Mālama Wao Akua 2015 at Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center

We are excited to announce that our annual native species juried art exhibit Mālama Wao Akua will be moving from Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao to Hui Noʻeau Visual Art Center.  After 10 years of growth we are excited about this new partnership to be able to offer more educational opportunities to local Maui artists, young and old, about Maui’s watersheds.  More information to come, but please mark your calendars for these important dates.

Exhibition Dates:

September 5th-October 16th, 2015

Opening Night:

Friday, September 4th


Monday, August 24th


As we grow into our new partnership we want to say mahalo nui loa to Viewpoints Gallery for hosting the last 10 years of the exhibit.

People’s Choice Award Winner

After counting out 167 votes the winner of this years People’s Choice Award is Lisa E. Kasprycki. The artwork will be on display at Viewpoints Gallery until Wednesday, Oct. 22nd.



People’s Choice Award Winner

Lisa E. Kasprzycki

Hau Kuahiwi: Hibiscadelphus stellatus, a New Species from West Maui



2nd and 3rd Runner-up

Jupiter Nielsen

Phyllostegia ambigua

Drew Sulock



Talk Story Thursdays at Viewpoints Gallery

Come and join us every Thursday at 4:30pm throughout Mālama Wao Akua to hear some of Maui’s most notable environmental experts:

DanEisenbergHeadShotOctober 25th:

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, light weight backpacking, and competitive rock climbing.  Dan is always excited about adopting and applying new technologies and enjoys working with the EMWP’s Geographic Information System.  In his time off he enjoys landscaping with native plants and gardening.

ArtMOctober 2nd:

Dr. Art Medeiros- Research Biologist USGS

Dr. Arthur Medeiros began his career at Haleakala National Park working there for over a decade as botanist and researcher. Aubsequently, he founded both the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project and the Leeward Haleakala 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.



October 9th:

Will Haines-Entomologist at UH-Manoa

Born and raised Upcountry, Dr. Haines has been fascinated by insects since childhood. He studies the ecology and evolution of Hawaiian insects, and will be talking primarily about endemic arthropods found in the forests of East Maui. Some of his current projects focus on the Kamehameha butterfly and the koa looper moth.


Hanna and AlauahioOctober 16th:

Hanna Mounce-Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project Coordinator

Hanna joined the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project 2006 coordinating and implementing research and management programs to prevent further avian extinctions on Maui. She facilitates research on behavior, population and breeding ecology, and recovery actions for Hawaiian honeycreepers, primarily the Kiwikiu (or Maui Parrotbill).

Originally from northern California and graduating from Humboldt State University in 2003 with a B.Sc. with Honors in Wildlife, Hanna has worked in public and private sectors of avian conservation across the United States and Costa Rica and is currently finishing her doctorate entitled “Recovery of the endangered Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill, Pseudonestor xanthophrys): population dynamics, conservation genetics and strategies for reintroduction” at the University of Kent

Selected Art Pieces for Mālama Wao Akua 2014

Listed below are the selected pieces in each division listed by first name for Mālama Wao Akua 2014 at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao. If you your name and art piece do not appear on this list, please pick up your art piece at Viewpoints Gallery Tuesday, September 16th between the hours 10:30am and 5pm. You may contact the gallery at 572-5979 with any questions. We had a 33% increase in entries from last year, totaling 207 total pieces entered. It was hard to narrow that down to a increased exhibit of 104 pieces on display. Mahalo nui loa for everyoneʻs effort and help spreading awareness of our native species through art!

Selected pieces will be on display from September 17th- October 22nd. Pick up of selected work is Oct. 22nd at Viewpoints Gallery 10:30am-5pm.

Please joins us this Friday, September 19th  for the opening night events including blessing & hula, award ceremony, statement by Maui County Environmental Coordinator, live music and pupus.

