In May 2004, the call went out to the Maui community – take part in an art contest to celebrate the native plants, birds, insects, and fish of East Maui’s Watershed! The name of the contest means to protect wao akua (realm of the gods), the upper forested watershed of maui hikina (East Maui).
The community responded. Over 60 people went on special art hikes into Waikamoi Preserve, to experience a native forest first-hand. On August 31st, 65 people entered their artwork in the competition (56 adults, 9 keiki). Jurors George Allan and Phil Sabado selected 52 piecies for the show – 45 from the adult division and 7 in the keiki (middle school or lower) division.
The art show was dislpayed at three venues across East Maui. Starting at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao, September 2-29, the show travelled to Haleakalā National Park September 30-November 2 and closed at the Hana Public Library (808-248-4848) November 4-30.