Capture the beauty of the Aina and its topography within these metal finish sculptures of all the major 8 Hawaiian islands. Each major Hawai’i island is captured with a detailed and handmade with great care one piece at a time.
They are hand finished, buffed, and waxed with a museum grade product which is manufactured in the UK or with a satin spray lacquer. Every island features this bonded metal finish on their edges and faces, however, the back of each island is black, and features a hand brushed finished.
All the Hawaiian island decor features detailed topography, and shows the lay of the land.
Our Hawaii wall art sets include all the main Hawaiian Islands including Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe.
(Last Photo: Copper, Bronze, Aluminum, and Iron Metal Finishes–Left to Right)
The information tabs within this listing cover a variety of topics such as how the artwork is made, where it can be hung, finishing options, current lead time, etc.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us anytime and you will recieve a prompt response.
- 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 to seal the surface and are back-filled with a high strength resin. Pictured is the museum wax option, however, a lacquer specifically made for metal is also offered for those wishing for a different 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.
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.
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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.
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 is long lasting and should require minimal to no maintenance if kept indoors away & away from salt spray or mist.
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.
Very high quality. Looks great in our Maui home.
Hi Josh, I meant to write to you sooner, to let you know that I received the island chain. It’s really beautiful, and I can’t wait to put it up on a wall, at my next house, wherever that may be. Thanks Again, Aloha, G
Excellent little replacement piece, thanks a ton!!!
Thanks so much!
The quality and description were great. However, I thought it would be bigger and heavier, and more substantial. I had seen it as a display in a store on Oahu, but it must have been $6000, if what I got was $1100.