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Maui's largest landowner, A&B was one of the "Big Five" companies that spearheaded the planting, harvesting, and processing of sugarcane. At this museum, historic photos, artifacts, and documents explain the introduction of sugarcane to Hawaii. Exhibits reveal how plantations brought in laborers from other countries, forever changing the Islands' ethnic mix. Although Hawaiian cane sugar is now being supplanted by cheaper foreign versions—as well as by sugar derived from inexpensive sugar beets—the crop was for many years the mainstay of the local economy. You can find the museum in a small, restored plantation manager's house across the street from the post office and the still-operating sugar refinery, where smoke billows up when cane is being processed. www.sugarmuseum.com. COST: $7. OPEN: Daily 9:30--4:30; last admission at 4.
Robert Wyland is a globally celebrated artist known for his gigantic murals of whales, dolphins, and other marine life. Enjoy his artwork—along with some from other fine artists—at his namesake gallery in Lahaina. www.wyland.com.
This gallery houses the landscape paintings of popular local artists Betty Hay Freeland, George Allan, Joseph Fletcher, Pamela Andelin, Fred KenKnight, and Macario Pascual. There's a second location in Kapalua at the Ritz-Carlton. www.villagegalleriesmaui.com..
Maui's only fine-arts co-op offers eclectic paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and glass, along with locally made jewelry and quilts. In a courtyard across from Market Fresh Bistro, its monthly exhibits feature artists from various disciplines. www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com.
Watercolor enthusiasts rave about Sherri Reeve's pastel expressions of the island's flora and fauna. Her sculpted works are sublime and origami-like. www.sreeve.com.
Local favorites, Randy Jay Braun's black-and-white hula photographs, sepia paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) images, and vivid landscapes are instant classics. His gallery features a slew of his own work, along with koa wood furniture, fused-glass collectibles, shell jewelry, and ceramics from local artists. www.randyjaybraun.com.
This gallery shows work by hundreds of local artists, including exquisite woodwork, lovely ceramics, authentic Niihau shell lei, and famous wave photography by Clark Little. There are locations in Lahaina and Makawao and at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali. www.mauihands.com.
Set in an old plantation building alongside the highway, the Maui Craft Guild is crammed with treasures that make it one of the island's more interesting galleries. Resident artists craft everything in the store, from lead-glazed pottery to basketry to original sculpture. The prices are surprisingly low. www.mauicraftsguild.com.
In business since 1975, Martin Lawrence displays the works of such world-renowned artists as Picasso, Erté, and Chagall in a bright and friendly gallery. Modern and pop-art enthusiasts will also find pieces by Miró, Haring, Warhol, and Japanese icon Takashi Murakami. www.martinlawrence.com.
Hawaii's largest selection of original antique maps and prints pertaining to Hawaii and the Pacific is available here. You can also buy museum-quality reproductions. www.printsellers.com..
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