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.


Guided TNC Waikamoi Preserve Hikes

Boardwalk_JennaSzerlag_WEBBoardwalk Hike

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.

Time: 8am-3pm.

Offered:  Friday, July 8th & Tuesday, August 2nd






BirdBird Loop Hike

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.


Time: 8am-1:30pm

Offered: Wednesday, June 29th & Wednesday, July 20th


Contact EMWP to sign up at 573-6999 or

  • Hikes meet in Pukalani.
  • Limited transportation is available.
  • Approx. 30min will be given on your own to photograph and sketch.
  • Hikers must bring: water, sunglasses/hat, sunscreen, rain gear, snacks or lunch, backpack to carry it in, and wear sturdy close toed shoes.
  • Space is limited
  • Hikes may be changed or canceled at any time due to changes in the threat of an invasive fungus called Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.



Get Excited about Mālama Wao Akua 2016!

We are thrilled to again be partnering with the Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center and we want YOU to get excited about Maui Nui native species!! It is time to research, visit places, and create for the love of our ʻāina.

This is an especially important year as East Maui Watershed Partnership is proud to be celebrating it’s 25th year as the FIRST watershed partnership in the State.  We invite you to learn about Maui’s native species by:

  • Visit our website to learn about the important work we do
  • Teachers, get your class involved. See ʻTips for Teachers” on the artist resources page.
  • Take a hike with us into the TNC’s Waikamoi Preserve. More info on the blog page.
  • Spark your artistic ideas by taking a class at the Hui
  • Attend the info session on entering MWA on July 5th at the Hui from 5pm-6pm

More ideas for inspiration can be found on the artists resources page.  Read the prospectus for more detailed eligibility criteria.  Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center is located at 2841 Baldwin Ave. Makawao, HI 96768


Joseph Imhoff and his son Henry

Joseph Imhoff and his son Henry

Talk Story Thursdays at the Hui

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. 10th Dr. Art Medeiros Auwahi Forest Restoration Project, PCSU
Sept. 17th Dr, Fern Duvall II DLNR/DOFAW Native Ecosystems Protection and Management-Maui Nui Program Manager
Oct. 8th (NEW DATE!) Jay Penniman Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project Manager
Oct. 15th Scott Crawford, Manuel Majia,Jay Carpio The Maui Nui Makai Network Experience – Makai to Mauka. 
Oct. 22nd Dan Eisenberg EMWP Program Manager
Oct. 29th Jordan Jokiel Haleakalā Ranch Land Manager 


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