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"With four locations around the Island of Maui, Maui Hands has their art gallery formula down. They represent over 300 local fine artists, jewelers, potters, glassblowers, sculptors, woodworkers and various artisans. Their first location opened in Makawao in 1992, and have since grown to a collection of four Maui Hands Galleries around the corners of the island: Makawao, Paia, Lahaina and Ka’anapali. Each gallery offers a rotation of art shows on display, and live local artists for weekly events."
"Congratulations again to Maui Hands for receiving our 2014 Readers' Choice Award - Best Place to Buy Local Gifts! It really is a testament for a business to place in HAWAI'I Magazine's Readers’ Choice Awards. HAWAI'I Magazine does not provide any choices or suggestions for the categories. Readers really need to know and remember the businesses they want to vote for. Being that the majority of HAWAI'I Magazine's readers are on the mainland, this award says a lot about the businesses they vote for!"
"From Lahaina's busy Front Street, through the casual beach-side elegance of the Hyatt Regency Kaanapali, all the way to local, laid-back Paia, Maui Hands Gallery is The Maui News readers' choice as the island's best art gallery.
"In it's collection representing some 300 artists in a variety of mediums, a theme underlying the beauty on display is a deeper reflection of island life - not just the spectacular scenery but the emotions and awe it brings out in creative souls.
"All of the artists represented are local to Hawaii; a significant number are local to Maui. Opened by Panna Speas Cappelli in 1992 to create what she calls 'a much needed retail space for a multitude of talented Hawaiian artisans', the gallery currently operates three locations, 'offering a rich selection of unique locally created pieces in every medium and style.' "
"The beauty of it all is that the income stays right here in our own community," she adds. "And with financial rewards being so low this past year for all 320 of us involved with Maui Hands, the knowledge that lots of people voted for us is especially sweet."
There is certainly a high proportion of art galleries on-island, and understandably so. But such a profusion may actually be quite paralyzing for those who want to check out, and possibly buy, a decent piece of art or two. A gallery must have a plan, a theme, a common thread to lure people in. With its four locations (Paia, Makawao, Lahaina, Kaanapali) and a somewhat enigmatic name, Maui Hands doesn't just display a few overpriced Maui-inspired landscapes. Instead, owner Panna Speas seeks to highlight the work of artists living on Maui. This makes for a sweeping collection of paintings, ceramics, jewelry and even hand cremes for your viewing and/or purchasing pleasure... Read more >>
WASHINGTON D.C., March 20, 2009 -- For the second consecutive year, Maui Hands has been selected for the 2009 Best of Lahaina Award in the Art Galleries & Dealers category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).
The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Maui Hands - The Hawaiian Touch
Panna Speas is not an artist but she certainly has the heart and soul of one. Because of her upbringing, she’s always had an appreciation for good art, music, dance and writing. Speas is the guiding force and vision behind Maui Hands, four galleries scattered across beautiful Maui, featuring the handmade works of Hawaiian artisans. The inspiration to start a gallery came largely due to meeting artists who were very good, but didn’t have the right venue for their work. “It really started with me liking small, beautiful things,” Speas says. Initially Maui Hands started with 25 artists and a borrowed ,000, used mostly to cover deposits. When Speas first decided to open a gallery, she forced herself to make five cold calls to artists every night before dinner, asking if they would give her some of their work to carry in her new gallery.
Keepin' it Real ~ A short stroll south on Lahaina's Front Street now offers rich rewards for art enthusiasts and beachcombers alike. In a sea of 'Made in Taiwan' keepsakes, the new Maui Hands, kitty corner to the Banyan Tree, is a mixed media treasure chest of genuine Hawaiian-made artwork. Just like it's sister galleries in the Hyatt Ka'anapali, Makawao and Pa'ia, the Lahaina location carries the eclectic work of some 300+ local artist and artisans working in a variety of media, including oils on canvas, ceramic, glass, gold and native woods. These artsy finds offer everything from exquisite to funky - just not phony.
Hawaii's largest collection of local artists and artisans - 300+ in all - are represented in a unique and eclectic array of paintings, ceramics, prints, sculpture, woodwork, jewelry and hand-blown glass, as well as distinctive accessories for kitchen and bath. With the exception of limited edition prints, every piece is made by hand, and therefore one-of-a-kind. You'll have to visit all four stores to see it all!