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Thursday, December 16, 2010

We are honored to display the Koa boxes by Robert Grundman

We are so pleased to re-introduce one of our favorite artists back to our gallery. Robert Grundman is a master in wood joinery and marquetry (wood inlay). Combine that with his selection of amazing curly Koa and these boxes are a sight to behold. Found exclusively at Red Koi collection.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Kimono Bags

Just in new Kimono bags for the holidays. Vintage kimono and obi fabric hand crafted and uniquely designed.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Koa Ikebana

We just received 6 Koa Ikebana and 14 new Koa boxes from Hawaii's premier wood crafter Roy Tsumoto. His workmanship and Koa specimens are the best available.  These pieces will not last long.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Another Fantastic Painting from Jim Ingham

Here is one of the newest paintings by Jim Ingam, "At Anchor in Hanalei."  It is 8"x10" and framed in a contemporary black frame.  For more information follow the link;  click Paintings and then Jim Ingham

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Heavenly Koa!

Oh to imagine sitting on my Lanai, feeling the cool trade winds on my cheek, reading a favorite book and being lulled to sleep in my family rocking chair. I remember being 6 years old and staying with my grandparents in East Sullivan, Maine. They had a rocking chair next to the fireplace with a fire engine red seat cushion. In that chair I was royalty, King of any made up country I could imagine. This is the same feeling I get when I sit on this handmade solid Koa rocking chair pictured here. Feelings of times gone by and dreams of new adventures. Did I mention we can ship anywhere in the world? Enjoy!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hawaiian Fish Hooks

We keep growing and here is another Hawaii artist born right here in Koloa, Dewey Medeiros. The hooks are beautifully done with a lot of thought and time put into them. They are a combination of exotic wood (koa) and mammoth ivory and start at $229. Other styles are available on request.

Monday, August 23, 2010

New artist Jim Ingham

We are proud to announce a new artist, Jim Ingham of Kauai. Not only are his paintings just wonderful he is also one of Kauai's finest, protecting us as a Lifeguard. This original oil is titled, "Hanalei Bay Afternoon" and is 11"x16". For more info please call 808-742-2778.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Marty Wessler Painting

"Nagashi Home". 12x16 original oil. Named after the last family to live in the from the sugar camp days.

Friday, July 2, 2010


What's in a name?  We are changing our name from Red Bamboo Collection to Red Koi Collection. Japanese meanings include perseverance and strength.  In China, it is believed that if the koi succeeded in climbing to "Dragon Gate" on the Yellow River, the koi will be transformed into dragons. Due to this Chinese legend, koi are considered a symbol of advancement and aspiration.

I'll post up a new picture of the sign soon.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Martin Wessler Giclees

Martin Wessler Giclees found exclusively at Red Bamboo Collection.
Original paintings coming in soon. Please take the time and visit his
website at;

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Garden Ponds by Ken Bernard

I have to say that a Garden Pond created by Ken may be the best investments I've made for the gallery.  I showed Ken my blog and he went about looking for and dreaming about the best bowl for our space.  Our bowl has the most beautiful vertical lines and patina.  It came from a factory in China that has been making bowls for over 800 years.  A lot of bowls that you might find in a museum exhibit may include this companies bowls.  Did Ken pick the best bowl for us?  Yes he did!

Just so you know, our water garden is maintenance free, just add water.  It has an underwater world of plants, snails and fish.  In fact it is a natural mosquito trap, any mosquito's that think they can lay eggs around here are going to be very disappointed once my 5 little fish get a hold of them.

You may be able to read my enthusiasm in this blog, and it would be true because I just got done putting both hands in my fountain, closing my eyes, breathing deeply and "feeling" the energy of aliveness growing in my pond.  If I can't get back in the ocean all the time at least I can "dive" into the waters of my garden pond.
Now we need to get more of these ponds at some of the other wonderful stores and restaurants at Kukui`ula Shopping Village.

