The Art of Trash in Maui

Posted by - June 21, 2013 | Category: Peculiarities

Maui, Hawaii

I don’t know about you, but when I’m strolling through a strip mall on the hunt for a SIM card, and I see something like this…


…I just have to duck in. And I was not disappointed. Art + Trash = a match made in alternative heaven. All the creations displayed at Art of Trash are fashioned from junk that would have made its way to a landfill somewhere. Turns out Maui is not all beaches and mai-tais, there’s a pretty cool underground arts scene as well.


Art of Trash runs for three weeks each year in Maui to coincide with Earth Day. Anyone can enter, as long as you’ve got 10 bucks, some sexy trash, and are willing to man the storefront exhibit for four hours sometime during the exhibit. Further proof that Maui is one of the most laid-back places on the planet, anyone can be one of the judges too — just as long as you’re a Maui resident. 

gas mask art

I wish I had been there for opening night, when there is an Art of Trash Trashion Fashion Show. Next year.

Until then, check out some of the cool art on display for the 2013 instalment.






art of trash styrofoam wig






Most of the art is for sale (some items started at only 5 bucks) and entrance is free.

The event is sponsored each year by Community Work Daya community organization that runs beach clean-ups, recycling programs, tree planting initiatives, and just about anything else to promote a greener, cleaner Maui, and Sharing Aloha, who supports non-profits in sharing the spirit of Hawaii.

Check out the Art of Trash Facebook page for more info and for upcoming events and exhibits.

What are your thoughts on the Art of Trash?

Note: I was a guest of the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau and they did not ask that I write a favourable review. In fact, I’m pretty sure they’ll be mortified that I wrote about garbage at a strip mall.

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32 comments - add one
  1. I can’t get over the creativity of some of this stuff! I’ve bought bags and purses made from recycled magazines and juice boxes, but these items take it to a whole new level!

  2. Intriguing….. I sometimes think we are throwing things out so easily. But I don’t think I’ll be able to pull this off by just my thoughts.

  3. Some of it is very good! I was once given a bright beach bag made of trash and was always so surprised by how many compliments I got on it.

  4. Starting to think all trash art was creepy, but the grape escape is fun and awesome and before that quite a bit of sparkle and color too. Very cool. I’m glad I wasn’t there or I wouldn’t have bought some odd stuff. I like the pac man planter too.

  5. I love the art of trash show each year. Maui has some incredibly talented artists! Thanks for recognizing that, Raymond!

  6. On behalf of MVCB, we are not mortified at all! This is what I love about bringing social media travel influencers to Maui. You always seem to find the “hidden gems” in our islands. Mahalo!


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