Art has played an important part of Hawaiian history, from fine art to paintings, prints, glass art, sculpture and more.
With the Hawaiian region consisting of more than 130 islands, there are many different forms and styles of art, some of which are more modern while others date back to pre-European settlement times.
Art prior to the arrival of James Cook in 1778 is similar in style to other Pacific Islanders and includes wood carvings, petroglyphs, tattoos, feather work and bark cloth. If you are lucky enough and in the market, you may even find local artists who still create such works selling their art to tourists.
Take a moment to explore the colours and the way light and shadows are encompassed in the artworks. The use of ivory for carvings is a popular background for artworks, while the inspiration behind many pieces is easy to find, just take a simple step out into the stunning natural landscape.
Each island provides a different artistic experience for the traveller and you will find art galleries at Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii.
The most popular of these include the largest museum in Hawaii, the Bishop Museum on Oahu; the Lahaina Heritage Museum in Maui’s well known whaling town; and the Kauai Museum – a cultural sanctuary for art of Native Hawaiians.
Explore the history of Hawaii through its many colourful and distinct styles of art.