Our gallery, Maui Hands, has been supporting local artists here for 23 years. Our clientele is made up of tourists as well as local customers who appreciate handmade local goods. Recently at our Makawao location, we commissioned a local artist to create a beautiful bench for our parking lot that the entire community could enjoy. Every day, someone would enjoy the bench–sitting, taking time for a quick bite to eat or having some time to rest in the shade. But on one recent evening, after business hours, someone took the bench from our parking lot. We can understand the temptation and perhaps the reason the bench might have been taken, but the bench is our property and we’d like it returned.
Illustration by Ron Pitts