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As a cooperative gallery, members volunteer to staff the store. The gallery would not exist without the commitment and dedication these artists provide. We are grateful of the time they devote to the daily maintenance and operation of Gallery Haiku.


Mokoli'i Island (Chinaman's Hat) oil painting by Lalina
Oils of Hawaiiana Collection by Lalina


Louise Alina: The beauty of Hawaii through the artistry of a "Lalina" work of art is a special addition to anyone's collection. With little formal training, this talented painter captures both the smoothness of the brush as well as the translucency of watercolor with a palette knife. She works exclusively in oils.

Born and raised on the windward side of Oahu, her scenes of Hawaii are authentic. Some are from her memories but most are done on location. Many of the scenes in her portfolio are special commissions ordered so that someone can enjoy a beautiful remembrance of a favorite Hawaiian place.


Mynas and Mangoes acrylic painting by Gary Kato
Acrylic by Gary Kato


Gary Kato: Gary was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1949. He received his education here in the islands, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaii.

Gary has been active in the local cartooning scene. Over the years, he has done caricatures and illustrations for various local projects and publications. Most recently, he illustrated a children's book, The Menehune of Naupaka Village. Nationally, his artwork has appeared in such varied comic book titles as Thunder-bunny, Mr. Jigsaw, The Original Streetfighter, Ms. Tree and Elfquest Bedtime Stories. He has also been a contributor to the Children's Television Workshop magazines Kid City and 3-2-1 Contact.

Gary's fine art paintings hang in many private collections. For these paintings, Gary works primarily in acrylics on linen canvas, seeking to capture the many moods of the Hawaiian landscape, both in its grandeur and its intimacy.


Koi: They Call Him Flipper photograph by Estelle Nakano
Photograph by Estelle Nakano


Estelle Nakano: Estelle grew up in Paris, France. She graduated with a master's degree from La Sorbonne in Paris before moving to Hawaii to be with her husband, Dennis.

Estelle spent two years at Oahu's Windward Community College where she focused her energies on art and photography. She maintained a 4.0 average and has had a number of her artwork published.

Her uncompromising commitment to her art and experiences on different corners of the world have contributed to her uncanny sense and eye for art and photography of real work subjects.



Makuahine mea Keiki by Sheree Pokipala
Collage/Acrylic by Sheree Pokipala


Sheree Pokipala: Sheree is a native Hawaiian who was born on the Big Island in Kohala.

As a child she has lived in Europe and many parts of the United States. She now lives on the Windward side of Oahu. While she has lived in different places, no place has given her more inspiration than the place of her roots.

She is a self-taught artist but has had many mentors in her life. Fellow artist, family and friends have encouraged and contributed to her being an artist.

She works with watercolors, acrylics and collage.


Photograph of Island Gourd by Ardee
Island Gourd by Ardee


Ardee: Ardee's been fascinated by gourds since 2003. After looking at a red-painted birdhouse in a book her auntie Ria had sent, without any experience in carving, painting or even drawing, she just had to get a gourd, picked up the tools she had and just like that, she was addicted! Nobody had warned me!

Gourd's are a beautiful gift from nature. It takes about six months to grow and six more months to cure them. They have been an important part of history of many cultures throughout the world and still play an important role in the Hawaiiian culture. They're used widely in the hula dance and traditional chants.

Ardee has a high respect for gourds. They're beautiful as they are and when working with them, I try hard to preserve the beauty of their natural shapes, textures, unique characters and imperfections by designing them accordingly. The last thing I want to do is take away from the gourd's natural beauty.

The beautiful tropical flowers, leaves and the gentlest creature, the giant green sea turtles here on the islands, give her inspiration for the designs. Most of her work is carved or wood-burned, some cut-out. Each design is original and freehand, sketched one at a time.
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