Malama Wao Akua winds down

Hui No‘eau creates festive family-friendly event to close exhibit

Saturday is the last opportunity to view Malama Wao Akua, the joint exhibition between the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center and the East Maui Watershed Partnership, during the Plants & Crafts Closing Celebration. Bryan Berkowitz photo

The public is invited to the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 for the Plants & Crafts: Malama Wao Akua Closing Celebration.

Presented in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership, this family friendly event will give the community a final chance to view the juried artwork that was selected for this years Malama Wao Akua (Caring for the Realm of the Gods) annual art exhibition. Malama Wao Akua celebrates the native species of Maui Nui, which includes Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kaho’olawe.

The closing celebration is the public’s last opportunity to view the work of 51 adults, 14 high school students, 22 middle school students and 10 elementary school students and vote for the “People’s Choice Award,” yet to be decided.

The Plants & Crafts closing celebration will include local, Made on Maui craft vendors including Rose Bailey, Jasmine Honey Jewelry, Cherie Attix, Grace Hazel, Pam Street, Jonathan Mann and Evelyn Brown. Native plants will be available for purchase from Native Nursery. If you arrive hungry, check out the food available for purchase from Ono Pono Acai and Maui Empanadas. Maui Coconut Care will be selling coconuts for people to drink from and eat, as well.

Attendees can also visit the education booths hosted by Maui’s conservation organizations including EMWP, Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Haleakala National Park, Mauna Kahalawai Watershed Partnership (formerly known as the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership), Plant Extinction Prevention Program, Maui Nui Marine Response Center and Kohala Project.

Each of the Hui’s art studios will be open for guests to explore. Keiki can participate in the Keiki Art Station in the Hui’s garden. During the day, glassblowing, lei-making, jewelry demonstrations and more will be on-going.

This event is also a perfect time to visit the Hui’s History Room, located within the walls of 100-year-old historic Kaluanui, to experience the large-scale mural created by Artist-in-Residence Mazatl earlier this year. Mazatl is a graphic maker from Mexico City who utilizes public space to communicate ideas and emotions while seeking to create conversations towards collective liberation.

During his six-week residency at the Hui, Mazatl’s large-scale mural was inspired by his experience on Maui — specifically the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project in Ulupalakua.

The Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center is located at 2841 Baldwin Ave. Admission is free and the exhibits are open to the public during normal operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information about the Hui, call 572-6560 or visit www.huinoeau.com. For more information about the East Maui Watershed Partnership, visit www.eastmauiwatershed.org or call 573-6999.