East Maui Watershed Partnership Mālama Was Akua, opening, file photo September 2019. PC: Berkowitz via Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center and East Maui Watershed Partnership invite Maui artists of all ages to submit artwork for the 18th Annual Mālama Wao Akua Exhibition.

Mālama Wao Akua is a juried art exhibit honoring and raising awareness of native Maui Nui plant and animal species. Entry is open to Maui artists working in any medium with adult, elementary, middle and high school student entry divisions.

Artists may submit up to three works depicting species native to Maui Nui (Maui, Lana’i, Moloka’i, Kaho’olawe), landscapes featuring species native to Maui Nui, or people working to protect species natives and native habitats of Maui.

From Mālama Wao Akua 2021 Annemarie Sheehan ‘Ama’u. PC: via Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center

The Artwork Reception Day will take place on Tuesday, August 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Makawao Campus in Hui No’eau. Artists must complete an online registration form before submitting their works on the day of the reception. A full prospectus and registration forms are available online.

A jury team with expertise in both art and conservation will select from this year’s entries. Hui No’eau and EMWP are honored to welcome Maui artist Gabrielle Anderman and Hawai’i Invasive Species Council botanist Chuck Chimera as jurors for the 2022 exhibit.

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Artists considering entering the exhibit are invited to participate in several unique Artist Adventures to learn more about Maui’s native species. Adventures for artists include:

  • Hike The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve Boardwalk with EMWP and retired biologist Pat Bily: Tuesday August 9 / 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Pōhakuokalā Gulch Hike at Haleakalā Ranch with EMWP: Friday July 29 / 8:30am-1pm
  • Maui Nui Botanical Gardens Advice, Plant Guide & App: Tuesday-Saturday / 8am-4pm / Free for residents
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Download their self-guided tour app and find the MWA logo above all acceptable species for this garden exhibit.

More information about these events and how to register is available at malamawaoakua.org/blog/.

Additionally, Hui No’eau offers a series of workshops and classes for adults and young artists interested in entering Mālama Wao Akua. Offerings include Maui Nui nature journaling and botanical illustration, linocut reduction printing, and a Maui Nui native species workshop for ages 6-10. For class details or to register, visit huinoeau.com/classes.

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Mālama Wao Akua will be on public display from September 10 to November 4 at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center with an opening celebration taking place on Saturday, September 10 from 3-6 p.m.

This year, the Mālama Wao Akua exhibit is made possible with the support of Maui County and the Hawai’i Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program.


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