Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant and captivating world of Maui’s native species at the 19th annual Mālama Wao Akua art exhibition, presented by Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center and East Maui Watershed Partnership. This incredible exhibition showcases the collective efforts of 84 talented Maui artists who are highlighting the importance of protecting our unique ecosystems and species. Running until November 3rd, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering free admission. Don’t miss the chance to engage with the exquisite artwork and gain a deeper appreciation for the remarkable environments that surround us.
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Hui Noʻeau & East Maui Watershed Partnership Present Mālama Wao Akua 2023
Welcome to the 19th annual Mālama Wao Akua exhibition, presented by the Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center in collaboration with the East Maui Watershed Partnership. This juried art exhibition celebrates the native species of Maui Nui and aims to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our islands’ unique ecosystems and species.
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center and East Maui Watershed Partnership Collaboration
The collaboration between Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center and East Maui Watershed Partnership showcases the powerful and vital role that artists play in local conservation efforts. By providing the public with a creative and intimate way of interacting with Maui’s native species, artists help spark conservation and inspire care for the exceptional environments surrounding us.
Overview of Mālama Wao Akua
Mālama Wao Akua is a special exhibition that will be on display in the Hui’s gallery space from now through November 3rd. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and admission is free. This exhibition highlights the work of talented artists who have created pieces that celebrate and bring awareness to the native plant and animal species of Maui Nui, which includes Maui, Lāna‘i, Moloka‘i, and Kaho‘olawe.
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Exhibition Location and Schedule
The Mālama Wao Akua exhibition can be found at the Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center. Located at [insert address], the gallery offers a beautiful space to showcase the artwork. The exhibition will run from now until November 3rd, so make sure to mark your calendars and come experience the unique beauty of Maui’s native species.
Importance of Artists in Conservation Efforts
Artists have always played a crucial role in conservation efforts, and Mālama Wao Akua recognizes and celebrates this. Through their artwork, artists bring attention to the incredible biodiversity found in Maui Nui and connect people on a deeper level with these native species. Art has the power to evoke emotion and inspire action, making it a powerful tool for promoting conservation and environmental stewardship.
Jurors and Selection Process
The selection of artwork for the Mālama Wao Akua exhibition was carefully done by two distinguished jurors. Kirk Kurokawa, a Visual Artist, and Dr. Scott Fisher, Director of ʻĀina Stewardship at Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, had the task of choosing works from 254 entries across various divisions, including elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult divisions. With their expertise and discerning eye, they selected the most impactful pieces that highlight the beauty and importance of Maui Nui’s native species.
Representation of Maui Artists
The Mālama Wao Akua exhibition is proud to represent the work of 84 Maui artists. These talented individuals have dedicated their skills and creativity to shine a spotlight on the native plant and animal species of Maui Nui. Through their artwork, they bring these species to life and highlight the need for their protection and preservation.
Focus on Native Plant and Animal Species of Maui Nui
The Mālama Wao Akua exhibition focuses specifically on the native plant and animal species of Maui Nui. Maui Nui is home to a rich array of unique species that have adapted to the island’s diverse ecosystems. From the vibrant flora to the diverse fauna, each species plays a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of these ecosystems. Through art, we can appreciate and learn about these species and recognize the importance of their preservation.
Talk Story Thursdays
As part of the Mālama Wao Akua exhibition, the community is invited to join in on “Talk Story” Thursdays to learn more about Maui’s conservation efforts from leading experts. These talks are free and open to the public, providing a valuable opportunity to delve deeper into the topics surrounding the exhibition. Mark your calendars for the following dates and speakers:
- Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.: Zach Pezzillo, Technician for Maui Nui Plant Extinction Prevention Program
- Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.: Michael Walker – State Fire Protection Forester, DLNR/DOFAW
- Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.: Keahi Bustamente, Maui Nui Program Coordinator for Hawaiʻi Invertebrate Program, DLNR/DOFAW
- Nov. 2 at 5 p.m.: Dr. Arthur Medeiros, Program Manager for Auwahi Forest Restoration Project
These experts will provide insight into the conservation efforts on Maui, sharing their knowledge and experiences with the community.
In addition to the exhibition and the “Talk Story” Thursdays, there will be other exhibition-related events throughout the duration of Mālama Wao Akua. Every Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., a conservation gallery docent will be available to provide an enhanced viewing experience and answer any questions visitors may have.
Join us in celebrating the native species of Maui Nui at Mālama Wao Akua and discover the beauty and importance of these incredible plants and animals. Together, we can make a difference in conserving and protecting our unique ecosystems for future generations to enjoy.
Support for this exhibition is provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program.