This week, the Fairmont Orchid on Hawaii Island's Kohala Coast opened the Luana Lounge. While it takes more than a new bar or restaurant to find it's way into this newsletter, we want to spotlight this venture for one very good reason.
In creating Luana Lounge, the Orchid partnered with the Holualoa Foundation for Arts & Culture, and will display the work of local artists throughout the lounge. This is a genius way to give visitors to Hawaii (who might not otherwise venture to a local gallery or museum) a way to see works of art made by residents of Hawaii. The Holualoa Foundation strives to make the creation of art an accessible activity to any person (of any age) with an interest in art education.
The first quarterly exhibit at Luana Lounge will be prints created for the Holualoa Foundation's Donkey Mill Art Center. The collaboration stems from a relationship with master printer Hiroki Morinoue, who used wood block carvings and etchings to print the works. In the coming months, visitors and locals alike can expect to see works from: Archie Brennan, John Buck, David Curcio, Mark Kadota, Ken Little, Gerald Lucena, Susan Martin-Moffie, Jeremaih Nathan, Timothy Ojile, Mayumi Oda, Arthur Okamura, Jeera Rattanangkoon, Esther Shimazu, Phoebe Toland and Robynn Smith.
The lounge will host quarterly receptions to give artists and those interested in furthering the art community in Hawaii a chance to meet. Attendees will be invited to participate in hands-on educational experiences, and asked to focus on the theme of the quarter. Experienced artists will be encouraged to connect with burgeoning or "newbie" painters, sculptors, print makers, illustrators and so on.
The Luana Lounge itself is swath of modern dﾎcor with indoor-outdoor seating, a bar, and a spacious lanai that overlooks the resorts manicured grounds and Pacific Ocean. A new menu of local-inspired pupus and live Hawaiian music create the perfect ambiance for perpetuating creative endeavors.