The Family & Staff of Robyn Buntin of Honolulu
Top Row: Keith Ayano, Tusha Buntin, Wilber Bergado, Mr. Wong, Frankie Saucedo
Bottom Row: Aisha Buntin and baby Adrian, Judy Buntin, Robyn Buntin, Betty
Owner & Founder
Robyn 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
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.
Judy 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
Sales & Internet services
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.
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.
Photographer and Framing Manager
Wilber has been in the photography industry for over 20 years and brings a keen eye to our framing department. He also photographs all of our artwork and antiques for our website.
Frankie has specialized in the restoration of beautiful works of art for more than ten years. He began as a finisher of fine furniture and pianos and later developed his specialty in the
conservation and restoration of Asian art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. At the museum, he was fortunate to learn from a world renowned expert as well as the privilege of working on some of the most beautiful
and most valuable pieces in the HAA collection. The museum has recently closed their conservation department due to budget constraints but we are fortunate to gain Frankie's unique skills and
Conservation and Restoration:
- Japanese & Chinese paintings on paper or silk
- Woodblock prints, etchings, engravings, and other prints on paper
- Tibetan and Bhutanese thangkas
- Japanese folding screens