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Maui treasure hunting for arts and crafts.

Vacationers choose Maui for its salubrious tropical climate and splendid beaches. But the island offers more. Anyone interested in arts and crafts with a special Hawaiian flavor will find treasure here. Maui is becoming known for its growing colony of artists and craftspeople-some nationally and even internationally recognized. You can glimpse their work in art galleries, resort hotels, and gift shops. Many artists also open their studios to visitors, by appointment.

While the tourist's Maui is concentrated around the shoreline of Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kihei, Wailea, and Hana, the artist's Maui is mostly upcountry on the Kula slope. Discovering it can be the highlight of a Hawaiian vacation.

Crafts guild, art center, guided tours

Even if you are familiar with traditional Hawaiian crafts, stop at the Maui Crafts Guild, a gallery at 43 Hana Highway (Hana Highway 36, on the Kahului side of the old plantation town of Lower Paia). Open 9 to 6 daily and operated by more than 50 artists and craftsmen who also staff it, the guild offers a representative sampling of the best work being done on the island. While here, ask for a list of the artist-members with addresses and telephone numbers: this will be invaluable in arranging your own studio visits. Depending on your interests, guild people can suggest particular studios and galleries.

About 5 miles uphill from Lower Paia on Baldwin Avenue is Hui Noeau (the name means "group of gifted hands"), a visual arts center offering one-day workshops as well as longer classes in traditional Hawaiian crafts such as basketry-also painting, sculpture, pottery, and printmaking. It occupies the handsome Baldwin mansion, built in 1917 and surrounded by lawns and tropical plantings.

For a current newsletter listing upcoming classes, write to Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao 96768, or call (808) 572-6560. The center is open from 9 to 4 daily.

Another option: Maui Art Tours will arrange a full-day "Meet the Artist" tour for four or five people, chauffeured in an air-conditioned car to five or more artists' studios of your choice, and will provide a luxurious picnic lunch at the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center. Cost for an all-day tour is $150 per person; a half-day tour visiting two or three artists is $75. For more information, write to Maui Art Tours, Box 1058, Makawao 96768, or call 572-7132.

Gallery, studios, a useful book

In Makawao town, the new Glassman Galleries shows the works of more than 80 Maui artists and artisans. It's at 3682 Makawao Avenue; hours are 10 to 7 daily except Sundays. Call 572-0395.

Owner Barbara Glassman-wood is also the author of a most useful book, revised annually: Maui Art and Creative People (Glassman Publishing, Box 1058, Makawao 96768; $10.95). A paperback, it profiles dozens of painters and some craftsmen, showing examples of their work. (It also lists restaurants and various services, and gives other useful local information.) Here is a sampling of artists whose studios you may enjoy visiting on your own. Please be sure to telephone ahead.

Quala-Lynn Bancroft and Cloud Rock La Belle, 879-6772. These artists share a studio. Gentle arrangements of hibiscus flowers in delectable colors, dried and pressed are Bancroft's specialty. La Belle collects and strings unusual seeds and pods as beads.

Jim Green, 572-6439. Green uses locally grown bamboo to make Western flutes, Japanese ikebana vases, serving trays, room dividers, and garden fences.

Mika McCann, 878-6070. Her baskets, all of natural materials gathered on the island, often have the scale and substance of sculpture. As you approach her studio, you'll see collected materials neatly stacked to dry Built by her husband, Don McCann, and with her work and the work of other artist friends, the st like a gallery.

Bruce Turnbull and Marielis Faue, 2449838. Though only a few miles from Wailuku, Highway 340 (the road to the Turnbull studio) snakes high on the cliff above the sea, north past Waihee Point a spectacular drive. Both artists carve in wood: Hawaiian deities, birds, and animals emerge under their hands. Turnbull's works are often also cast in bronze.

David Warren, 572-0344. A painter and printmaker, Warren takes his inspiration from native Hawaiian themes: dancers, traditional customs, and nature.

Sally and Bill Worcester Glass Works and Gallery, 878-6013. Blown glass paperweights to plates 2 feet in diameter seems to catch and hold the color and sunny warmth of Maui.
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