Opening Night and Continuing Events at the Hui!

We had a beautiful opening of Mālama Wao Akua 2017 last Friday at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center!  We had 188 artists enter, with 88 artists selected to be on display, exhibiting 89 pieces of art from all ages.  It was a great evening with food donations from Old Lahaina Luau, Flatbread Pizza, Mana Foods, Gypsy Maui and Pukalani Superette.  Halau Wehiwehi O Leilehua danced throughout the evening providing us with a stunning and elegant show.  Mahalo to Bryan Berkowitz for his talents in photography for the opening night event. 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. 7th with FREE admission.  A portion of all sales benefit EMWP.

Join us for more excitement with our Talk Story Thursdays being held throughout the exhibit from 5-6pm at the Hui.  Each environmental expert will take you on a journey through species on display while discussing the latest concerns and programs protecting Maui’s environment.

Sept. 21st: Dr. Fern Duvall II – Maui Nui Program Manager, DLNR/DOFAW Native Ecosystems Protection and Management
Oct. 5th: Dan Eisenberg – EMWP Program Manager, PCSU
Oct. 19th: Pat Bily – Science Specialist II for The Nature Conservancy, Maui Office
Nov. 2nd: Dr. Art Medeiros – Auwahi Forest Restoration Project, PCSU

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

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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!


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

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 huinoeau.com/classes 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 huinoeau.com.

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 huinoeau.com

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

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