Island Institutions

This year, in honor of the 25th anniversary of Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi, we are celebrating beloved local businesses that have stood the test of time. Here are four more of our favorites.


Maui Hands 
Est. 1992

Panna Speas Cappelli opened the first Maui Hands gallery in the Makawao Courtyard in the summer of 1992 and featured works from 25 local artists. Today, there are four Maui Hands locations — Makawao, Lahaina, Pā‘ia and The Shops at Wailea — and all still carry genuine made-on-Maui artwork.  

Collectively, Maui Hands represents more than 300 of Hawai‘i’s most respected artists working in a variety of media, including ceramics, painting, printing, woodworking, sculpting, glassblowing and jewelry-making, and also features the largest collection of Ni‘ihau shell lei on Maui. (Ni‘ihau are the only shells in the world insurable as a gemstone, and some lei are worth thousands!) Want to see some artists at work? Maui Hands hosts an ongoing artist-in-residence program that affords visitors and locals alike the opportunity to observe the artists, learn about their processes, or just “talk story.” | FB/IG @MauiHands | 1169 Makawao Ave., Makawao, 808.572.2008 | 84 Hāna Hwy., Pā‘ia, 808.579.9245 | 612 Front St., Lahaina, 808.667.9898 | The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 808.667.7997

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