Hawaiian Postcards


How the Postcards Came to Be

Along the Big Island’s stunning Hamakua Coast and about a ten minute drive from Waipio Valley nestles a charming, historical 1932 sugar plantation restored to accommodate modern life and welcome travelers from all over the world.

After discovering this spot, Waipio Wayside Bed and Breakfast Inn has become our base camp, our second home, a place to reunite with old friends and make new ones. We have made it our go-to destination for decades now.

I don’t know what took me so long to bring a few art supplies for our trips to the Big Island. It could be the travel size Winsor & Newton watercolor kit that I was given as a gift that did it. Or that I get anxious to be back in the studio when I’m away too long. To remedy that I turned part of my stay at Waipio Wayside as an artist’s retreat.

After a few recent trips to the Big Island, my studies turned into a small collection of pen and ink with watercolors. I call them Hawaiian Postcards for their size, their made-on-location, and for their whimsical, light-hearted style. It was a beautiful way to slow down and really take in the beauty and diversity of the island’s flora that I get to share with you.

In Hawai’i, all is sacred,
the aloha spirit is real
and mana is powerful magic.


view of Waipio Wayside Bed and Breakfast Inn back deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Deck side view at Waipio Wayside Bed & Breakfast Inn where I could sit overlooking the pacific ocean, listen to the bamboo and bird song, and paint watercolors.

two pen and ink with watercolors based on hawaiian island botanical plants shown with large white mats in light pine frames hanging in a home setting over a shelf with vases and pottery

Inspired by travels around the Big Island of Hawai’i, these are watercolors I call “Hawaiian Postcards” aloha greetings for you and your home.

Giving Back.

10% of all Terra Kind Studio Co.’s annual art sales are donated to nonprofits devoted to environmental and climate change issues.
By supporting my work as an artist, you’ll have nature’s beauty dressing your walls while doing good in the world.

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Terra Kind Studio showcases the creative work of visual artist and designer Kristin Maija Peterson. Growing up among prairies, lakes, rivers, and oak savannas along with her project work with environmental organizations have collectively influenced her creative path. Kristin works in watercolor, graphite, color pencil, oil pastels, and pen and ink, interpreting in detail the beautiful chaos she finds in native wild spaces and its inhabitants who call these spaces home. Kristin sees all living creatures as kin and is always kind to spiders.

Be Kind to Everything That Lives.

Terra Kind Studio Co. logo in terra cotta color