Since arriving on Maui 46 years ago, George Allan has helped to influence the formation
and development of the art scene on the island. He was President of the Lahaina Arts
Society when it brought cultural exhibits from the Honolulu Academy of Arts to the main
gallery at the Lahaina Court House, and also presented art films to the neophyte art
community in Lahaina from 1975-1979.
In 1979, he and friends planned and presented the first Art Maui juried exhibit at the
Cameron Center in Wailuku. After 41 years, Art Maui is now one of the most prestigious
and respected juried art exhibits in the State of Hawai’i, presented yearly in March or
April at the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.
In 1983 George was a featured artist in the “Spectrum” arts series on PBS in Hawai’i and on the mainland. His segment certainly highlighted the town of Lahaina and its growing art popularity and significance.
George was on the Boards of the Kapalua Music Festival and Hui No’eau Visual Arts
Center in Makawao for many years. Hui No’eau is now Maui’s premier center for arts
education and contemporary art exhibits.
George was accepted into five of the annual juried “Artists of Hawai’i” exhibits at the Honolulu
Academy of Arts (now Honolulu Museum of Art} and other Honolulu shows of the Contemporary Museum in the 1980’s
Juried by Jean Stern, Director of the Irvine Museum, George’s painting, “Lahaina Dock,”
was awarded “Best of Show” at the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational in February,
2010 in Lahaina. He was invited to participate in this popular event every year since
its inception, winning the Irvine Museum Award in 2008 and the Whole Foods Award in 2014.
His work is in the collections of the State of Hawai’i, the City & County of Honolulu, the
County of Maui and national corporate collections. He was awarded the commission to
paint 100 paintings for the lobby of the Castle Theater of the Maui Arts & Cultural
Center. There are 9 of his paintings in the collection of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 2 at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa, 4 at Napili Kai Beach Resort and two at First Hawaiian Bank, Kahului.
Available recent Allan paintings can be found at the Village Galleries in Lahaina
& Kapalua: www.villagegalleriesmaui.com
and at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao: www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com.
The George Allan Studio may be visited by appointment only 2811 Liholani St. #5, Pukalani. Phone 808-878-3907. His website is at