  • Jurors Walk Through at 4pm
  • Blessing and Awards at 5pm

Please arrive early as it is a Makawao 3rd Friday Town Party


1 Alyson Danford He Kumu Lehua Muimuia I Ka Manu (Alehua Tree Covered with Birds)
2 Annamarie Sheehan “Spreckleberry” Lichens
3 Betty Hay Freeland Ohiʻa Lehua East Maui Watershed
4 Bob Terrebonne Maʻo Hau Hele
5 Bob Terrebonne ʻIliahi
6 Byron Baker The Wiliwili Survive
7 Carmen Gardner Maikaʻi
8 Caroline Killhour Endangered ʻĀkohekohe
9 Chelsea Bryce In Hosmer’s Shadow
10 Cherie Attix Where The Spirits Dwell
11 Chris Johns ʻĀhinahina Blooms
12 D. Clark Symbiosis II
13 D. Clark Symbiosis I
14 David Rasmusson Kaha Nalu
15 David Schoonover Lobelia Grayana & Iʻiwi
16 Denby Cole Nā Kaha (stripes)
17 Denby Cole Leaf Litter
18 Dianna Grundhauser Kekiaīo Piīholo (The Guardian of Piīholo)
19 Donnette-Gene Wilson Halapepe
20 Donnette-Gene Wilson Nāʻū
21 Donnette-Gene Wilson Koʻoloaʻula
22 Drew Sulock BOB
23 Ed Enomoto Kupu Ana Ka Palapalai
24 Eleykaa Tully Nectar of Dawn
25 Eleykaa Tully Sweet Elegance
26 George Allan A memorial to Stenogyne haliakalae
27 Gwen Arkin Requiem For A Forest
28 Gwen Arkin Where the Ghosts Wander Among the Trees
29 Gwen Arkin The Roar That Lies On The Other Side of Silence
30 Heather Burton Paliku Nene
31 Jennifer Valenzuela Heʻe ʻAumakua
32 Jim Lynch Reaching for the Canopy
33 Joelle C. Nature’s Way
34 John Guarin Delicate Existence
35 Jupiter Nielsen Haʻiwale (Cyrtandra grayana)
36 Jupiter Nielsen Phyllostegia ambigua
37 Katie Peterson Pandanus tectorius: A Study in Four Parts
38 Kim Mosley Ulua Ulua
39 Kirk Kurokawa ʻIʻiwi
40 Kirk Kurokawa Maui Alauahio
41 Lauren Hogan Silversword 2
42 Lauren Hogan Silversword 1
43 Leon Matsui Frisky
44 Lisa E. Kasprzycki Hau Kuahiwi: Hibiscadelphus stellatus A New Species from West Maui
45 Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond Māmaki Kapa ʻElua
46 Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond ʻUpena
47 Mary Ann Leigh Sweet Dreams Little Opeʻapeʻa
48 Melissa Chimera Puakala
49 Mike Neal Silversword
50 Mike Neal Untitled
51 Mike Neal Isolation – Loulu Palms
52 Monica Morakis North Shore Cliffs, Molokai
53 Pam Peterson Haleakala Silversword Blossoms I
54 Renee Matsui Morning Call
55 Robena ʻOhai
56 Roberta Ann Weisenburg Damselfly in the Fern Forest
57 Roberta Hodara Heʻe o Ka po
58 Roger B Stephens Lepelepe-O-Hina
59 Roger B Stephens Portrait of a Monk
60 Shana English Ākohekohe
61 Susan Lewis Allison’s Bird Loop Hike
62 Tracy Dudley Opihi & Puka II
63 Tracy Dudley Opihi & Puka I
64 Virginia Pierce Forested Watershed
65 Virginia Pierce In the Stillness
66 Zach Pezzillo Native Hawaiian Plants Diptych
67 Zach Pezzillo Native Hawaiian Plants Triptych

High School

1 Hailey Papritz Peaceful Beginning
2 Kirsten Paulson Nearly Gone
3 Eui Yol Lee Iʻhi
4 Eui Yol Lee Iliahi
5 Jade Vierra Coexistence
6 Juliana Hedge Iʻiwi on Branch
7 Karina Bhattacharya Hulu Manu
8 Lacie Ancog May the Sprouts Bring Hope
9 Levi Holley So the Battle Begins
10 Oriana Buika Koʻoloaʻula from a Bee’s Eye View
11 Troy Kojenlang Bless The Duck
12 Andrew Austin Scarce Beauty
13 Leesa Aperto Essence of the Naʻu
14 Jasmine Patel Betrayal

Middle School

1 Santina Bonilla ʻIʻiwi Bird
2 Camielle Erdman Nani ʻAmakihi
3 Jun Cai ʻApapane
4 Lauren York Take Flight, Be Free
5 Madeline Williams Aeʻo
6 Maura VanderArk Home of the Anianiau
7 Mikhaila Sung Underwater Fire
8 Carter Padgett Sticky Killer
9 Jasmine Sage Swimming Colors
10 Ilikea Deponte Monk Seal

Elementary School

1 Emi Qunell Aloha Iiwi
Mākena Guzman Royal ʻIʻiwi
3 Willow Roan Pueo
4 Bradin Nitahana Kiwikiu, The Maui Bird
5 Brandon Sado ʻĀkohekohe
6 Keoni Painter The One and Only
7 Phoenix Mewedeff Native Nene
8 Adam Fukunaga Time To Eat
9 Kaden Ortiz Blue Sky Bird
10 Kimberly So Iʻiwi Nestle in an Ohia Lehua Branch
11 Samara Ricarde Baby Pueo and Moon
12 Joseph Romanchak Iʻiwi and yellow Ōhiʻa
13 Liam Romanchak Orange Ohia and a friend




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