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Gift Store Helps Meet HCC Purpose

ohanasmIn 1981, on the tenth anniversary of the Cultural Center, drawings by Joyce Clark were reproduced into fundraising greeting cards which we still sell today! From this humble beginning our museum gift store now boasts a selection of four hundred gift items from around the pacific.

Ohana Sunrise In addition to the two Joyce Clark artcards we now have a selection of over 120 different greeting cards, many images by Maui artists and several by local Hana artists and photographers. Scenes include Koki Beach, the Hotel Hana lily pond, local Blue Pond, and various sites along the coast from Keanae to Kipahulu. Some of the most popular are the Hawaiian Keiki series by Mary Koski, Janet Steward and the sepia toned series by photographer Randy Braun. The O'Hana Sunrise taro mandala (right) by Jozef Smit is a popular Christmas card.

Our book selection features over 75 titles, from local travel hints to specialty books like the beautiful new LA`AU HAWAI`I, Traditional Hawaiian uses of Plants. Ever popular is Carl Linquist's immanently readable On The Hana Coast with photos of our local areas and special people. Local "Shave Ice Solomon" also has a popular book on the Hana Road experience. We feature a number of children books from counting in Hawaiian to children coloring books. For the historians, we have reprints of local unpublished manuscripts and letters offering insights to life in an early Hana.

If crafts are more to your liking, we do have a number of wonderful handmade gifts from around the pacific. Our tapa is from Tonga and Fiji though we still hope that someday we will be able to offer Hawaiian and local tapa. From time to time we offer locally made lauhala bracelets and other products. Recently popular is Hana artisan Pake Tolentino's "Tapa Angels" a perfect gift idea for the coming season.

Local artist Mia Parry's artwork of Hana scenes has been reproduced on excellent quality drinking mugs which are available individually or in sets of four. The gift store also offers a number of items for the quilter, from books to a unique assortment of popular Hana patterns collected years ago. There is a large pattern book from which these reproductions can be selected.

Completing the offerings are unique items like lei needles, bookmarks, jewelry, and reproductions of ceremonial bowls and polynesian deities.

Our purpose and goal is education and cultural preservation of the Hana district. The need for fundraising to meet this goal has not deminished since Joyce Clark's cards were first printed to help raise funds for building the museum in 1981. Our museum store is a wonderful resource that offers residents and visitors unique gifts as reminders of this area while providing support to help us meet our greater goals.