Mahalo letter: Hawaii Nei a big success at Wailoa

During the month of November, the Hawaii Nei Art Contest was attended by an overwhelming amount of visitors who viewed an exhibit which consisted of art exclusively dedicated to depicting the imagery of species native to the Big Island of Hawaii. Visitors were asked to vote for their favorite art work in the display, and out of the 260 entries, the public picked “Pueo: Hawaiian Owls from Ridge to Reef” by John Mydock to be the 2013 People’s Choice Award Winner.

Hawaii has many species of plants, animals and insects found nowhere else on the planet. Our unique ecosystem began evolving millennia ago, as a few seeds and animals found their way to our isolated islands. Over time, these pioneer species grew into a variety of plants and animals especially adapted to our aina.

Hawaii Nei is an annual juried art exhibition celebrating these unique, native species and is sponsored in collaboration with the Wailoa Art and Cultural Center, the Three Mountain Alliance, Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project and the Natural Area Reserves System. This collaboration would like to thank all of our kind and generous supporters who have encouraged us to continue our efforts in education and in providing awareness programs dedicated to our native species.

Codie M. King

Wailoa Arts &Cultural Center


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