Sculpture Garden Tour

Join VAC Board Member Julie Williams as she guides you on a relaxing and inspirational tour through Hawai‘i's only sculpture garden.

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Gain artistic insight on the latest sculptors featured in the Niaulani Sculpture Garden

Over 10 Sculptures

Learn from Julie Williams as she reflects on the sculptures in the garden

Welcome To Your Classroom!

Topics Covered In This Class

1 Introduction to the Niaulani Sculpture Garden

Under the direction of landscape architect, David Tamura, the once lawn-covered backyard of Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani administration building has been transformed into an inviting, walkable exhibit space.

2 Discussing the First Exhibit

The first exhibit’s invited sculptors are Henry Bianchini, Ethan Froney, Elizabeth Miller, Randall Shiroma, Jonathan Sudler, Lonny Tomono, and Glenn Yamanoha. The Volcano Art Center is also honored to permanently exhibit Randall Takaki’s Guardian. Sculptures on display are created from a variety of stone, metals and wood.

3 Current Exhibit

Interplay: Art Science
April 28, 2019 - April 2021
Sculptural works inspired by Nature, informed by Science, expressed as Art

4 Our Supporters, Grantors, and Other Exhibits

Sponsored by Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Atherton Family Foundation & the Cook Foundation

Class Materials

1. Digital Brochure

View the digital edition of our current brochure highlighting all of the sculptures in the Niaulani Sculpture Garden.

2. Photographs of the Sculptures

Photographed by Jesse Tunison in 2019 on a 50-megapixel camera, you can view details of the sculptures that the videos do not reveal.
Please do not repost or commercially distribute these images. For permissions, please email

3. Featuring Randy Takaki

Randy Takaki died on July 14, 2016. Having been one of Hawai‘i's most respected artists and one of Volcano's most well-known residents, VAC opened the Big Island's first sculpture garden with Randy Takaki's "Guardian" as the only permanent sculpture.

About Your Guide

Julie Williams

Julie Williams received a B.S. in Biology from Temple University in Philadelphia and an M.S. in Botany from UH Manoa. Following a decade of fieldwork in Hawai‘i's forests, Julie became the director of Keakealani Outdoor Education Center in Volcano, Hawai‘i. Julie provided environmental education programs for students statewide for over 18 years. Her board service includes Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, and six terms for Volcano Art Center. She presently serves as coordinator for the NIaulani Sculpture Garden, on the forest committee, programs committee, and volunteer coordinator.

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