Artist in Residence Program of Holualoa

General info

Nestled in the artist’s village of Holualoa on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Artist Residency program offers regional, national, and international artists a chance to develop their work in a beautiful and inspirational town devoted to the arts. Our program is designed to give creatives of all disciplines the time, space, and community they need to pursue new projects and ideas free from everyday distractions. Residencies are ideal for creatives who want to create new works, research new ideas, or gain new inspiration for experimentation. Artists are invited to apply for residency durations of 10 days to 3 weeks.

Housed in the historical structure of Kona Hotel, this gem of Holualoa town was built in 1926. Furnished rooms are on the second story with the addition of desks or an easel based on the artists needs during their stay. The Hotel is still a functional hotel with guests year round as well as some commercial tenants. The Artist in Residency Program is a scholarship program awarded to applying artists by a community committee of artists. In collaboration with A Work of Art Gallery and Showroom run by Kira Kamamalu, artists will have the opportunity to teach, work and hold an exhibition during their stay. For artists that would like to come to the Kona Hotel and have a space to work and live, but are not part of the scholarship program, this is our ‘paid residency’ program. Paying artists are also invited to have exhibition and teaching opportunities as well.

This residency is just kicking off and is looking to accept artists of all mediums and platforms as long as we are able to provide specific needs. The needs of the individual artist will be discussed during the first phone interview.


As a paying artist, price is $65 per night and is inclusive of cleaning fees.

For scholarship award artists, all inclusive, no cost.
Shared Bathroom for Women, Shared Bathroom for Men
Towels, Shampoo and Body Wash are provided.
No on site laundry facilities

Microwave, small apartment fridge and coffee maker provided.
No smoking

Roadside view of the Hotel: 


View of Kailua-Kona Town: 

The lobby:


The neighborhood

Quaint historcial artist village. Relaxing atmosphere.

Within walking distance is a small grocery and liquor store, a coffee shop, a farm to fork restaurant and a post office.

Street View heading south: 

street view heading north:

Getting around

There is no public transit, but many guests use Uber to get to and from the main town of Kailua-Kona. A rental car is recommended and a parking space is provided for residency guests.

Logistics INFO:

Holualoa has a rich history of coffee farming, art galleries, general agriculture and Hawaiian crafts

Holualoa village association website:

Holualao Tourism Website:

Exhibition Opportunities

On the ground level of the Kona Hotel is ‘A Work of Art’ Studio and showroom. Artists who wish to hold an exhibition will have the ability to show in this gallery space that is shared by Kira Kamamalu (Painter)  and Barbara Hanson (Polymer Clay Artist). This gallery also hosts new artists every First Friday Art after Dark when the whole town becomes an art stroll. If a residency artist’s visit overlaps this event, it’s a wonderful time to get to know the local art community.










Application info: 

To apply for a scholarship residency or a paid residency at the Kona Hotel, please submit the following to

*Current artist CV

*Samples of work in jpeg format (8 max)

*Residency Project Proposal (what work or project would be going on while at the residency)

* If open to teaching, please describe your class, workshop or salon ideas that would contribute to our Holualoa art community. Please include any details on needs, supplies, and cost.