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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Receiving for MWA is next Tuesday!

Artists! Tuesday, Aug. 30th is Receiving for MWA2016

Come to the Hui from 9am-6pm


Remember to bring:

  1. Ready to hang artwork
  2. Completed entry form for each art piece (up to 3)
  3. Entry fee

Important Dates:

Exhibition Dates: September 9th-November 10th
Opening Reception: September 9th 5-8pm
Juror’s Walk-Through: Friday, September 9th at 4pm
Receiving Day: Tuesday, August 30th 9am-6pm (Hui Solarium)
Selection Notification(via e-mail): by Thursday, September 1st by 4pm
Pick-up of Non-selected work: Friday, September 2nd 9am-4pm
Pick-up of Selected work: Friday, November 11th 9am-4pm

Talk Story Thursdays at the Hui 2016

Join us Thursdays throughout Mālama Wao Akua to listen to what experts have to say about conservation on Maui!  Talks are at the Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center in Makawao from 5pm-6pm.

Date Who Affiliation
Sept. 15th Dr. Art Medeiros Auwahi Forest Restoration Project, PCSU
Oct. 6th Dr. Fern Duvall Maui Nui Program Manager, DLNR/DOFAW Native Ecosystems Protection and Management
Oct. 20th Joy Tamayose Wildlife Biologist, HNP Endangered Wildlife Management Division
Nov. 3rd (NEW Date) Dan Eisenberg East Maui Watershed Partnership, PCSU

 Learn more about our speakers!

ArtMDr. Art Medeiros- Auwahi Forest Restoration Project, PCSU

Dr. Arthur Medeiros began his career at Haleakalā National Park working there for over a decade as botanist and researcher. Subsequently, he founded both the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project and the Leeward Haleakalā Watershed Restoration Partnership, sister organization to EMWP.  Art has authored over 80 scientific articles and currently works as a Research Biologist with the Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center of the US Geological Survey.

Join Dr. Medeiros as he walks through the gallery and shares inspiring stories of the forest and the species on display Sept. 15th.

FernDuvall_FBDr. Fern Duvall II – DLNR/DOFAW Native Ecosystems Protection and Management-Maui Nui Program Manager

Fern works closely with conservation agency’s to enhance and conserve biodiversity and preservation of the most unique and pristine lands in the State.  Prior to his current position, he was the State Wildlife Biologist for almost 20 years and has worked closely with Maui’s water birds and forest birds and monitored native threatened and endangered plant status.  He is also vice-chair of the Maui Nui Invasive Species Committee.

Dr. Duvall II will walk through the gallery answering questions and pointing out unique characteristic of the species on display.  Delve deeper in your knowledge and you may be inspired for a new species to enter next year! Oct. 6th.

Joy_WaoAkuaJoy Tamayose- Wildlife biologist, Endangered Wildlife Management Program, Resources Management Division at Haleakalā National Park.

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

Mrs. Tamayose knows Haleakalā and the history of its species. Come on Oct. 20th to gain from her expertise.


Dan Eisenberg- EMWP Program Manager

Since 2008 Dan has been involved in on the ground natural resource management in East Maui.  He came to EMWP with a lifelong experience of extended trips to rugged environments including geologic field work, lightweight backpacking, and competitive rock climbing.

Mr. Eisenberg is knowledgeable on all things with East Maui Watershed.  Learn about what EMWP does to help protect and preserve our native species on Nov. 3rd.


MWA Info Session


Join us at the Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center along with artist Mike Neal where we will explain what it means to enter MWA.  We will share ideas on how to research species “Native to Maui Nui” along with what the eligibility requirements are for the exhibit.  EMWP and Hui staff will be on hand to answer questions about the exhibit and confirm any species you might already have in mind. Resources will be available if you still need to find inspiration.

 Tuesday, July 5th


Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center


Mike Neal2 Artist Mike Neal is a self pronounced “jack of all trades”. He has worked in restaurants, commercial painting, ministry, and construction.  But it was not until he turned fifty that he decided to explore his interest in woodworking and photography.  In them he found a passion and expression of the things that excite him about Hawaiʻi. His nature photography and woodwork focus on endangered rare birds, sea life and the breathtaking land and seascapes. He has been entering MWA since 2008 and has experience on how to research, as an artist, for this exhibit.

Meet the Jurors for MWA ’16

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.

We are lucky to have two jurors this year that not only have quality expertise in their field of art or science, but BOTH share a passionate love and understanding for our native forested watersheds!  They both have fun loving personalities and are some of EMWP’s favorite people.  Read their bios below to learn more about them.


Ainahou cliffs_AdjustedPat Bily- Science Specialist II for The Nature Conservancy – Maui Office

Working with plants on Maui for the last 40 years, Pat Bily has experience in farming, landscape, propagation, and watershed conservation.  Employed by The Nature Conservancy as a Science Specialist for 26 years has allowed him to see many of Maui Nui’s most remote natural areas, with his expertise focused on nurturing the unique native plants while punishing the nasty invasive plants.  An appreciator of the many forms of art since his youth, he’s followed the impressive evolution of the Mālama Wao Akua competition since its inception.





Melissa_WEBMelissa Chimera – Artist
Melissa Chimera studied Natural Resources Management and painting at the University of Hawai`i, the world’s epicenter of plant and animal extinction. In 2009, Chimera was commissioned with her mother and poet Adele Ne Jame to paint rare Hawaiian species for Inheritance: Reclaiming Land and Spirit, for the Sharjah Biennial 9, United Arab Emirates. Most recently, Chimera was a featured solo artist at the Hui No`eau and in a nationwide exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Flora of the National Parks, in Washington D.C.


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