Selected artists for MWA ʻ15!

We want to thank the 154 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 210 entries the jurors Keahi Bustamente and Denby Freeland-Cole took over 3.5 hours deciding which 107 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. 4th 4-5pm

Blessing and Opening: Friday, Sept. 4th 5-8pm

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

MWA Keiki Day: Saturday, Sept. 19th 10-2pm


Mālama Wao Akua 2015—Accepted Works:

B H Freeland
ʻŌhiʻa Lehua
Hoʻomalu O Waikamoi, Drifting Clouds of Waikamoi
Barclay Hill
Sepioteuphis Lessoniana

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Get to know the Jurors for MWA ’15

For every exhibit we host two jurors that have different backgrounds meshing the two worlds of conservation and art. One juror from the environmental field to focus on the native species aspect and one with a background in the arts to focus on creativity and skill. Together they decide what images get selected for the exhibit.

Keahi Bustamente

Keahi Bustamente

Leeward Haleakalā Watershed Partnership (LHWRP) Field Crew Supervisor

Prior to his work with LHWRP, Keahi worked with Maui Nui Plant Extinction Prevention Program. He has worked on nearly every Island and in nearly every type of ecosystem in Hawaiʻi. Keahi has had no formal training and has acquired his knowledge from his kūpuna (ancestors), time in the field with experienced field biologist, observation, and a deep love for his land (Aloha ʻāina). His interests include rare plants, insects, and snails, and is currently participating in a survey of remaining native land snails in Hawaiʻi.


Denby Freeland-Cole

Denby Freeland-Cole


Denby Freeland-Cole’s career path has involved the arts and environment in Hawaii including positions at the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Hawaii Nature Center and the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Her recent art works are a collection of watercolors, mixed media paintings and kapa. Her watercolors capture the rhythm of Hawaii’s plants, while the mixed media pieces are playful. Her kapa reflects her respect for Hawaiian culture and environment through an ancient medium.

Denby graduated from Punahou School on Oahu, earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington, and her Master’s degree in Education at Heritage College, Washington.

MWA Exhibition Info Session


Thursday, July 23rd

5-6pm (at Hui Noʻeau)

This informational session held by East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) will explain what
“Native to Maui Nui” means. EMWP will share ideas on how to research species to find ones
acceptable for the exhibit. EMWP and Hui staff will also be on hand to answers questions
about the exhibit and confirm any species you might already have in mind. Plenty of resources
will be available if you still need to find inspiration!

Watershed Walks

Hike Flier

Hui Noʻeau Visual Art Center classes that get you in touch with Maui Native Species!

All classes listed are taken from the Hui Noʻeau Website. You can register for all classes online at or call at (808)572-6560.

Native Florals in Watercolor Workshop #1060

We’re combining art and conservation for this weekend watercolor workshop! Students in this class will create a watercolor painting that focuses on a plant species native to Maui nui. Carmen and East Maui Watershed Partnership will work together to select a subject that is intriguing to both paint and study! In addition to learning watercolor techniques and getting well on your way to a finished work of art, students will have the opportunity to learn about the selected species from an expert from East Maui Watershed Partnership who will make a special visit to class!

Teaching Artist: Carmen Gardner
Day & Duration : Saturday & Sunday, 2 days / May 16 & 17 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:Children’s Studio
Tuition: $125 ($157 nonmember)
Supply: $5

Digital Goes to the Darkroom: Photography at TNC’s Waikamoi Preserve #1080

This workshop combines state-of-the-art digital photographic technology with one of the original nineteenth century photographic printing processes. Students will begin this workshop with a hike into The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve with a guide from East Maui Watershed Partnership. Students will get to explore and practice compositional techniques while learning about some of the native species found in this location. On the second day, the class will work at the Hui, download digital files, and learn post-processing techniques to create a digital negative. Students will hand-coat beautiful printing papers in the Van Dyke brown sensitizer and print images! Note: Students should be in physical condition to hike on uneven terrain at higher elevations. Photographs may be entered for sale in the Malama Wao Akua art exhibition, but cannot be sold in any other way. For further conditions, please visit

Teaching Artist: Gwen Arkin
Day & Duration:Thursday & Friday, 2 days
July 2 & 3 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Waikamoi & Photo Studio
Tuition: $115 ($144 nonmember)
Supply Fee: $15

In the Field: Using Your DSLR Camera on Location Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands — Level 2

Get ready to capture stunning scenes with your camera—while exploring and learning about a beautiful part of Maui! If you have basic knowledge of your DSLR camera’s navigation, you’ll enjoy this hands-on photo experience with Hui Teaching Artist Aubrey Hord. The first day is spent in the classroom at the Hui to review important technical skills. On the second day, students will receive access to Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands to photograph and explore the site’s cultural and ecological significance. On day 2, the class will meet at 7:40 am in Kahului and caravan to arrive on site at 8:00 am. Don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the field. Prerequisite: Digital Photography Level 1 classes or equivalent experience; students should be in physical condition to hike on uneven terrain. For further conditions, please visit

Teaching Artist: Aubrey Hord
Day & Duration:Wednesday & Thursday, 2 days
July 22 & 23 / 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Wed.) & 8:00 am – 12:00 am (Thurs.)
Location: Photo Studio
Tuition: $80 ($100 nonmember)

Photo Walk: Nu`u Landing — Level 2+ #1091

Join a fantastic group of your fellow photographers for a one-day photo walk experience in a beautiful Maui location! Guided by professional photographer Aubrey Hord, students will explore Nu’u Landing—a remote location on the backside of Maui. Students will be able photograph some of the healthiest coastal wetlands in the state, which provide habitat for several endangered bird species. Photo walks are designed for students who enjoy exploring new locations with a group and are very comfortable with manual settings and general use of their cameras. Don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the field. Note: The class will meet at 7:15 am at Keokea Park and caravan to arrive on site at 8:00 am. Prerequisite: In the Field: Using Your DSLR Camera on Location or equivalent experience.

Teaching Artist: Aubrey Hord
Day & Duration:Thursday, 1 day
August 6 / 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Photo Studio
Tuition: $50 ($63 nonmember)

Keiki Classes:

Drawing from the ‘Āina: Botanical Studies of Maui Nui’s Native Species (Age 8+) #1139

In collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership, this workshop will combine art with conservation science! Students will learn to identify and sketch a number of Maui Nui’s native species with special help from a representative of EMWP! Teaching artist Katie Peterson will help students create works of art—from traditional botanical studies to expressive paintings—inspired by these plants, cultivating important design principles and techniques along the way. Students are encouraged to submit their favorite pieces to the Mālama Wao Akua Art Exhibition’s Youth Division. This class will combine research, observation, drawing, and painting skills as well as provide a chance for students to see their work displayed in a professional art gallery!

Teaching Artist: Katie Peterson
Day & Duration: Saturdays, 2 weeks / May 16 & 23 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Children’s Studio
Tuition: $55 ($69 nonmember)
Supply Fee: $15

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