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The Malama Wao Akua art contest, a collaborative effort between East Maui Watershed Partnership and Viewpoints Gallery, challenges Maui's local artists to become the messengers of conservation in our community. The Partnership works to protect Maui's largest intact native ecosystem against habitat damage caused by feral animals and invasive plants. Come see the show and support conservation through art! Blessing by Lei'ohu Ryder. Enjoy pupus, and music by Alchemy II while you browse the artwork and native plants for sale.

preview days: AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 1

opening reception: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, starting at 5 pm

show runs: AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 25

A red dot is used to indicate a piece has been sold.

'Akohekohe in Lehua
by Kathleen Kam

scratchboard on clay based masonite
14 x 11
19 x 16   $1950  framed + $90 ship

Juror's Award

This Crested Honeycreeper, or Akohekohe is a rare native endemic to the rainforests of East Maui, with an estimate of only 3200 individuals remaining.  

Within the House of the Sun
by Beth Marcil

acrylic ink
14 x 18   $1875  unframed + $60 ship
23 x 27   $2300  framed + $125 ship

First Place

Our state bird populations are on the rise thanks in part to captive breeding projects and the diligent work of national park staff who strive to keep the summit of Haleakala free of introduced predators like feral cats, mongooses, rats, pigs, and goats.


Kolea Lau Li'i
by Kit Gentry

pastel on black paper
14 x 20
23 x 29   $2800  framed + $125 ship

Second Place

The Kolea is a native tree well known for the deep magenta color of its young leaves.  The Kolea Lau Li'i is a variety with tiny leaves, although they still display the same intense color.  I found this Kolea growing near the bogs at the summit of West Maui.  Since the leaves are quite small, this picture represents a magnified view of the subject.  I found it especially attractive because of the contrast between the red of the young leaves and the green of the older growth.  

Kit Gentry has been living on Maui since 1993, after studying drawing and painting at the University of Michigan.  His work has been acquired for Hawaii's state art collection, and has also been honored with several awards in Maui art contests, including First Prize in the 2004 Malama Wao Akua show, and the "Marion Freeman People's Choice Award" in the 2003 Schaefer Portrait Challenge.

Intimately Hawaiian
(Koki'o ke'oke'o)

by Joelle C.

acrylic and oil on wood
24 x 30
40 x 48   $6400 + $320 ship/w

Third Place

Out of over 100 different species and varieties of hibiscus currently growing in the Hawaiian islands, only 10 are native (meaning they were established here before the arrival of the first Polynesians.)  How can you tell if the hibiscus in your yard is native?  You may just have to hunker down with a plant guide and key it out, based on very precise characteristic comparisons like the length of the staminal column compared to the petals, whether or not the stipules (pointy outgrowths) enclose the bud, or the shape of the bracts on the leaves.


Erythrina Sandwicensis
by Connie Adams

bristol paper, japanese lace paper
19 x 11
23 x 16   $2000  framed + $100 ship

The fate of the wiliwili, a native tree more common on the dry side of Haleakala, is yet to be seen: an invasive gall wasp has decimated the leaves of many individual plants, causing them to grow in a dense clumped mass.  Biologists are working on solutions and pest management strategies to battle this tiny yet deadly insect.

by Michael Clements

soft pastel
9 x 12
15 x 18   $400 framed + $40 ship

Honorable Mention

Rubus hawaiensis (Hawaiian: 'akala) is a species of Rubus endemic to Hawai'i. It is found throughout the Hawaiian Islands in mesic to wet forest, typically at mid to upper elevations. The fruit is red, large, and edible.


by Caroline McGlynn Killhour

mixed media on birch panel
8 x 18
10 x 20   $450  framed + $35 ship

The vocal repretoire of this endangered crested honeycreeper includes a delightful menagerie of clicks, gluks, and whistles.

The Akohekohe, or Crested Honeycreeper is easily distinguished from any other forest bird on Maui, native or non-native.  It is the only one that has a tuft of whitish feathers on its crown.  While they are endangered and rare, a lucky few have seen it on educational hikes into Waikamoi Preserve's Boardwalk Trail.  This hike leads from an evergreen forest planted by Ralph S. Hosmer down to a native cloud forest that looks much like it did when the Polynesians first arrived.

'Ohi'a Lehua pili aina
('Ohi'a Lehua clings to the land)

by Betty Hay Freeland

oil on linen
20 x 22
27 x 29   $3950  framed + $190 ship

The Ohia Lehua tree adapts


'Akepa - "Soars High"
by Kamalei Batangan
(6th grade Kamehameha)

16x 20   $100  gallery wrap + $20 ship

Student Award - Middle School

Gracefully flying,
Through 'Ohi'a and Koa,
The 'Akepa soars

The Maui Akepa is sadly thought to be extinct, though there may still be some individuals that have escaped notice deep in the East Maui Watershed.  It's closely related cousin, the Hawai'i Akepa can still be seen in places like Hakalau on the Big Island.

by Jessica Chang (5th grade)

14 x 11
24 x 20   $100  framed + $30 ship

Student Award - Elementary School

Two charasmatic microfauna, the I'iwi and the Happy Faced Spider, act as ambassadors of our island's native species, drawing in crowds with their amicable and memorable features.


