Hawaiian Island Chain | Bonded Metal Finish

$175.00$950.00

The time tested brilliance of copper coupled with modern materials and elegance — featuring a bonded metal surface that depict the Hawaii islands in a brilliant and lightweight medium.
All eight major Hawaiian Islands are included. Hanging is simple due to the set’s lightweight composite nature along with included hanging hardware and template.

Each island features the metal finish on their edges and faces; however, the back of the islands are black, and have a hand brushed finish.

We offer a variety of sizes ranging from 24″ to 68″.
Please note the sizes and listed dimensions–we offer 4 distinct sizes!

Description

Capture the beauty of the Aina and it’s topography with bonded metal finish sculptures of all the major 8 Hawaiian islands.  The islands are captured within the brilliance of a bronze, copper, iron, or aluminum finish, given a thorough hand polishing, and finally a UK sourced museum grade wax is applied.  Each Hawaiian island features a bonded layer of metal on the face, and edges–the benefits of a beautiful metal finish without the cost & weight of foundry cast artwork at under 10LB (4.5kg) for an entire 68″ set.

(For additional information about the process/material please read this article here: Metal Hawaii Island Wall Art or click on the information tabs within this page)

(Copper, Bronze, Aluminum, & Iron. Left to Right. Third Listing Photo)


My island chains feature all the main Hawaiian Islands including Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe.

  • 24″ Island Chain (Miniature) Size: 24″x12″ (61×30.5cm)
    Big Island Span: 5.6” (14.2cm)
  • 36″ Island Chain Size: 36″X20″ (91.5x51cm)
    Big Island Span: 8.75″ (22.2cm)
  • 45″ Island Chain Size: 45″X24″ (114x61cm)
    Big Island Span: 10.75″ (27.3cm)
  • 68″ Island Chain Size: 68″x40″ (173x102cm)
    Big Island Span:18.2″ (46cm)

“Island Chain Size” is the size of the entire island chain in length and width.
If you were to take a Hawai’i state map with tight margins, unroll it, and hang it on your wall–that would be the size of your Hawaii wall art.

“Big Island Span” is the size of the Big Island.
If you took a tape measure to the Big Island this would be the greatest measurement you could find.


If desired hanging template(s) can be ordered for a modest amount for sizing purposes which includes hanging hardware, instructions, and the selected size(s) chosen.

The sculptures were made from a carved Koa Hawai’i island chain and feature similar detail.  They feature hand buffed museum grade wax finish on-top of the metal gel coat and are back-filled with a high strength resin.  Pictured is the museum wax option, however, a lacquer specifically made for artwork is also offered for those who want such a finish.


Every Hawaiian island chain includes hanging hardware, a template, and written instructions.
They are easily hung with typical screws or nails, and the islands will hang flush against your walls.
If a picture can be hung on your wall than an entire island chain can easily be hung on any wood or drywall.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and you will be responded to within 1-3 business days.


  1. T

    This carving is beautiful!! I ordered this as a gift and I’m so excited to give present this and hopefully remind my recipient of home. I also received excellent customer service and the packaging was very safe. Thank you!

  2. RJ

    Amazing piece and very high quality. Seller was very responsive and helpful with a tight turnaround time. Definitely recommend!!

  3. M

    I am absolutely in love with my Hawaiian Islands chain wall art! I couldn’t be happier with the amount of detail and the ease of hanging them. Thank you so much HamakuaWoodWorking!

  4. M

    oshua: Thank you so much. We received our island chain yesterday and it is up on the stucco wall and looks fantastic.

  5. R

    Beautiful as Advertised very easy to install with template provided

Metal Finish Process and Selection

Metal Finishes

Several options are offered for those who are interested in a modern yet time tested metal finish.
Such Hawaii Island Chains are created using modern materials which are manufactured in the USA and the end result is a bonded metal piece which boasts the benefits of a solid cast sculpture–without the weight, cost, or otherwise the burden of such an undertaking.
The surface is approximately 90% metal on the face and edges of the island; the backs of the islands are black, and an entire 68″ size island chain weighs under 12 pounds.

Metal finishes are in Copper, Bronze, Aluminum, & Iron–with additional available on request.

As with most artwork handmade there will be some variances in color, texture, and shine.

However, as one may notice there are numerous photos online of the island chains, and of course–the artist is more than willing to provide photos, and even material samples on request if desired.  Such variances result from the hand mixing of materials, the source of the raw materials, the amount of hand polishing each island receives, and how the patina is applied/removed if such an option is selected.

Hawaiian Island Chain | Bonded Metal Finish Hawaii Wood Art

Copper, Bronze, Aluminum, & Iron. Left to Right

Patina

Patina

For those who want a darker set or with additional age or organic look black medal oxide patina is offered.
This is a hand finishing process where patina is applied and partially removed with a light abrasive, therefore, every set is unique, and to a degree be customized for one’s needs.  A photo below shows a bronze Big Island without and with a light-medium patina.
The image before and after slider tool cannot be implemented within this page–if this is of interest please visit this link which features this interactive tool.

Hawaiian Island Chain | Bonded Metal Finish Hawaii Wood Art

Wax or Lacquer Finish

Wax or Lacquer?

The final step is that the Hawaii Island Chain requires a coating to preserve the set and bring out the colors of the metal finish.

