Isaacs Art Center

ABOUT Isaacs Art Center

The Isaacs Art Center was created to serve as a cultural force benefiting the HPA, Waimea, and Big Island communities. It is a part of Hawai'i Preparatory Academy and provides a venue for people to donate appreciated art and receive the benefits of a charitable donation.

The mission of the Isaacs Art Center is to raise money for the benefit of HPA students while giving the community access to art and sculpture and providing students and parents living on the island a cultural learning experience. It contains a large permanent collection of paintings, furniture, rare books, and Hawaiiana. A section of the art center operates as an art gallery, and a variety of work is offered for sale. The funds generated by these sales are used to support the HPA Scholarship Fund. 

The building that houses the Isaacs Art Center was built in 1915 as Waimea’s first public school structure. It was moved to its current location in June 2002 and in March 2003, was placed on the State Register of Historic Places. The restoration was completed in March 2004. In May 2003, the building received the prestigious 2003-2004 Historic Preservation Award from the Historic Hawai'i Foundation. In 2005, the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The art center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Mollie Hustace, MEd., was named Director of the Isaacs Art Center in July 2014. Hustace brings extensive education, art, and fundraising experience to her position. Since 1994, she has served as faculty member, college counselor, and chair of the Fine Arts Department at HPA, and she continues to teach art history at Academy.

Hustace has been an active volunteer at the Isaacs Art Center since its opening in 2004, serving as a docent and assisting with auction catalogs, exhibits, and retrospectives. She previously was a visiting lecturer in art history at ‘Iolani School and a docent lecturer and gallery guide at the Honolulu Museum of Art. For 10 years, she was the owner-artist of Akalei Designs, a stained glass art business that completed commissioned work for Victoria Ward, Ltd. common areas. Prior to that she was a registered nurse, researcher, and state health planner for 14 years on O‘ahu. She is the co-founder of the Alzheimerʻs Disease and Related Disorders Association—Honolulu Chapter and was an active board officer for 10 years. 

Hustace earned her bachelorʻs degree from Stanford University and her bachelorʻs degree in professional nursing with high honors from the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa. She also holds a Master of Public Health and Master of Education from the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa. She and her husband, James, have two sons, James '03 and Kip '07.