The East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) and the Viewpoints Gallery will present the eighth annual juried art exhibition, Malama Wao Akua 2012 (MWA '12) on Friday in conjunction with Makawao's Third Friday Town Party. The show continues at the gallery through Sept. 16.
The Maui artists selected by this year's jurors, Connie J. Adams and Dr. Art Medeiros, will depict native flora and fauna. The public is invited to take a walk around the gallery with the jurors starting at 4 p.m. and stay for the blessing and awards at 5 p.m.
The origins of Malama Wao Akua began in a class taught by juror Adams. Kat Lui, EMWP Outreach and Education Liaison at the time, attended one of Adams' classes with the idea of combining her passion of art and conservation.
Daniel Hashimoto delivers mail to Kalaupapa in 1985.
WAYNE LEVIN photo
"However, the whole idea really began when I told Lui of an environmental exhibit that I co-chaired in Saipan years ago," said Adams. "It was a huge success with many artists - all making statements about the environment with their works."
Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao agreed to hold the show and the first exhibit went on display in 2004. Then additions were made to the 2010 show, which included Talk Story Thursdays, where EMWP hosts a different environmental expert once a week at the gallery throughout the show. All talks start at 6 p.m. The first speaker, Robert Hobdy (who is a native Plant specialist), will be the first Talk Story speaker on Aug. 23.
The Schaefer International Gallery at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului will present the historical exhibition, Reflection of Kalaupapa - Past, Present and Future - Photography by Wayne Levin, from Sunday through September 30.
The historical role of Kalaupapa, its influence and its impact on the people and communities of Hawaii is emphasized through Levin's eloquent portraits of Kalaupapa residents and their families.
Supplemented by archival documents, interviews and rarely seen historical photographs, Levin's work embodies the past and present of Kalaupapa, telling the complete story of this remote northern peninsula on the island of Molokai.
Free public events have been created to supplement the exhibition.
From 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, a talk-story session on Remembering Kalaupapa will be held in the MACC's McCoy Studio Theater. See the calendar entry on page 11 for more details.
At 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Levin will be on hand to lead an exhibit walk-through and present a lecture on "Documenting through Photography" in the Schaefer Internatinal Gallery.
For more details, call the MACC?at 242-7469.