18 YEARS OF ADVENTURE, SAILING AND COLLECTING ART
FIREBIRD, OUR 84' PALMER JOHNSON KETCH
COMPADRE, OUR 55' CUTTER RIGGED SLOOP
THE SECOND CHAPTER OF OUR VOYAGING
100,000 MILES OF CRUISING IN SOME OF THE REMOTEST ISLANDS OF THE WORLD
Havaiki Art Gallery is a small family-owned business located in the beautiful town of Hanalei on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. We have been in business for 14 years and represent over 400 artists from the island nations of the Pacific Ocean. We chose Havaiki as our name because it is the legendary mystical homeland of the Polynesian people.
In 2002, aboard our 84’ ketch Firebird, we set off on a voyage from the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean to places unknown, with no plan to return any time soon. Our first landfall was the San Blas Islands of Panama. We transited the Panama Canal and cruised through Costa Rica, Galapagos, Marquesas, Tuamotus, Tahiti, Society Islands, Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Papua, and a good part of Indonesia to Bali. We then returned through Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to Sydney, Australia.
We sold Firebird in Australia and in 2009 purchased Compadre, a 55’ sloop, in California, and set off on another voyage to the Marquesas and then continued cruising through the same area as Firebird, spending several years in the 900 island archipelago of the Solomon Islands.
In the small villages untouched by the Western world we began our collecting. Everything we acquired is unique and hand made. The voyage changed our lives. We have become passionate about this genre of artwork, and hope that it will inspire others.
There are three of us. Jim and Vicki lived in the Virgin Islands for many years. We were in the hotel, restaurant and yacht charter business, and cruised all the islands of the Caribbean for over 30 years. Dylan grew up in South Africa and began his life as a water man at the age of 8, when he became a member of Lifesaving South Africa. He was involved with lifeguarding as well as teaching water safety and participating in water emergency rescue. He graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a degree in Landscape Technology and Architecture. Our meeting each other in June of 2002 was pure serendipity, and it started an 18-year partnership.
The result is our Hanalei, Hawaii, based gallery that is like no other in the world. Our customers consider it very much like a museum because we tell the stories of each piece and the place it came from. Our website now offers everyone a chance to browse through our one of a kind pieces of art. Welcome!