Hot Island Glass

Hot Island Glass: See Glassblowing Right Before Your Eyes
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Hot Island Glass is a family-owned business and a working art center and museum complete with artist studios, a glassblowing gallery, and a gift shop. The artists create one-of-a-kind beautiful art glass pieces from the molten glass right before your eyes for an entertaining and unique experience for the whole family. 

- The Local Expert Team

If you are looking for an interactive cultural enhancing experience while you are visiting in Maui, then add Hot Island Glass to your list of things to do on your Hawaii vacation list. When a talented artist turns a creative passion into a thriving business magical things can happen, especially in Hawaii. Why? Because there is beautiful inspiration everywhere you look. That’s exactly what Hot Island Glass on Baldwin Ave, Makawao is all about. This family-owned business is a working art center and museum complete with artist studios, a glassblowing gallery, and a gift shop. The artists here have been creating one-of-a-kind beautiful pieces from molten glass since 1992 and are ready to share their craft with you. The owner Chris Richards made his first piece of art glass when he was only eight years old and was hooked. Today, he shares his love for his craft with everyone who visits Hot Island Glass. As a matter of fact, his original pieces are found throughout the world in galleries, fine art museums, and private collections. One of his masterpieces could be yours, too.

Picture walking into a charming artsy museum-type shop. Everywhere you look is the most vibrant, colorful, and mesmerizing glass art you’ve ever seen. Decorative sculptures, vases, bowls, plates, seashells, and lighting pendants, of every size and shape, beautifully decorate and fill the studio. Entrancing light-reflecting art glass hangs from the ceiling, lines the walls, and gracefully fills the floor. There is also the coolest and most unique art glass jewelry that is wearable art. Many of the designs celebrate the artist’s love and aloha for the Island. Pieces inspired by dolphins, jellyfish, sea turtles, ocean waves, mermaids, and coral that fill the ocean, pineapples, and flowers like orchids and flora that abundantly grow on the Island. No two art glass pieces are alike. Each one is unique, a fabulous original work of art.

Plus there are artists working right in front of your eyes, showing off their creativity and talent. Simply ask them and they will create an original just for you while you enjoy a coffee or beverage at their viewing counter. If you time your visit just right, you might have the opportunity to get a one-of-a-kind souvenir or gift for someone back home at 50 percent off! 

You will see firsthand the furnaces glowing bright orange and the talented glass-blowing experts crafting art glass. It’s almost like they are dancing with the special tools and fire that sculpts and designs the art. It’s fascinating and mesmerizing at the same time. The artists will spend time explaining their craft to you making you appreciate and respect their talent even more. There is simply something for everyone to enjoy at Hot Island Glass. It’s an experience that is different every single time you visit. It’s so extraordinary that many vacationers visit more than once and love it more the more they go. 

Insider Tips:
-Hot Island Glass offers free admission to see live glass blowing.
-They will carefully pack and ship your art glass purchase to you.
-Like and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to view their gorgeous creations, learn about the studio and get the latest sale updates.