If you are in or near Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, consider visiting one of the most unusual shops on the Big Island - the Ipu Hale Gallery - the house of gourds.
| ||The Ipu Hale Gallery is located on the old Mamalahoa Highway - a twisty old road that bypasses Kailua-Kona. (This road by itself is like a botanical garden.) First find the unmistakable (fluorescent pink) Kona Hotel - then look 50 yards up the hill on your right. |
Although Ipu Hale is worth the trip by itself, Holualoa is famous for small art galleries and excellent Kona coffee.
The owner-founder of Ipu Hale Gallery is Michael ..., one of the happiest people I've met, who has successfully turned his hobby into a fascinating business.
|Michael ... is perhaps uniquely qualified to make gourds - his last project was growing Chinese medicinal mushrooms. || |
Michael has researched the old Hawaiian art of gourd making, and uses these techniques to turn Hawaiian gourds into works of art.
| ||Inside Michael's gallery ... take your time to admire the beauty of gourds decorated in a traditional Hawaiian style. |
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