Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery on the Big Island

By EmJay Han, photos by C.J. Kale and Mismo.

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In the heart of historic Kailua-Kona town, just past the Farmers’ Market and directly across from St. Michael’s Catholic Church, lies a delightful landmark called Waterfront Row.

This charming 2-level nautical complex is easily distinguished by its blue roof, a 50 foot lookout tower and a giant three-ton iron anchor located at its doorstep. Waterfront Row, with its rich heritage and maritime splendor, has been gracing the Kailua-Kona coastline along Alii Drive for over 20 years.  

Overlooking picturesque Kailua Bay (Oneo Bay) and the Kailua Pier, this rustic nautical treasure boasts some of the most awesome ocean views of crashing waves and breathtaking sunsets. Endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles find refuge and frolic about in a little lagoon right outside the back lanai.  

A quaint corner of the complex is reserved as a tribute to Kona’s Bill Fish Tournaments with the historic Granders Wall of Fame. Waterfront Row is considered by many a “must see” shopping and dining destination on the Big Island.

Perhaps the most famous of the shops at Waterfront Row is Wyland Gallery. Now known as Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery, the prestigious fine art gallery sits front-and-center right next to Bubba Gump restaurant.


For over 30 years Wyland Gallery has been a major presence in Hawaii.

Marine Life artist Wyland, is internationally known as the Marine Michelangelo and is most recognized for his 100 life size Whaling Wall Murals around the world. Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery has been a mainstay at Waterfront Row since 1993. In 2007, Wyland sold the gallery to his hometown friend Mark Hanna, who along with his wife Diane, owns and operates this celebrated establishment.

“It was a no-brainer for me” explains Mark. “I started my career as the Director of this gallery in 1997, and it was always a dream to one day own it. I was ecstatic when Wyland made me the offer to own the gallery and now it’s become a labor of love. We’re beautifully located right on the Ocean with Kailua Bay as our backdrop. Dreams do come true, and we help people make theirs come true every day.”

Escape from the ordinary and indulge in the tropical paradise of Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery. Wyland, along with a host of internationally acclaimed artists, will take you on an adventure of some of the most spectacular artwork from Hawaii and all around the world. Dive into Wyland’s fascinating world and discover amazing and affordable artwork for everyone.