Meet the Jurors!

Mālama Wao Akua is a unique exhibit that hosts two jurors from different backgrounds.  One that is based in art and looks at entries from an artistic standpoint and one that is based in science and focuses on the conservation and native species elements. This allows pieces chosen for the exhibit to be a true blend of both art and science!


TamaraSherrill_MNBGTamara Sherrill, Executive Director at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Tamara Sherrill has worked 14 years with Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, a public native plant garden in Kahului. She was instrumental in building the MNBG plant collection which features coastal and low elevation plants of Maui County, and pre-European contact cultivars of kalo and other food plants. She holds a Natural Resources Management BS from UH Manoa and was a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife while attending college. She first became interested in native plants while working as a landscaper in Wailea, and learned by hiking with the Native Hawaiian Plant Society.





Mike Takemoto, Visual Artist and Associate Professor of Art at UH Maui College

Takemoto graduated from Baldwin High School and received a BFA in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  He earned an MA and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from Northern Illinois University.

Takemoto has exhibited his paintings, murals, sculpture, and installations at various locations in Hawai’i, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center.  In 2003, his work was featured in the 6th Biennial of Hawai’i Artists at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu.

At UHMC, Takemoto teaches courses in art appreciation, drawing, painting, and printmaking.  He has also worked as a teaching artist with the Maui Arts and Cultural Center education program; the Artists-in-the-Schools Program, and the Art Exploratory.

Guided Hikes for Artists

Photographer WaikamoiLet East Maui Watershed Partnership take you into Maui’s natural environment and introduce you to Maui’s native Species including plants, birds, and insects.  Find inspiration on one of these hikes to create you next masterpiece and enter it into Maui’s only annual native species juried exhibition Mālama Wao Akua 2017!

  • Registration is required by calling 573-6999 or e-mailing
  • Hikes will meet in Pukalani by Longs in the back parking lot
  • Extra time is made for photography and sketching, so bring your supplies!
  • Hikers must bring: Water, sunglasses/hat, sunscreen, rain gear, snacks or lunch, backpack to carry it all in  and sturdy closed toes shoes.


We will be leading 4 hikes on 3 different trails!

The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve

Boardwalk Trail 8am-4pm

Friday, July 28th & Monday, August 14thWaikamoi Boardwalk

Journey into Maui’s Native forest and end up immersed in a place that is the same as it was before the arrival of humans to this island. Hike is 3miles round trip, moderate-strenuous with about 700ft elevation change on uneven terrain.


Birdloop Trail 8am-2pm

Tuesday, August 1st`Apapane (Himatione sanguinea) - Haleakala N.P., Maui, Hawai`iv

Enter into a gulch filled with Native honeycreepers, Hawai‘i koa, ōhi‘a trees and ferns. Learn about this magical place and why native species hold such great importance to our way of life. Hike is easy-moderate, 1.25 mi roundtrip on uneven terrain.



Haleakala Ranch Puʻu Pahu Reserve (NEW)

Pohakuokala Gulch Scout 8am-2pm

Wednesday, August 9thHaleakala Ranch Gulch

After a brief hike through subalpine shrublands we will arrive at Pohakuokala Gulch inside Haleakala Ranch’s Puʻu Pahu Reserve.  As we make our way up the gulch on an intermittent-dry riverbed we will be treated with views of native species that have made this place their home like ōhiʻa, aʻaliʻi, and iliahi. Hike is moderate, 3mi round trip journey with no defined trail on uneven ground and rock at elevation.

Talk Story Thursday and Movie with MISC

Thursday, Oct. 20th

A special evening with HNP & MISC at the Hui

5pm: Talk Story Thursday

Joy_WaoAkuaJoin Joy Tamayose, Wildlife Biologist for Haleakala National Park’s Endangered Wildlife Division as she takes us around the exhibit and shares her knowledge of the importance of the species on display and their connection to the National Park.

Born and raised in Haiku, Maui.  Joy obtained a B.A. in biology from Grinnell College and M.S. in wildlife science from Oregon State University.  She has been privileged to work with nene and ‘ua’u at Haleakala since 1992.




firelfamovie6pm: MISC movie FIRE! Little Fire Ant in Hawai’i

Stay to watch Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) updated 2016 documentary on one of our islands biggest threats, the little fire ant.  MISC will be on hand to answer any question you may have along with other conservation groups.



And do not forget about our last Talk Story Thursday with EMWP Program Manager Dan Eisenberg on Nov. 4th at 5pm!


Opening Night at the Hui

We had a beautiful opening of Mālama Wao Akua 2016 last Friday at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center!  We had 168 artists enter, with 85 artists selected to be on display, exhibiting 94 pieces of art from all ages.  It was a great evening with food donations from Old Lahaina Luau, Flatbread Pizza, Mana Foods and Pukalani Superette.  Halau Wehiwehi O Leilehua danced, played music and sang!  Mahalo to Bryan Berkowitz for his talents in photography for the opening night event.  Join us for more excitement with our Talk Story Thursdays being held throughout the exhibit.  If you were not able to join us on the opening night, the exhibit will be on display daily at the Hui from 9am-4pm through Nov. 10th with FREE admission.  A portion of all sales benefit EMWP.

We also would like to thank Judy McCorkle and Tom Reed of Aloha Recycling INC and Pacific Biodiesel for sponsoring this event and all of the wonderful staff at Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center.

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Selected pieces for MWA 2016!


Jurors Pat Bily & Melissa Chimera

We want to thank the 167 artists who worked and researched Maui Nui’s native species to enter the exhibit this year!  Whether your piece was selected or not, your dedication to use your talent to help raise awareness about our unique flora and fauna means so much to us.  We sincerely hope you enjoyed the process and possibly found out something new about our beautiful home.  With 217 entries the jurors Pat Bily and Melissa Chimera took over 6 hours deciding which 94 pieces made it into the exhibit. We hope that you will continue this educational journey by joining us at all the events throughout the exhibit.


Jurors Walk Through: Friday, Sept. 9th 4-4:45pm

Blessing and Opening: Friday, Sept. 9th 5-8pm

Talk Story Thursdays: 5-6pm click here for schedule of speakers

Mālama Wao Akua 2016—Accepted Works in order of last name:



Juring in process

Allan, George
Anderman, Gabrielle
The Silversword
Arens, Tania
Into The Koa Forest
Arkin, Gwen

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