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Koa artisans and small town/village shops

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Koa artisans and small town/village shops

DD and I will be on the Big Island in May and although I have been before, the two visits were short stays. This trip will be for 13 nights and I would like to visit some shops and farmers markets in our travels this trip.

I know of Waipio Valley Artworks, Volcano Art Gallery and Glass from the Past. I never did make it to any farmers markets on my last visits.

I'm looking for koa weapons and canoes. Do any of the farmer markets have koa artisans or any other shops that may have them? I don't remember if Waipio or Volcano had them.

What other small town/village shops are worth a look see?

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1. Re: Koa artisans and small town/village shops

Pretty much every small village is worth a look see. Hilo is of course not small, but the old downtown has artisans a-plenty.

Try Kapa'au (Artists' collective just on the Hawi side of main village), Hawi (more touristy), Waimea, Honoka'a, Honomu, Pahoa, Mountainview, Volcano, Pahala, Na'alehu, Kainali'u and other coffee towns on Hwy 11, Holualoa.

This article is somewhat dated, yet it sounds about right. Farmer's markets will typically have small craft items.

budgettravel.com/feature/…

Check out these guys:

http://www.hawaiikoawood.com/

Lonely Planet's page on shopping the Big Island should give you some ideas of places that aren't tourist traps:

lonelyplanet.com/usa/…shopping

Unfortunately, Dan DeLuz, master koa worker, passed away not long ago. His gallery just before Mountainview may still be open, I'm not sure.

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2. Re: Koa artisans and small town/village shops

Volcano Arts Center is/worth a look if you go to Volcano Village.

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3. Re: Koa artisans and small town/village shops

Yes, all three of the places you mentioned in your top post are very worth your time, as are the markets. The VAC has a website where their newsletter is on line, which you may enjoy perusing to see what they offer.

http://www.volcanoartcenter.org/

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4. Re: Koa artisans and small town/village shops

We highly recommend koa wood furniture and artwork by Michael Felig of Hawi on the Kohala coast on the Big Island. We ordered a custom set of bedroom furniture years ago. He crafted all the pieces as ordered and took care of even sending to the mainland. Everything has held up well. Mike is reliable and a creative craftsman. His number is 808-938-4364. His work also is shown at Kohala Artworks in the town of Hawi at the intersection of highways 250 & 270.

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Be prepared to pay big bucks for any nice Koa piece.

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6. Re: Koa artisans and small town/village shops

Glass art was mentioned... Are there any glass arts galleries?

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7. Re: Koa artisans and small town/village shops

See the top post ... where the OP had already found some. There is a shop on Hilo Bayfront (Kamehameha Ave.) near Cafe Pesto, that offers remarkable pieces, plates and bowls ... what kind of glass art are you looking for?

I have a friend whose SO does fused glass hangings. She sells at the Hilo FM and the monthly Kona stroll.

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I wasnʻt sure if I could find the name of the gallery I described, but I found it (always fun to search for a specific art gallery when you have no idea of its name or exact address).

Dreams of Paradise gallery, in the S. Hata building across from Cafe Pesto. Here is a link to their glass pieces. There are pages of them. They are even more stunning in person.

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Ed to add, no, I canʻt link directly to the glass, but select All Glass or one of the three types from the left menu.

Edited: 04 April 2013, 01:21
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Here is the site of woodworker Kelly Dunn, who does turned wood. Kawaihae Gallery and Waipiʻo Artworks.

www.kellydunnwoodturner.com/index.php…

See also Woodshop Gallery in Honomu for koa:

http://www.woodshopgallery.com/about.htm

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10. Re: Koa artisans and small town/village shops

To the OP,

From what I can tell, koa weapons are a specialty and you may not find a gallery front, but you can order them. Hamakua Trading Co. has a Ninole address on the Hamakua coast, but is a web based business. They do offer weapons and paddles. (I donʻt see anyone with canoes so far, only paddles. Did you want small model canoes or a full sized canoe?)

http://www.webetiki.com/koawoodpaddles.html

On a larger business scale, there is Martin & MacArthur which is Honolulu based koa craftsmanship, but has a store in the Waikoloa Kingsʻ Shops. Here are the weapons, which are mounted:

https:/…hawaiian-weapons-with-shark-s-teeth

Here are the very pricey canoes:

https:/…canoes