Maui artists encouraged to go native

artwork by Beth Marcil
artwork by Beth Marcil

MAKAWAO, Maui (KHNL) -Maui's native flora and fauna will be in the spotlight for this year's Malama Wao Akua, a juried exhibition of original artwork created by Maui residents of all ages.

First held in 2004 the art exhibition seeks to illustrate the close relationship between the people of Maui and their unique island environment.

The title of the event, Malama Wao Akua in Hawaiian means the realm of the Gods, or the upper forested regions where according to Hawaiian tradition the roots and fruits of the next generation come from.

East Maui Watershed Partnership and Viewpoints Gallery are collaborating for the 2008 exhibition and encouraging all Maui artisits to get reaquainted with the aina, the land from Mauka to Makai, the ocean to the sea.

Artwork submitted for the event should portray native Maui species and landscapes including issues surrounding watershed conservation efforts.

All works must also be one of a kind originals and not previously shown in any other exhibition, gallery or website.

Entries for Malama Wao Akua are due on September 30th from 9am-4pm, at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao.

For more information on eligibility requirements, Maui artists interested in submitting their work are encouraged to contact (808) 573-6999.