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Address: 200 Piopio St, Wailoa State Park, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4274
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+1 808-933-0416

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Where the local artists gather

A good place to connect with the local talent, from Hawaii Islanders who hand build Ukelele's to Fine Artists working in the latest medium, Crafts and Ceramics, this place is the... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2017
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Papaikou, Hawaii
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

A good place to connect with the local talent, from Hawaii Islanders who hand build Ukelele's to Fine Artists working in the latest medium, Crafts and Ceramics, this place is the venue...the Home of the Hawaii Nei Annual Show, this is Hawaii Art at its Best.

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Northern California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Wailoa Center has possibilities. It's infrastructure was being upgraded while we were there. The exhibits change monthly however unlike what some of these reviews have said while they may be interesting they are not necessarily the work of local artists. This January the exhibition was of San Francisco Bay Area Filipino American artists--some of whom I believe either came from... More 

Thank nurealam
Haiku, Hawaii
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64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

If you want to see a nice selection of art by local artist this is the place to visit......they have rotating shows and show a wide range of things.....the public is invited to the openings at no cost and the people are friendly....it is housed in a unique building shaped like a volcano.....with a fountain the the center to look... More 

Thank norman m
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329 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

This place was intriguing in that there are stunning galleries, art work utilizing many different forms, and fascinating exhibitions. A must see while in Hilo!!

Thank TravelRobs
Keaau, Hawaii
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101 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016

We enjoy going to the Wailoa Center on the first Friday of each month for the opening of each month's art exhibit. They have a wide range of art exhibits that include wood carving, painting, sculpting, drawing and more. The two floors of art are always nicely displayed. Great care is taken to the hanging and preparation of each exhibit.... More 

Thank TedinHawaii
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2015

They have different types of art through out the year. Everything from Ukulele Makers ,Photographers, Ceramic And much much more. I've attended many events for me the best one is the Big Island Woodturners Exhibit. It is held each year in March and runs for most of the month. If you enjoy fine woodworking in the turned form this is... More 

1 Thank Doug K
Hilo, Hawaii
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2013

I like it a lot really, and there are exceptional craftspersons who exhibit there, but I rated it less than excellent only because it isnt the Metropolitan Museum. Maybe you need a new category = "unique and worth seeing". Plus it is connected to a park and across from the ocean, whats better than that?!

3 Thank Jennifer H
Aurora, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2013

We enjoyed our visit to the Wailoa Center in Hilo this past week. It is an airy, open space in a circular building that is ideal for viewing artwork. The Woodturners exhibition was on when we visited and there was an impressive display of beautiful work by many local fine craftspeople / artists. I believe the gallery focuses on the... More 

3 Thank Rick1057
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2009

Wailoa Center and Park was great.....beware of parking in adjacent state building lot - You will be ticketed!!!!!!

3 Thank oahuohana
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Reviewed 25 September 2002

Fine museum and information center. Great stop to refresh, regroup and learn a thing or two about the Islands.

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