About Maui Hands
There is no better place on Maui to find that special piece of local artwork. It’s a real voyage of discovery. Maui Hands is the creative efforts of 300 local artisans working in every conceivable medium and style. Paintings, prints, glass and woodworking, pottery and sculpture are all there, along with lamps, local hardwood furniture and home accessories. Maui Hands carries the work of 30 individual jewelers, as well as the largest collection of Ni’ihau shell lei on Maui. Each gallery is a pleasant place to visit, full of interesting and eclectic pieces in every price range.
Since 1 9 9 2 ~ the history of Maui Hands
MAUI HANDS began a tradition of representing Hawaii’s fine artists, artisans, jewelers, woodworkers, glassblowers, potters, and sculptors in the Spring of 1992. The first location opened in August of 1992 at The Courtyard in Makawao, with 25 artisans. The second gallery began operation in November of 1994 at the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului and later moved to Lahaina’s Front Street. For seven years in a row MAUI HANDS won the Center’s Award for “Highest Sales Per Square Foot” in its category. MAUI HANDS opened its third location in April of 2000 in the town of Paia on the picturesque north shore of Maui. This spacious location provided high ceilings and a varied wall space as well as much needed room for the increasing foot traffic. In December of 2002 Maui Hands was invited to open at the prestigious Hyatt Regency, Ka’anapali, which allowed those artist remaining on the waiting list to be represented. Maui Hands opened in September 2004 on Front Street in popular Lahaina Town, making it the 2nd busiest of the four Maui Hands galleries after Paia. In July of 2011 the Makawao Gallery moved to a larger space on Makawao Avenue.
Meet the owner of M A U I H A N D S
Panna Speas Cappelli was born in the summer of 1960 on Lake Michigan. Her first home was a 52 foot sailboat she shared with her parents, grandmother, three sisters, a brother and a monkey. She spent blissful years of childhood on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands before moving to Florida to attend college.
After four years in a commune, a year traveling the world and two years in the Florida Keys, Panna then found a home in Maui. Her family and an interesting and eventful life taught her the value of courage, stamina and honesty. Business school provided her the bookkeeping, secretarial and management skills needed to start an enterprise. Working in the service industry taught her how to value and respect the customer. MAUI HANDS was born of a desire to work with good people while being surrounded by beauty. Dreams do come true.