Check out;
Ken Bernard
Garden Ponds Nursery
5-2719 Kuhio Hwy #101
Kilauea at Banana Joe's
(808) 828-6400

Norfolk Pine Bowl

We just got in two new wood bowls from one of our artists. Simply

Monday, April 12, 2010

Gallery by night

Our new address

Aloha! Here is our new address;
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka
Ste. G-143, Box 40
Koloa, HI 96756
(808) 742-2778

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Now two weeks have passed and in those two weeks, we moved our
warehouse on Thursday, March 25th, The Country Store completely out AND cleaned on
Friday, the 26th. That week we finished cases, layout and merchandise
and opened the following Friday - Good Friday, April 2nd. We thought
it would be a better time to open than April Fools day. So here are
some pics of the almost finished Red Bamboo Collection in under 45 days.

Mahogany Picture Walls

Gold cases

Ok so I'm really behind in the blog. Here are the cases that we
finally finished. They started out dark mahogany.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Quick Layout

Bad picture, but here is one of our layouts that we worked on about 2 months ago.  Both sides of the store are pretty much still the same though the middle is changing somewhat, but the display merchandising is an evolving art and our style is to create it in the moment.  Lisa works best when she's in the space and telling me what to move and where.  Very much like our personal life too. ;)  Sorry for the poor photo quality.

More Furniture

The fun part is going to be blending all of the different styles of furniture into a "feel".  I think we can do it with all of the beautiful pieces that we have.  The koa cases cleanup really nicely, two days of work but worth it.  The large square cases have their first coat of gold paint and today I'll put on two more coats.  In the photo with the Asian screens is our wrap desk.  The last image of the large black case with gold accents will be where we display most of our ceramic vessels; Wishkeepers.

Oh and by the way, I have been living on straight coffee for the last couple of weeks.  Living Foods makes the best Americano and their sticky buns, coconut macaroons, and chocolate chip cookies are some of the best that I have ever tasted.  The coconut macaroons taste almost as good as my late Gramma Dolly's and it takes me back to when I was 10 years old, spending my summer months up in Maine.  She would let me pilot our little boat around Flander's pond and would fill me up on coconut macaroons and peanut butter fluff sandwiches; all I could eat.  Could a kid ask for anything more?  She was the best.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Moving in some furniture

Galleries with built in walls covered in carpet is out.  Our concept is to have a gallery/boutique that has more real furniture.  Something that you might find in a resort or very nice home on the islands.  Place the paintings directly on the wall as if it was in your home.  A lot of our furniture pieces will be made from Hawaiian Koa.  We were lucky to have some beautiful cases from Marty and Carole's private collection for use.  They are the best.

Some of the other furniture has been bought new, and the "best" stuff is from Island Liquidators.  Shhhhhhh.  Keep that a secret, they have some of the best resort pieces, and the more banged up the better they look.  Lived in looks best in my opinion.

You can get an idea as to the colors of the store with some of the furniture to view so see for yourself.

Track lights are in today

Track lights will be in today.  The great guys, Chris and Derrick at Ken Wheatley; Wheatley Electric Inc. in Hanapepe have done an awesome job!  These guys even mopped my floor after working on it on Friday before they left.  Oh, reminds me I gotta treat them to lunch!

I highly recommend Ken and his crew if you need electrical done right and professionally.

Ken  Wheatley


Here are a couple of signs that we are working on. The goal is to have a sign that pops visually, is clean and easy to read, and uses some of our colors from inside the store. We did not want a bamboo font. Horrible!

A sign that has a Hawaiian plantation feel, with a little Asian thrown in.  The top sign is our first choice.  The outer border will be a little darker brown, "Collection" in black letters.  Both have that horizontal wood texture.  What do you think?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sign Art Kauai is making our signs

Yup, every store needs a sign, and ours is gonna be great....I hope.  I really never thought about how much thought must go into making one.  After all it is the first thing that a potential client sees of you, and do you remember what your mom used to say about first impressions?

