Modeled after the distinctive hula-girl lamps made in the 1920s through the 1940s, these impressive bronze lamps are the ... More
Hula Lamps of Hawaii
Modeled after the distinctive hula-girl lamps made in the 1920s through the 1940s, these impressive bronze lamps are the perfect combination of kitsch and art. A bronze woman stands on her toes atop a stand, hands to her sides and a painted lampshade on top of her head. But the superior craftsmanship that goes into these works makes them more than a silly souvenir. They look like something that could have been found in Hilo Hattie's about 50 years ago. Other designs incorporate surfers, ukuleles, palm trees and other classic images from Hawaiian pop culture.
We bought a Hula Lamp and just love it!! The young man who runs the shop is great (must be the same one a the first poster). We bought one of the "marked down" versions that had a few flaws (you would never know) but it still comes with a certificate and is numbered. It is funky but in a good way, very antique and classy looking...really.
We are thrilled with it. Very fun to go in there and there is no pressure to buy anything. So glad I bought this lamp!!
If you enjoy shopping and appreciate Hawaiiana this shop creates quite possibly the most amazing collectable. The Artist Charles Moore casts reccreation and original designs of the old hulalamps from the 1940's. Instead of some cheap souvineer he makes these in actual bronze. These are truly fine artwork. Not cheap however! You need to have a fair amount of expendable income to afford these, but I think that's the point. These are the souvineers of those who can afford the good stuff. This stuff is totally over the top. One young gentleman who runs the shop is very knowledgeable and friendly not to mention not bad looking. He is happy to explain how each lamp is made. It is truly unbelievable what goes in to making these lamps. It is a must if you are visiting the Big Island that you visit this shop. I saw one of their lamps at the Four Season's Hualalai bar and knew I needed to have one. I actually ended up going home with two! If you are looking for something totally unique and love the islands you'll have a tough time leaving this shop without one of these gorgeous lamps.
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