About Creative Ohana
Creative Ohana came out of the concept that we feel that locally made products and supporting the individual artist is important. We wanted to have a space that a group of artists could share and that they could work together to sell and promote artists of Kauai. The difference between us and the typical gallery is that the artists have a chance to try different products to see how they do as well as be able to reap more of the benefits of selling their own products without a middle man.
To be able to keep this place running we would not be able to do it without the amazing co-op members, everyone brings something different to the co-op and we work together to accomplish our goal of supporting local art.
To become an artist, contact Jenni or Jeremy to schedule an appointment or they are in most Friday afternoon and Saturdays.
Meet the Team
Creative Ohana is just as the name suggests, we are a creative family providing locally made products.
Artist and Owner
Jenni’s career is conservation and her heart is with promoting local products. She is passionate about all thing Hawaii and sees value in many different things which is showcased in her art. She will use leftover material or otherwise unusable pieces from Jeremy’s projects to make art. She does Jewelry, paintings and small things like bookmarks.
Woodworker and co-owner
Jeremy is a woodworker who comes from a line of carpenters and foresters and has a passion for trees and finely crafted furniture. His background is in construction and landscaping and he is the owner of his own wood working business; Kauai Forest to Function. KFF is committed to showcasing and producing items that feature and enhance the natural beauty of wood grown in Hawaii and strives to find uses for Hawaii’s abundant supply of forest products. Jeremy has his own sawmills and mills sustainably harvested and urban landscape hazardous trees. Focusing on marketing forest products and maintaining a network with woodworkers and wood enthusiasts around the island is his priority.
Kauai Adventure Photo - Writer and Photographer
Melissa is a writer and photographer on Kauai, Hawaii. She specializes in ocean photography and loves to take people out on the water for unique family portraits.
An avid outdoorswoman, she enjoys outrigger paddling—both one-man and six-man—SUP, running, surfing, sailing, and scuba diving, as well as yoga. She is always up for adventure and loves doing things that scare her a little.
5% of all sales always goes to the Kauai Surfrider Foundation and she is a member of Kauai Made.
Find more of her work at Hawaii Ocean Photography and Wander with Melissa.
All of Greg's work is inspired, painted, and printed on Kauai, which provides endless views and fascinating subjects. Working outdoors as well as in the gallery, his watercolor paintings capture the essence of the islands in deep, delicate and saturated color.
Prior to moving to Kauai in 2011, Amanda was proprietor of downtown Seattle boutique, La Rousse. Sticking with the red theme, she thought the Hawaiian word for “red” worked for her line of custom-made goods and carefully curated vintage treasures, Ula Ula.
Ula Ula designs are inspired by different color, print and texture combinations. By using vintage materials, Ula Ula creations are almost always one-of-a-kind.
Susan's American Indian background and her love of the written word prompted her to write the two books offered in our shop. Look for From Manhattan to Hollywood: The Stories of Chief White Eagle and Stained Glass Windows: Journeying to my Roots in the gallery.
Sewing and Crafts
San makes fun and functional items, including stuffed animals, yoga props, aprons, bags, coasters and book worms. Her items are Kauai made and she tries to incorporate as much natural and recycled material as possible. She crafts with aloha.
Jewelry and Watercolor
Christine of Spirit Stone Arts uses silver, gold-filled, and copper wire to capture gemstones, shells, and pearls. Wire sculpting and hand forging are the hallmarks of her original, one-of-a-kind, wearable art. Christine's work is inspired by the beauty of Kauai.
Quilting and Sewing
I have loved to make things all my life. For the last 30 years I have been part of craft fairs with my husband and children. A few years ago I started quilting and have enjoyed giving them to loved ones. In the past year I began sewing scarves and bags and incorporating fabrics that I love.
Our journey to this island began in 2010 from New Hampshire, where I obtained my BS is Psychology. At the time, my husband was a traveling ER nurse and we began our great adventure on Maui, then the Big Island and now home on Kauai. I am a stay-at-home mom of four wonderful children and a proud wife. I began making jewelry in 2006 when I left my community based social work job to open a jewelry shop that consisted of classes and making your own jewelry. Creating is a passion I treasure and also my why of maintaining my sanity in the hectic world of raising four children. I am new to Creative Ohana and look forward to sharing my "Whimsical Wonders" with others.
Painting and Jewelry
Silvina M. Rubinstein was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she started painting at a very young age, exhibiting in Buenos Aires and winning several awards. She moved to California in 1976 and participated in exhibits at the Pico Rivera Center for the Arts. She has been a Kalaheo resident since 2014, with her art pieces on exhibit at Creative Ohana. She is a member of the Kauai Society of Artists.
Silvina’s art is about human emotions, discoveries and transformations. Silvina designs and makes unique pieces of jewelry using gems, clay, coral, pearls and metal and small items from her travels.
We can hear Silvina say, “When I paint, I paint. I only hear my inner sounds and profound waves of beauty. I play with colors, composition and movement like dancing. Each one of my pieces of jewelry is a journey of creativity, an exploration of my curiosity, a dance with color and texture, and joy for others to cherish and share with the world.”
Her artwork is signed as Ize.
Recycled Jewelry and Art
Tons of discarded plastic end up in our landfills and oceans every day, polluting our environment and killing our wildlife. Endangered sea birds, turtles, fish, seals and even whales have been found with bellyfuls of undigestible plastic. When left alone, plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose! So what can we do? Reduce, reuse, recycle, and remake all that plastic into beautiful new creations we can treasure! I use beverage and food containers, shampoo and conditioner bottles, as well as packaging plastic, wine corks, and old magazines to create Trashion (trash + fashion) pieces of jewelry and wine charms. All pieces are handmade on Kauai.
Tom specializes in handmade, functional, one of a kind, ceramic tableware and decorative tabletop art. He started working in clay in 1965 when he was 14, attending classes with a talented Korean potter at the Richmond Art Center in California, then finishing his academic training with a BA in Art from California State University, East Bay. He was a member of the Hawaii Potter’s Guild in Honolulu, Oahu from 2009 to 2017, and currently lives in Kapa’a, Kauai.
You can find more of Tom's work at http://www.studiogibson.net.
More artists to come...
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