- Sandell (tel. 808/249-0234; www.sandellmaui.com): Since the early 1970s, artist, illustrator, and cartoonist David Sandell has been commenting on Maui through his artwork. Don't miss the opportunity to stop by his shop in old Wailuku town and "talk story" with the talented artist, who watched Maui go from undiscovered to discovered. His work -- from original oils to prints to T-shirts -- makes excellent souvenirs to take home.
- Bailey House Museum Shop (tel. 808/244-3326; www.mauimuseum.org): You can travel Hawaii and peruse its past with the assemblage of made-in-Hawaii items at this museum gift shop in Wailuku. Tropical preserves, Hawaiian music, pareu, prints by esteemed Hawaiian artists, cookbooks, hatbands, and magnificent wood bowls reflect a discerning standard of selection. Unequaled for Hawaiian treasures on Maui.
- Brown-Kobayashi (tel. 808/242-0804): At this quiet, tasteful, and elegant Asian shop in Wailuku, the selection of antiques and collectibles changes constantly but reflects an unwavering sense of gracious living. There are old and new European and Hawaiian objects, from koa furniture (which disappears fast) to lacquerware, Bakelite jewelry, Peking glass beads, and a few priceless pieces of antique ivory.
- Village Galleries (tel. 808/661-4402 in Lahaina, 808/669-1800 in Kapalua; www.villagegalleriesmaui.com): Maui's oldest galleries have maintained high standards and the respect of a public that is increasingly impatient with clichéd island art. On exhibit are the finest contemporary Maui artists in all media, with a discerning selection of handcrafted jewelry. In Lahaina, the contemporary gallery has a larger selection of jewelry, ceramics, glass, and gift items, as well as paintings and prints.
- Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center (tel. 808/572-6560; www.huinoeau.com): Half the experience is the center itself, one of Maui's historic treasures: a strikingly designed 1917 kamaaina (native-born, or old-timer) estate on 9 acres in Makawao; two of Maui's largest hybrid Cook and Norfolk pines; and an arts center with classes, exhibitions, and demonstrations. The gift shop is as memorable as the rest of it. You'll find one-of-a-kind works by local artists, from prints to jewelry and pottery.
- Viewpoints Gallery (tel. 808/572-5979; www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com): I love this airy, well-designed Makawao gallery and its helpful staff, which complement the fine Maui art: paintings, sculpture, jewelry, prints, woods, and glass. This is Maui's only fine-arts cooperative, showcasing the work of dozens of local artists.
- Hana Coast Gallery (tel. 808/248-8636; www.hanacoast.com): This gallery is a good reason to go to Hana: It's an aesthetic and cultural experience that informs as it enlightens. Tucked away in the posh hideaway Hotel Hana-Maui, the 3,000-square-foot gallery is known for its high level of curatorship and commitment to the cultural art of Hawaii. It's devoted entirely to Hawaiian artists, who display their sculptures, paintings, prints, feather work, stonework, and carvings.
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