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In this remote gallery you can find finely crafted wooden bowls, koa furniture, paintings, and jewelry—all made by local artists. There's also a great little café where you can pick up a sandwich or ice cream before descending into Waipio Valley. www.waipiovalleyartworks.com.
Watercolorist and oil painter Patrick Louis Rankin showcases his own work in his shop in a restored plantation store next to the bright-green Chinese community and social hall, on the way to Pololu Valley. The building sits right on the road at the curve, in the Palawa ahupua'a (land division) near Kapaau. www.patricklouisrankin.net.
One of the oldest and largest galleries in Kona, Pacific Fine Art represents 42 artists from across the globe. The gallery features everything from original oil and acrylic paintings to limited editions, sculptures, glass, and raku ceramic pieces.
Located in Kailua-Kona, this one-of-a-kind shop features the bronze creations of Charles Moore. Inspired by the vintage hula-girl lamps of the 1930s, Moore creates art pieces sought by visitors and residents alike. Mix and match with an array of hand-painted lamp shades.
This venerable gallery has been enticing visitors for more than 20 years with a vast collection of paintings and sculptures by more than 150 Big Island artists. There are also antique maps and prints, stone artifacts, wooden bowls, paddles, koa furniture, jewelry, and glasswork.
Though it carries some of the usual ocean-scene schlock, the Harbor Gallery has one of the better and more unique selections of art on the island. Expect to find fine art, furniture, and decorative pieces made with koa and other native woods. www.harborgallery.biz.
Woodworker Cliff Johns can often be found on the front porch of his cool gallery in the heart of Holualoa Village, chatting with fellow artists or working on a new piece. The gallery features an array of works by Big Island artists, and an inventory of wood scultures, paintings, furniture, and other crafts that's decidedly different from the standard fare.
This gallery is truly a family affair. Painter Gary Ackerman's daughter, Alyssa, and her husband, Ronnie, run the gallery that showcases several family members' art. Don't miss the fine and varied collection of gifts for sale in their side-by-side gallery, cafe, and gift shop near the King Kamehameha statue. www.ackermangalleries.com.
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