Wailea Food & Wine Celebration, Portfolio Day & Arts Advocacy
November 30, 2011November presented the Hui’s 5th annual Wailea Food & Wine Celebration, Li`ula i Wailea - Twilight at Wailea. Held in the elegant Hotel Wailea, elegant, guests sampled exceptional wines provided by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants and the best in Maui cuisine from the finest local restaurants and chefs while bidding on fine art, auction items, and an elegant dinner package presented by Hali‘imaile General Store and Chambers & Chambers at the Hui’s historic Kaluanui Estate. We also celebrated our 5th annual Portfolio Day, featuring admissions representatives from 4 of the nation’s top art schools. Specifically developed for those interested in pursuing a career in the arts, this free program offers concentrated one-on-one consultations with experienced representatives from fine arts colleges. Additionally in November, staff members presented the Hui’s emergent Arts for Social Change Initiative at the EXPO for Community Change, presented by the Hawaii People's Fund & Hawaii Community Foundation on Oahu. One of 30 groups represented in the EXPO, Hui No‘eau rubbed shoulders with fellow grantees also doing work for progressive social change in many intersecting arenas including: Advocacy for Women/Youth/LGBTIQ, Cultural Continuity & Indigenous Rights, Criminal, Economic, Environmental, Media, Racial & Social Justice, Food Sovereignty and Peace & Demilitarization. The Hui was also represented by staff at the National Conference for Community Arts Education in Boston- the preeminent gathering of community arts education leaders in the United States. The intensive 4-day workshop was attended by 700+ community arts leaders joining together to share research on best practices in the field, national fundraising and advocacy trends, and strategies on developing geographically- relevant programming and collaborations.