Opening Reception:
September 13, from 5 to 8pm

Exhibition in Gallery:
September 13 – November 2
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center
2841 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao, HI 96768
Daily 9am – 4pm; Free Admission

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center and East Maui Watershed Partnership present the 15th annual Malama Wao Akua, a fine art exhibition that creatively merges the worlds of art and conservation with works of art that honor Maui Nui’s native plant and animal species. The exhibition is sponsored, in part, by the Hawai‘i Tourism Community Enrichment Program.

Hui No‘eau and East Maui Watershed Partnership invites Maui artists working in any medium to create work depicting only species native to Maui Nui (Maui, Lana‘i, Moloka‘i, Kaho‘olawe), a landscape showcasing only native Maui Nui species, or people working to protect Maui’s native species and native habitats from the mountain to the near shore reef. Malama Wao Akua is a juried fine art exhibition with entry categories open to adults as well as elementary, middle & high school students residing in Maui Nui. Prospectus and Entry Forms are available online at

Esteemed Juror Joëlle C. is an Artist and a Curator at Viewpoints Gallery. Originally from Paris, where she began her formal studies in art, Joëlle Chicheportiche Perz embarked on a worldwide quest with a paintbrush in her suitcase and the vision of an artist in her heart. After acquiring her Fine Art and Art History education at the University of Aix-en-Provence, in 1972 she went to study mural painting in Mexico and printmaking in San Francisco. Her unwavering appetite for learning and experimenting lead her to deepen her knowledge of colors and recently to paint on carved wood, a unique technique combining both her experience in painting and printmaking. Beyond techniques, her paintings reflect an intimate joy for color, light and a poetic approach to reality. Attracted by the merging of cultures in a place where nature is still in the making Joëlle has been residing on Maui since 1982, the place she now calls home. In 1989, Joëlle was one of the founders of Viewpoints Gallery of which she is presently the Art Director. Introducing shows that make Art an integrated part of the community and displaying them masterfully has been a big part of her artistic endeavors. Her efforts and achievements in this field led her to being asked to install Art Maui show at the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for the past 10 years.

Esteemed Juror Bob Hobdy is a well-known retired Forester and Environmental Consultant. Bob Hobdy specializes in surveying flora and fauna in Maui. He has a degree in forestry from Oregon State University and his career with the Department of Land & Natural Resources spanned over forty years. Bob is a Hawaiian native plant expert, and is credited with discovering 12 new indigenous species of plants, several of which are named after him. He has served on many committees and boards in Maui, including the Maui County Arborist Advisory Committee and the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens Board of Directors.

“Talk Story” Thursdays will take place at the Hui throughout the exhibition featuring different industry leaders from the field of conservation. Talks will take place from 5-6pm on the following dates:

• September 26: Dr. Arthur Medeiros; Auwahi Forest Restoration Project, PCSU Dr. Arthur Medeiros has spent over three decades exploring and evaluating Hawaiian biota and developing ecological restoration methods centered on native watershed forests.

• October 24: Dr. Fern Duvall II, Maui Nui Program Manager, DLNR/DOFAW Ecosystems Protection and Management. Dr. Fern Duvall II works closely with conservation agencies to enhance and conserve biodiversity and preservation of the most unique and pristine lands in the state.
Information available at or by calling 573-6999.

Hui No‘eau is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community-based, visual arts education organization offering open access to quality visual arts instruction by professional teaching artists and arts opportunities through year round youth and adult art classes, exhibitions, outreach programs, community art events, and more. The Hui is open to the public daily from 9am-4pm with free admission.

East Maui Watershed Partnership is committed to protecting our islands fresh water source and native rainforest health. The 100,000 acre East Maui watershed produces over 60 billion gallons of water a year and is home to many rare and endangered species. These watersheds represent our source of water, culture, and biodiversity. Learn more at


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