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Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery

65-1268 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8404
+1 808-885-5884
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A local charm

This small eclectic gallery provides a glimpse of a variety of treasures as well as local known... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2018
Kathleen D
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Waimea, Hawaii
Free, fun, central Waimea location

You will be amazed by the array of artists featured. It is one of the few places you can see the... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
StacyFromHawaii
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Waimea, Hawaii
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Isaacs Art Center is at once a lens into the past and a commitment to the future. Situated adjacently to Hawaii Preparatory Academy's Village Campus, the gallery presents a rich history of Hawaii’s allure through the artists it has inspired over two centuries. All proceeds benefit the academy's scholarship fund, ensuring its continued accessibility to promising students within Hawaii and around the world.The 5,580 square-foot building, which opened as Waimea's Elementary and Intermediate School in 1915, was saved from demolition in 2002; a meticulous, 20-month campaign restored the schoolhouse to its former glory, garnering the Historic Hawaii Foundation’s Preservation Honor Award and recognition on the State Register of Historic Places.In 2005, the center became custodian to over 100 paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Madge Tennent, one of Hawaii's most iconic and beloved artists. There, fine works by D. Howard Hitchcock, Lionel Walden, and Jean Charlot complement her legacy.
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65-1268 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8404
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

This small eclectic gallery provides a glimpse of a variety of treasures as well as local known artists. Often items are for sale. At the holiday, the feature is an old minature exhibit enchanting to children which is often revisited when it is up. Definitely...More

Thank Kathleen D
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

You will be amazed by the array of artists featured. It is one of the few places you can see the evolution of modern art in Hawaii. Featured artist is Madge Tennent- big bold beautiful colorful artwork. Park in rear of building, across from Longs...More

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

I can't tell you how many times over the years we've driven by. But thanks to doing research for upcoming guests I recently read about the gallery. It's a treasure! Charlene was an amazing docent. Currently there's an amazing exhibit called the mouse house. If...More

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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

After breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe, only a block to Isaacs. Plenty parking in the back. Old school building is well preserved. Specifically stopped for temporary exhibit on Hokulea voyage. Found additional art in gallery well worth viewing. Docents very helpful and friendly Look forward...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Great docent Mollie and incredible art of Madge Tennent. Museum supports local artist and promotes Hawaiian tradition. Do not miss it. Also, On the way to Waipio Lookout and charming Honoka'a.

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Reviewed 6 May 2017

This gallery supports the Hawaiian Preparatory Academy and is well worth a visit. They have many items for sale and the prices are fair for the quality. The staff is most friendly and helpful. Don't expect souvenirs - this is a serious gallery.

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Reviewed 22 April 2017

If you've always wanted to see some of Madge Tennet's really large and beautiful paintings, this is indeed the place to come. There are other artists who show here also, and crafts, exquisite Niihau seed leis, hand turned wooden bowls, and a few artifacts from...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

The paintings are amazing. The wood sculptures are remarkable. Not just a viewing gallery, items are for sale and support the Scholarship Fund for the Hawaiian Prep School.

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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic gallery in the heart of Waimea. Renowned artists such as Madge Tennant, Koa master sculptures and furniture. To a wide array of some of the best local artists in Hawaii. A must see while on the island!

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Reviewed 11 February 2017

I will confess that I don't like most of the art I've seen on my Hawaiian vacation. Too garish or cheesy for my particular tastes. The Isaacs Art Center had a display of a single artist (I think her name was Madge Tennant) which was...More

Thank Kerry C
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