september 2017 at hui no‘eau

Malama Wao Akua
In Gallery from September 15 to November 7
Opening Reception: September 15 from 5 to 8pm
Jurors: Tamara Sherill, Executive Director of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens; Mike Takemoto, Maui artist and Assistant Professor at UH Maui College

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) brings you Malama Wao Akua (Caring for the Realm of the Gods) – a juried art exhibition celebrating the native species of Maui Nui (Maui, Lana‘i, Moloka‘i, Kaho‘olawe). We invite Maui artists to explore our watersheds and use their creative talents to raise awareness about the importance of protecting native species.

Selected artwork should be successful in sharing knowledge of the watersheds and native species with others in a meaningful way.  Artwork will also be selected based upon a number of criteria, including originality of concept, creativity, technique, professionalism, and presentation. A jurying team with expertise in both art and conservation will select from among the pool of entries. Works in any medium are welcome! Application and prospectus available at

‘Talk Story’ & Demonstration with Pi‘ilani Lua
Friday, September 22, from 10:30 to 11:30am

Join kumu hula Pi‘ilani Lua for a casual conversation and demonstration. Born and raised on O‘ahu, Pi‘ilani now lives in Hana, Maui, her ancestral home, where she works at Kahanu Garden. Pi‘ilani is a descendant of Kahanu who was awarded that land in 1848 by Kamehameha III.  Pi‘ilani is a Merrie Monarch Judge and will judge for the third time in a row next year. She is the founder of the Ke Alohi Singles hula competition held at Waimea Valley on O‘ahu, where she had a halau (Halau O Waimea) from 1980-1992. Pi‘ilani is also 1985 Lei Queen for the Honolulu City and County. Hui No’eau’s Art with Aloha Program is sponsored by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority.

Ti Leaf & Haku Lei Workshop with Pi‘ilani Lua
Friday, September 22, from 12 to 4pm

In this class, students will learn the basics of making a ti leaf neck lei and haku head lei (lei po‘o). A joy to make and receive, lei are a beautiful expression of aloha and knowing how to make them is a very useful skill! Visit to register.

Talk Story & Demonstration with Lufi Luteru – FREE!
Friday, October 6, from 10am to 12pm

Join Lufi Luteru and learn about her various creative endeavors as a native Hawaiian artist. Through this casual and conversational format, Lufi will share some examples and images of her wearable works of art and also demonstrate lauhala weaving. Lufi Luteru is kupa‘aina from Makaha Valley, O‘ahu. She is a diversified entrepreneur and a kanaka maoli weaver and jewelry designer who shares her visual philosophies, education, and ancestral stories through creations of Hawaiian fiber art, custom-made jewelry, and wearable art. Luteru earned her BA and MA at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa where she has also taught as a lecturer. Luteru has annually participated in the MAMo Native Hawaiian Art events including the Art Markets and Wearable Arts Fashion Shows since their beginning in 2006. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries and exhibitions and her poetry has been featured in journals and books of Native Hawaiian writing. Hui No’eau’s Art with Aloha Program is sponsored by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority.

Lauhala Star Ornament Workshop with Lufi Luteru
Friday, October 6, from 1 to 4pm

In this short workshop that immediately follows the “talk story” session, students will learn more about how to weave with lauhala, the leaves of the hala tree. Lufi will give a demonstration and guide participants as they make their very own keepsake star shaped ornament—perfect for the holidays! Visit to register.

Lauhala Bracelet Workshop with Lufi Luteru
Saturday, October 7, from 9am to 12:30pm

Explore and discover wearable art as you learn to weave with lauhala. Lufi Luteru will guide students as they create a handmade barrel bracelet with the leaves of the hala tree. Lufi will also provide demonstrations and give students step-by-step instructions so that you’ll walk away with a bracelet that is ready to wear. Visit to register for this one-of-a-kind workshop.



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