Hawai‘i Nei 2013 opened to an enthusiastic crowd Nov. 1, with more than 400 people attending the art exhibit and awards ceremonies for the youth and adult categories. Several random raffle drawings were hosted, a native species costume contest got a round of applause and many artists received well-deserved awards for their very creative works of art.
Designed by Jackson Bauer, one star of the show was an installation featuring 2,000 origami palila birds hanging from a steel structure, forming a cube, representing the last remaining palila living on the slopes of Mauna Kea. Its simple message was “That’s it. No more. Nowhere else.”
Here are the winners of this year’s show: Jurors’ Choice — “The Vanishing Palila” by Dennis Leatherman; Two- Dimensional Work (professional), “Place of Refuge” by Margaret Barnaby, and (amateur), “Keaka o ka keiki” by Carol Noel; Three-Dimensional Work (professional), “Pueo: Owls from ridge to reef” by John Mydock; Photography (professional), “‘Apapane Sunset” by Joseph Ruesing and (amateur) “Twofold Ascension” by Arthur Wierzchos; Contemporary, “Loulu” by Lanaya Deily; “Ka leo hone o ka palila: The sweet voices of the Palila (focus category)” (professional), “Palila confection” by Kathleen Kam and (amateur) “Modern Family” by Marilee Krinitt; “Ho‘ohanohano na keiki o Kekaha: Honoring the children of the Kaha lands (Focus category: Dry Forest Plants), (professional) “Na pua o Kaupulehu II” by Kathleen Kam.
In the youth division, these were the winners: Jurors’ Choice — “Dance of Birds” by Group Incense, a S.E.E.D. Program; High School, “Dragon Bones” by Arah Ko; Middle School, “Refresh” by Madison Pratt; Upper Elementary, “’Oka‘i” by Aliyah Ho‘okano; Lower Elementary, “Deep Creep” by Elijah Rogers; Elementary Group, “’I’iwi Totem” by Connections Public Charter School; Second Grade Class — “Ka leo hone o ka palila: The sweet voices of the palila,” “Palila in the Jet Stream” by Dakota Hill; Group First Place, “Palilas Love Mamane” by Waiakeawaena School.
Wailoa Art &Cultural Center is an agency of the Division of State Parks, Department of Land and Natural Resources. It is free and open to the public 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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