Art of the Island
Inspired by the spectacular, uncut beauty of this one-of-a-kind island, Big Island artists are pumping out artwork as varied as the landscape and as prolific as the lava that flows from Madame Pele’s volcano. Original works can be found almost everywhere – in large, high end galleries like Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery, in small, specialty shops like Hawai‘i Titanium Rings and Cindy Coats Gallery, or in outdoor markets like Ali`i Gardens Marketplace. Take a walk along Ali`i Drive in Kailua-Kona for a good look at the art of the island.
Jill’s Hot Stuff
At Jill’s Hot Stuff in Ali’i Gardens Marketplace, you can find hand-crafted, beaded toe thongs and toe rings. Until you’ve had a pair of these things, you can’t possibly know how hot your feet can look. Toe thongs are great for barefoot weddings and other occasions when a pedicure isn’t quite enough. Owner Jill Ernst, a New York transplant, developed her product out of a belief that bare feet should be beautiful – particularly in Hawai`i.
Cindy Coats Gallery
Cindy Coats is a prolific and versatile artist who operates from a gallery across from the pier and the King Kamehamea Hotel in Kailua-Kona. Coats, owner of the Cindy Coats Gallery, works in a variety of mediums to create the bright, cheerful prints that hang in her gallery. Formerly, the owner of an Albuquerque studio, Coats and her husband moved to Kona in 1996. You can find her in her gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays.