Greenwell Mouse House
A miniature Christmas Village created by beloved island painter and Kona resident Martha Greenwell is on display at the Isaacs Art Center at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy through January 6, 2013.
The Christmas village, affectionately known as “The Mouse House,” made its first Big Island appearance in December 2005 at the Kona Historical Society when the village returned to Greenwell from O‘ahu after more than 20 years of being part of an annual holiday tradition at the Queen’s Hospital Auxiliary’s “Festival of Trees.”
All of the artifacts featured in the display are from the attic and tool shed of Greenwell’s in-laws, Frank and Violet Greenwell of Palani Ranch. It took Greenwell eight years to assemble the village.
“Having the Mouse House at The Isaacs Art Center during the extended holiday season has become an important tradition, and a time when we welcome keiki of all ages to experience Martha Greenwell's magical creation,” said Gaylord Dillingham, director of the Isaacs Art Center.
The Isaacs Art Center at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. The Isaacs Art Center will be closed during the Thanksgiving weekend and between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. For information, or to arrange group visits, call 808-885-5884.