I have every confidence in Sign Art to give me a strong yet elegant expression of our gallery. However if our sign is junk, then the only person I have to blame is me.  My thought is simplicity is best and use the colors of the store on the sign for flow.  Any ideas?  You can post or email me.  Here is SIGN arts info:

Dawn Lagundino
General Manager


SIGN art
3-3586 Kuhio Hwy., Suite 2
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone:  (808) 246-6812
Fax:  (808) 245-8797

Monday, March 1, 2010

Primed the Walls

Just primed the walls and had the primer tinted tan color so the final coats will cover easier.  This is the primer and the final coat is a little more lighter tan.  The floor also needs another coat of stain, but since it was the weekend and the Tsunami watch/scare had some stores close down earlier than usual, so I was unable to secure more stain in time.  Most of the time you want your floor completely done and sealed before painting.  At least that is the way I wanted to do it.  I'm using Masons Select stain and go it from Puhi Paint. Ron and Ron and the other guys are great. 

Puhi Paint across the intersection from Kauai Community College  4490 Puhi Road Lihue, HI 96766-8922 - (808) 246-8828
So today, Monday I'll finish the priming, stain the floor one more time and try and get the back room primed as well.  Not enough time in 24 hours.  Oh well, just keep plugging away with a smile.

Red Red Red

Here is the first coat of red over a grey primer. We had Barbara Cameron come and help us finalize the red, she is a great interior designer.  Her design studio is Yochi Interiors in Lihue on Akahi Street, same side as Tip Top.  She is also a LEED accredited designer, and you can check out her site below.

The red wall will take about 3 coats of red to get the desired tones.  Take a look and see what you think.  You can see the brush marks and the top of the picture where the color is a little darker.  We are going for darker.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bubba's Burgers

Ok, I don't normally eat hamburger so don't tell Lisa.  Shhhhh, she thinks I'm a vegan, vegetarian, fish-aterian.  John at Bubba's was very friendly and if you start reading all the bumper stickers above the grill, which was right in front of us as we sat at the bar, you will get a small look at what is probably a guy with a great sense of humor.  I will test this observation as I frequent Bubba's more.  The staff was great and easy on the eyes too, but I think this last bit is part of John's master plan.

There is a picture from a magazine of Robert Downey Jr. who is quoted as saying, "Bubba's Burgers are the best on the planet!" or something like that.  Don't quote my quote.  For the record I had a deluxe Terriyaki burger and I would have it again.  I think as I work here and try the food from all the great eateries, I'll start posting my thoughts on what I try, and I will try everything.

You are lucky if you have a friend like Renato

You are lucky if you have a dummy friend lucky my buddy Renato.  He works full time running his own family business, is a very involved dad, good husband (by another man's observations, but this hasn't been officially confirmed) and helps me in all his free time.  You would be considered very blessed to have a friend like this in your life.

Ok, enough brown nosing Renato, get to work, while I go get a bite to eat.   This picture shows the great cleaning and sanding this floor scraper is doing on the concrete.  We had two going at the same time so it made pretty quick work.  Check out Renato and Marjories's store at Kukui'ula Village at this link; best store in the Village, until we open up ;)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cleaning Up and preparing for the week

Aloha!  Hope you all had a great weekend?  Worked a little on the store this weekend.  Vacuumed all the dust and dirt off the floor and taped off most edges with blue painters tape.  Sorry most of this is boring until we start painting and bringing in furniture and stock.

The floor is really dirty.  It has a patina from all the red dirt and rain that sat on the concrete for so long from the construction phase.  I think I'm going to really have to scrub the floor with a powered floor scrubber if that's what you call the machine.  This is what I'll do, I will take a before and after of every project that I work on so you can see the difference.  That should be fun to see and be quite rewarding for me.

Here is a picture of the inside of the store looking out to the front of the store where all the wonderful clients, customers and friends will walk through to see us.  So tomorrow off to  The Home Depot to rent a floor machine and get to scrubbing.

Oh and on a side note, ate two pizzas at Merriman's Cafe last night and they were both very delicious.  Even the kids pasta was amazingly good.  Here's a link