Volcano Garden Arts

Check out this farmhouse-turned gallery on your way to visit the volcano

Volcano Garden Arts, a World Heritage Site, is well worth a stop when you’re enroute to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The farmhouse-turned-gallery, built long ago of California redwood brought to the area by ship, rail and then horse-drawn wagon, sits tucked within the rainforest of Volcano Village.

In addition to visiting one of the most eclectic art and crafts galleries you’ll ever see, you can also fortify yourself at its vegetarian Café Ono. And if you can’t bear to leave, know there is a private, one-bedroom redwood “artist’s cottage” on site that’s available for rent (see volcanoartistcottage.com).

The gallery’s small, rambling rooms are packed full of major works by local artists of renown, tiny inexpensive collectibles, and everything in between. The interesting collection includes glass-blown pieces, wood and metal work, ceramics, masks, jewelry, books and household items – an extensive collection of local artists’ work that’s fun to browse. There couldn’t be more ambiance, and the owner, artist Ira Ono, is a delight. 

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.