32 years ago my Mom, Gail Baron, and I opened Nohea Gallery in the middle of Ward Warehouse. That first day in August 1990, after the renovation, getting all the artists’ work checked in and displayed, the new team prepared and the office end set to go, was the last time we were done.
Since that day we opened locations at the Moana Hotel where we thrived for 13 years, on Maui at Whalers Village where we only lasted five, Ward Center in 1998 the first time we were told Ward Warehouse was coming down, downtown for a while, at the Kahala Hotel, and others. Finally in 2017 Ward Warehouse really did close. We opened the same month at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki and a year later at Kahala Mall. Kahala Mall is our main location and is located in the Makai wing.
We celebrate Hawaii’s woodworkers, painters, glassmakers, potters, jewelers and others. Every month we mail well over a hundred checks to local households who make beautiful and useful art and crafts. Many have been with us for decades. Our prices are close to craft fairs as we intend for every customer to have a great experience and return often.
Our staff have joined us from a diverse array of backgrounds but share a common joy in the beauty of these islands and aloha for the people. They, together with my beautiful Mom, the artists of Nohea Gallery and our loyal customers and new ones too, make this work of 32 years a privilege and a gift.