  • Museum wax features a gentle glow with a light shine and has minimal surface build.
  • The potential downside with wax is you have only one sheen and some want a smoother surface or other such adjustments of lacquer.
  • Lacquer (not shown online) is offered in additional sheen options such as matte, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss.
  • The potential downside is lacquer is a finish which adds build to the surface and some may find it adds a “plastic” feeling to the piece.

Lead Time and Shipping

Lead Time & Fulfillment Information

Lead Time:

  • All orders are shipped within 4 weeks unless otherwise noted; as each piece is typically made to order and quality is emphasized over quantity. 

Fulfillment Information:

  • Without prior arrangements your order will ship following our current lead time and shipping method(s) shown below.
    • However, I do offer expedited shipping, and can streamline a “custom” order depending on my current workload:
      • Precise deadlines can be accurately met–a payment is taken with utmost respect and urgency.
      • We are able to use your choice of carrier but primarily work with UPS for all of our shipment needs.
      • Custom signage such as coordinates and names are offered.

Carriers & Shipping Methods

Shipping Within The USA:

  • All Hawaii island chain sets within the USA will by default be shipped
    VIA UPS Air Mail and require a signature for delivery.
  • UPS Air Mail
    • A reliable service which operates Monday through Friday. 
    • A signature is required for delivery due to the value and difficulty in crafting each piece of artwork. 
    • 3 delivery attempts will be made and customers are able to work with UPS to safely receive their artwork.
    • A physical address or private mailbox is required.
    • Without prior arrangements your order will ship following our current lead time.
  • Replacement hardware, templates, samples, and other articles will be shipped VIA USPS Priority Mail® with no signature required.
  • In the unlikely situation a package is damaged, lost, delayed, or stolen we will do our absolute best to ensure the situation is rectified.
    However, we are not responsible for carrier delays, security of your delivery locations, and unable to control how artwork is handled.
  • Our goal is your complete satisfaction and our success is determined through transparency.

Shipping To Canada:

  • UPS Standard Delivery
    • Cost minded and reliable.
  • UPS Worldwide Expedited® Shipping
    • Expeditious and reliable shipping.

Shipping To Everywhere Else:

  • USPS® Priority Mail
    • Cost minded and reliable service.
  • UPS Worldwide Expedited® Shipping
    • Expeditious and reliable shipping throughout the world. 

International Buyer Disclaimer

  • International Buyers – Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying.
  • In the unlikely situation a package is damaged, lost, delayed, or stolen we will do our absolute best to ensure the situation is rectified.
    However, we are not responsible for carrier delays, security of your delivery locations, and unable to control how artwork is handled.
    Our goal is your complete satisfaction and our success is determined through transparency.

Hanging Locations and Care

Wood Hawaii Island Artwork

Wood should always be hung indoors and not exposed to excessive or long terms spans of high humidity or temperature fluctuations due to the hygroscopic nature of such a natural material. With lacquer finish maintenance is not required or suggested; moreover, a burnished oil finish shouldn’t be waxed or recoated.

Bonded Metal Finish Hawaii Island Artwork

Metal finish island chains should be kept under cover and away from salt spray–as the wax finish may degrade and allow the bonded metal surface to oxidize.

Wax Finish

Wax finish is long lasting and should require minimal to no maintenance if kept indoors away & away from salt spray or mist.

Lacquer Finish

A lacquer finish will degrade slower, however, it is best advised to keep the piece under cover, and out of the elements such as deeply within the recesses of a covered patio or Lani.

Industrial Catalyzed Finish

Designed by a renowned sculpture and metal finish company this finish is resistant to even salt spray.
This coating takes significant labor to apply, requires additional precautions, and will add 2-3 weeks to the lead time along with a 15% to 30% additional cost.
The finish is only offered on request and additional information is show below.


Please Specify the Application in the Order Notes!

Regardless of your finish choice the hanging hardware can be upgraded so it is more corrosion resistant.
Moreover, if you’re unsure of which finish to purchase please feel free to contact us anytime and you will recieve a prompt response.

(No guarantee is offered or implied if a set is hung outside, however, additional finish options, and a maintenance schedule is offered on request)

Can I hang your artwork outside under cover?

For an outdoor covered patio or Lani I would recommend a metal finish set as they are relatively inert and will better handle temperature & humidity compared to my wood artwork. Strong wind, constant direct sunlight, and salt spray are other considerations to take into account.
The islands have a resin core and a bonded metal finish on their faces & edges–the surface is sealed with either wax, lacquer, or an industrial catalyzed finish (on request) to prevent oxidization.
All considered the composite/bonded metal surface looks like metal since it’s mostly metal with a binder and therefore once the finish starts to degrade the surface may start to patina/oxidize
If you’re in an environment with no salt spray, relatively dry, and minimal sun/rain exposure then the wax finish should serve you well for a few years with the islands eventually requiring more wax.
However, if there’s some exposure or moisture then a lacquer finish is a consideration and would fair better.

What about salt spray or significant exposure?

In the case of significant exposure and/or salt spray a two part catalyzed finished is highly recommended.
The website shows pricing for both the wax finish and lacquer, however, due to the inherent difficulty in sourcing and applying the two part catalyzed finish there is an additional 15%-30% charge for this process.

How does wax compare to a lacquer or an industrial finish?

If you change from a wax finish to a film based finish it will result in a thicker coating–so more shine will result and the surface will look less “raw” in appearance.

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