`Ie `Ie
by Bailey K.M. Onaga (Junior at Kamehameha)

11 x 15
20 x 24   $500  framed + $70 ship

Student Award - High School

`Ie `Ie can sometimes be spotted clutching the sides of steep gulches which serve as a refuge for native plants, out of reach from invasive pigs and goats.

Haleakala Hike
by Neida Bangerter

mixed media
17 x 40
18 x 41   $2800  framed + $175 ship

This painting depicts a sense of place since the beginning of the volcanic eruptions in Hawaii.

Architectural and textural builds on the panel suggest the crossover of nature and humans and the necessity to provide a delicate balance between tourism and conservation. The Nene Goose is a noble guardian and beautiful creature who needs a stable habitat for survival.


Koa Fish Hook
by Michael Federoff

koa wood & coconut sennit   
$550 + $30 ship

Last Fall I was working on my hooks, when my wife called me from a crafts fair. She said she had just met a woman named Terri from Kula who had a damaged Koa tree in her yard in danger of falling on their power line.  Terri told her that if I helped cut the tree down, that I could keep all of the Koa wood that I wanted. Well, I dropped everything, grabbed my chain saw and ladder, and headed up the hill to Kula from Kihei.  It was pouring rain, but I proceeded to cut this wonderful tree. It was my first opportunity at working with Koa that I was able to harvest on my own here on Maui.

I promised Terri that I would give her the first hook made from her tree, once the wood had cured.  The wood is beautiful, and I have since made many fish hooks, including Terri’s, as well as several benches.  My wife has even used the scrap to carve small honus, which she makes into outrigger canoe paddle holders for hanging on the wall.

This tree has been very special to me, and has helped me produce some of my best work to date, including this Koa Fish Hook piece.

Native Hibiscus
by Pam Peterson

14 x 16   $425  framed + $30 ship

I chose to plant this native hibiscus in my yard as a reminder of my childhood in Hawaii surrounded by so many beautiful plants in my grandmother's garden.  Each flower is a gift taking me back to that sweet time, and forward to the time that my grandchildren may enjoy such pleasures.


by Maile Getzen

24 x 30   $1800  gallery wrap + $125 ship

The Hinahina, or Silversword, looks like a plant from the hina, or moon.

Remote East Maui Sunset
by Chelsea Fahsholtz

9 π x 20
16 x 27   $360 + $60 ship

The photograph this image is based on was taken by David Quisenberry in 2004 while working on the Fence Crew for EMWP.  He could not say exactly where he was when he captured this breathtaking image of cloud-draped hills and koa silhouettes in the early evening.  If he had arrived at that spot a minute later the moment might have been lost. Imagine what other magnificent landscape views must exist on the far side of Haleakala - only to be witnessed by a fortunate few.

Artist Biography:
Born on Maui 1979
1997 Graduate - Seabury Hall, Makawao, Maui
2001 Graduate - University of Puget Sound
Bachelor of Arts in English with Honors
Commercial Picture Framing since 1998

2004 "Malama Wao Akua 'O Maui Hikina"
    Viewpoints Gallery, Maui


Rainbow Fern
by Rob DeCamp

12 x 17
18 x 22   $275  framed + $35 ship

In the East Maui Watershed, native ferns like the ama'u provide a vital part of the water-production equation:  A thick layer of understory ferns will help keep the ground moist and humid, thus decreasing the amount of water lost through evaporation.

Pueo's Dive
by Henry Voris

digital photo
13.5 x 10.75
19 x 16.5     $200  framed + $30 ship

The Pueo was hunting just before sunset and is backlit with a strong gold light that shines through the feathers of its wings.


I'iwi with 'Ohi'a Lehua
by Dallas Nagata (Age: 20)

16 x 20   $700  gallery wrap + $65 ship

During a cloudy afternoon at the bottom of the Waikamoi Preserve trail, the I'iwi were merrily feasting on the beautiful 'Ohi'a blossoms. This bird paused and looked towards me sideways as I snapped this photograph, from which I painted his portrait.

Dallas Nagata is a 20 year-old art student currently attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has been volunteering to help the conservation of endangered species since 1994. Her main artistic interests lie in painting and photography.

Dance of the I'iwi
by Christine Turnbull

limited edition bronze
6 x 9 x 17   $3100 + $125 ship

The base was fashioned from a piece of Naio wood, an endangered wood that used to live at the top of Haleakula.  It was cast in bronze, then attached to the base.  The I'wi bird flies above 2000 feet and it's feathers were used in King Kamehameha's coronation cloak, shown at the Bishop Museum.

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