Hula is a large
part of the Hawaiian
community, and artist Kim Taylor
Reece has magically captured the beauty of its presence. Take
discover Kim’s photography and it will be hard not to fall in love
yourself! Hidden in the quiet east side of the North Shore of
you’ll find the Kim
Gallery along the beautiful coastline.
has been working with hula
dancers for over 35 years now. He
was part of a
that started in the late 1970’s in the Hawaiian culture and the
practice of hula.
Hawaiian Halaus (hula schools) started practicing an ancient style of dance known as Hula Kahiko. This style was used to pass down the history of the Hawaiian people from one generation to another.
Kim’s photography captures this unique art form in sepia film, to reflect the essence of it as it practiced for hundreds of years.
Most visitors travel across the North
exploring everything it has to offer. Rounding the easterly
past the shrimp farms and Polynesian Cultural Center, you may pass right by the Kim
Gallery if you’re not looking for it. So make
sure to slow
down when you reach the Sacred Falls area, or you will simply miss it
or get into a car accident trying to quickly pull over!
Kick off your shoes at the door and step into a captivating world. You’ll immediately be greeted by stunning mural size photographs located in the front room.
The only thing more mesmerizing than these art works are the vast ocean views through the surrounding bay windows.
The gallery is full of Kim's captivating photographs, creative pieces, and Hawaiian artifacts throughout.
Make sure to wonder upstairs and explore the second floor! A
Terracotta Warrior awaits you along with many more captivating
photographs. Also take time to gaze outside on the lanai and
in the view. I could spend all day up there if I could!
Kim has created some really cool products from his artwork,
including his very popular hula dancer sculptures, stylish lamps, wine
stoppers and other fun creations.
Kim has recently partnered up with Kohana Rum a Honolulu based Spirits Company that produces some of Hawaii’s best rum! Together they have created some unique product both light and dark based.
The Kohana Rum product has quickly become very popular and in short supply. With only 12 acres of sugar cane currently planted to product the rum, you can imagine how fast it goes once available.
The limited Kim Taylor Reece etched bottles are in even
supply and currently sold out! Kohana Rum Co has plans to
than double the size of its production…but we’ll have to wait.
You will need to either cut across the North Shore and down
could take you about 90 minutes), or drive across the Likikiki Hwy to
the Windward side, and up towards the North Shore (60 minutes).
Mon - Wed 12pm to 5pm or by appointment
Phone (808) 293-2000
Check out more: www.hulahulaplace.com
The Kim Taylor Reece Gallery is not only in a remote part of
North Shore that
takes time to get to, but is only open limited hours and days of the
Consider starting your North
Shore adventure here at the gallery,
before continuing on towards Haleiwa. Not only do you get to
start off exploring in a remote part of the island, but you’ll be
traveling in a reverse commute, and avoiding the heavy traffic that
build up quickly on the other end of the North Shore.
Along with the Kim Taylor Reece Gallery, this Oahu attraction is also
not to be missed! The Polynesian Cultural Center opened its
to the public back in 1964, and has been growing ever since.
Today there are entertaining shows, luaus, and engaging
that promote and educated in the different Polynesian cultural
regions. They also just open up an expansive Hukilau
that features 40 new shops and restaurants.
One of the tallest and most
beautiful waterfalls on the island!
Unfortunately this treasure is located deep in an unstable narrow
canyon, and the trail has been closed to hikers for years.
Sacred Falls can still be viewed through arranged helicopter tours.
Some say that a trip to the North
Shore is not complete until you’ve
had a shave ice, while others say the garlic shrimp trucks are a
must! Save your appetite until you reach Kahuku, where the
farms are located. You’ll find Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp, Romy’s
Kahuku Shrimp & Prawns, and Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck out there
waiting for you with lots of garlic shrimp.