Isaacs Art Center

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The Isaacs Art Center is a combination of art museum and retail gallery in Waimea on the Island of Hawaii. It is operated by and for the benefit of the Hawaii Preparatory Academy.

The 5,580-square-foot (518 m2) building was construct as a school in 1915. It was restored between 2002 and 2004, with George Isaacs being the major donor.[1] The art center’s installation intermixes its own permanent art collection with loans from private collectors and works for sale. The art on display consists primarily of paintings by early and mid-twentieth century Hawaii artists.

The permanent collection includes about 30 oil paintings and 40 works on paper by Madge Tennent. Other Hawaii artists represented include Jean Charlot, Martha Greenwell, D. Howard Hitchcock, Herb Kawainui Kane, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, Ben Norris, Louis Pohl, Horatio Nelson Poole, Lloyd Sexton, Jr., and Lionel Walden.[2]

The Art Center is located at 65-1268 Kawaihae Road in Waimea. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission and parking are free.


  • “Isaacs Art Center” in Big Island, Dining • Art • Shopping, August 2010, pp. 78–79.


  1. ^ Big Island, Dining • Art • Shopping, 2010
  2. ^ Big Island, Dining • Art • Shopping, 2010

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