About The Family & Staff of Robyn Buntin of Honolulu
FounderRobyn began his career in the art world as an artist himself, creating sculptures in stone and mixed metals. He opened a small gallery on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1976 which featured works by local Hawaii artists as well as Japanese antiques. In 1978, most of the town of Ola (Kea'au) was burned down and the Buntin family moved to Japan. After four years in Japan, Robyn and his wife Judy as well as his son Tusha and daughter Aisha returned to Hawaii, and settled in Honolulu. During their residency in Japan, Robyn had acquired a sizable inventory of Japanese antiques and upon their return, opened a store in Eaton Square in Waikiki. The location soon proved to be too small and another gallery was added in Chinatown, on the corner of Nimitz and Maunakea Street. Another 15 years later, the gallery was relocated to its current place on Beretania Street, conveniently located close to the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
Robyn studied fine art and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. His years of experience in the art world has given him expertise in the fields of Japanese and Chinese art with his specialties being Buddhist art and sculpture as well as antique Chinese jade.
FounderJudy has specialized in Japanese woodblock prints for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience and passion to this part of the business. She was born in Japan but grew up in Honolulu where she majored in English at the University of Hawaii.
Tusha grew up in the art world and studied Oriental Art History at the University of Hawaii. After living in Japan and going to Japanese public school, Tusha is fluent in Japanese. One of his passions is kendo (Japanese fencing), which he started in Japan. Through this study, he has developed a sensitivity towards Zen art, calligraphy, and the stories and culture of the samurai.
His specialties are Japanese painting, wood carvings, netsuke, and Chinese jades.
Nihongo de dozo, yoroshiku onegaishimasu
Aisha grew up in the art and antiques business and currently oversees the framing department, Hawaiiana, and internet transactions. She studied Asian Art History at the University of Washington and is now studying Mandarin Chinese. 欢迎用中文电邮
Betty comes from a long career in the banking industry and manages all incoming calls as well as accounts receivable and inventory contracts. Her attention to detail and professionalism keep our paperwork in order and the inventory organized.