Visiting Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center is more than a stop at an art gallery. It’s a chance to see how the other half lived. The center is housed in the 1917 plantation estate home of Harry and Ethel Baldwin, descendants of missionaries and the “first family” of Hawaiian sugar. Architect C.W. Dickey designed the Mediterranean-Hawaiian stucco mansion. He’s famous for homes and public buildings in Hawaii.
Ethel Baldwin founded the Hui No‘eau Arts Society in 1934. Today it’s an active teaching center with an array of classes, as well as a gallery with changing exhibits and a gift shop. The gallery and shop fill the mansion’s living and dining rooms. It’s a place lively with childen being creative. The center is also known for Hui Press, its print studio. Expect to see images from notable artists, as well as fine works by island artists.
The Kuluanui History Room features exhibits relating to the story of the house and center, and Ethel Baldwin’s collection of copper and silver. Tours of the grounds are also offered.
And do step into the shop before you leave. The quality is high and it’s a chance to take home something original.
The spacious grounds invite strolling. A large sculpture dominates the grounds along with the largest Cook Island pine tree on Maui.