase the island’s many beautiful plants, fruit, lush green landscapes, birds, and other exotic flora and fauna.
If you are looking to purchase a piece of artwork, Seek Spot by Be Our Guest Directory has information on local galleries. Maybe you are especially interested in memorabilia from Hawaii’s early tourism days, and its surfing history, in which case you might want to check out a special gallery/museum on Oahu’s Leeward side. If you would just enjoy visiting some of the museums where vintage Hawaiiana, as well as present day artworks, are displayed for viewing, then Seek Spot by Be Our Guest Directory has a Calender of Events which can help you find special showings currently going on. When out and about on Oahu, we encourage you to explore the galleries and museums and enjoy the beauty and diversity of art in Hawaii!

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