The Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, located at the Kaluanui estate in Makawao, is dedicated to the education and learning in the arts. The visual arts center is located on the historic estate of Harry and Ethel Baldwin, one of Maui's most prominent families in the pineapple industry. Ethel Baldwin founded the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Society in 1934. Since then, her dedication to the arts has been a draw for artists from around the world.
The main house and mansion of the estate, built in 1917, is the main gallery of the Hui No'eau Center. It also houses the studios for computers and drawing, as well as a dark room for their photography programs. The rest of the studios, including the children's studio, ceramics studio and reflecting pool are scattered across the estate. Visitors are welcome to take a free self-guided tour of this former pineapple plantation estate, botanical gardens and its galleries.
The Hui No'eau Center features art exhibitions and holds exhibits year-round. The center's "Art Affair," an annual fundraising event, takes place at the gallery and features well-known artists, a live and a silent auction and a black-and-white ball for attendees. These yearly fundraisers and auctions help support the programs and classes held at Hui No'eau.
Adult programs and lectures are offered in a variety of disciplines. Studios and open studios for photography, print making, painting and more are taught in a variety of workshops for professional artists and novices alike. After fulfilling the prerequisites for the basic studio classes, students and artists are welcome to take part in the art center's open studio classes in photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, print making and jewelry-making.
The center also offers programs for children from the ages of 3 ½ to 18 years old who are interested in exploring the visual arts in painting, photography, ceramics, sculptures, jewelry-making and more.
Closed on Sundays.
Family membership: $75
Individual membership: $45
Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center Overview
Non-profit, community-based arts education organization offering open access for all to quality arts instruction by professional teaching artists
Directions: From West Maui: Drive east on Honoapiilani Hwy. (30) toward Kahului. After you pass Maalaea Harbor, make a right turn onto Kuihelani Hwy. (380). Turn right onto Hana Hwy. (36) and then turn right onto Haleakala Hwy. (37). Turn left onto Makawao Avenue. Turn left onto Baldwin Avenue and continue 1 mile (1.6 km) downhill. The Center will be on your right.
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