Discover why "Travel & Leisure" Magazine's
Best In The World Ratings
acclaimed the Hana Coast Galley as being:
"By far the BEST fine art and craft gallery on Maui"
Located Adjacent To The Hotel Hana-Maui
Where We Are and What We
A Highly Acclaimed Art Gallery
In The Middle of
You wouldn't usually think of one of America's most respected cultural art galleries
being so hidden away. But that's where you will find the Hana Coast Gallery, out in
the middle of "nowhere".
"People ask me ... 'aren't you a little off the beaten path for such a famous art
gallery?', chuckles art consultant and gallery director Alesia Ku'ulei Chow "And I tell them
that as a matter of fact, we are further away from EVERYWHERE than any other place in the world!".
Indeed, the Hawaiian Islands, surrounded on all sides by nearly 2,500 miles of
water to the nearest land mass, is certainly one of the most remote spots on
earth. And add to this the fact that the little town of Hana, on the Eastern tip
of the Island of Maui, is just about the most far removed and difficult spots in
Hawaii to reach. Hardly a place to showcase art, or so one might think. But
beauty and artistic craftsmanship fit perfectly in Hana, which is often called "The
Most Hawaiian Place." And Hana's art gallery, highly acclaimed by collectors and critics alike, is the perfect place to display the
cultural art of the far-distant Hawaiian Islands, Polynesia, and the Orient.
From "International Art Gallery Review":
"In legendary Hana on the Island of Maui, Hawaii, is found an unexpected treasure trove of original art
and finely crafted handwork. The critically acclaimed Hana Coast Gallery, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, serves visitors
and island residents alike as a regional showcase of fine art and native handcrafts. It also acts as a 'visual passport' to the host culture
for guests of the famed Hotel Hana-Maui, where the gallery is located.
"This is not, however, your typical hotel or resort gallery space. Nestled between the ocean and the rainforested slopes of
a dormant 10,000 foot volcano, Hana Coast Gallery occupies its own freestanding
building within the lushly landscaped grounds of Hotel Hana-Maui, a hidden-away tropical resort frequented
by celebrities and world travelers for over 50 years.
"The gallery itself is invitingly warm, intimate, and sophisticated, with a carefully chosen collection of
artists, master artisans and jewelers. The gallery space of nearly three thousand square feet is broken up
into a series of exhibition rooms, where both fine art and hand-crafted objects
are displayed. There is also a Library Room, where original 16th to the 20th century etchings, Japanese woodblock
prints and museum-quality antique Asian sculpture are displayed amongst well-used art reference books.
"Within the gallery
itself, and by means
of its Internet web site
pages, the Hana Coast Gallery
exhibits a group of highly talented,
well-collected island artists and artisans creating beauty in such an array of media as:
Paintings (oil, watercolor, acrylic),
Original Prints (16th to 20th century),
Sculpture (wood, stone and bronze), Fiber, Glass,
Hawaiian Featherwork and traditional and contemporary Turned Wood
Bowls. The gallery is also noted for its collection of custom bench-made furniture handcrafted
from rare Hawaiian Koa wood.
"Travel & Leisure Magazine, in their Annual World's Best Edition, acclaimed
Hana Coast Gallery as being 'The Best Fine Art and Craft Gallery On Maui'. We agree!"
New York Times Review - July 15, 2007
This gallery is a good reason to go to Hana: It's an aesthetic and cultural experience
that informs as it enlightens. Tucked away in the posh hideaway Hotel Hana-Maui, the gallery is known for its high
level of curatorship and commitment to the cultural art of Hawaii.
There are no jumping whales or dolphins
here -- and except for a section of European and Asian masters (Renoir, Japanese woodblock prints), the
3,000-square-foot gallery is devoted entirely to Hawaii artists. Dozens of well-established local artists
display their sculptures, paintings, prints, feather work, stonework, and carvings in displays that are
so natural they could well exist in someone's home.
In response to the ongoing revival of the American
Crafts Movement, the gallery director, Alesia Ku'ulei Chow, has expanded
the selection of koa-wood furniture with a Hawaiian Japanese influence. Stellar artists Tai Lake from
the Big Island and Randall Watkins from Maui are among those represented.
Connoisseurs of hand-turned bowls will find the creme de la creme of the genre here: J. Kelly Dunn, Ron
Kent, Patrick Kramer and Ed Perrira. You won't find a better selection anywhere under one roof. The
award-winning gallery has won accolades from the top travel and arts magazines in the country and
has steered clear of trendiness and unfortunate tastes.
So that's who we are. Now, how about meeting
some of our artists and artisans?.
Come And Meet Brent Cotton
Oh, and in case you're wondering, Patrick Robinson who was the founding managing director
and curator of the gallery has retired. You'll find him in the Ecuadorian Andes, leisurely sipping on a frosty
non-salted Margarita. After twenty years at the gallery, and having reached the youthful age of 80, he deserves it.