artist in residence


Combining carpentry skills with a love of nature, North Carolina-based Patrick Dougherty began learning about primitive building techniques and experimenting with tree saplings as construction material in 1980. Small works and single pieces on conventional pedestals soon grew into monumental site-specific installations that required sticks by the truckload. To date Patrick has built over 200 such massive sculptures all over the world and received numerous awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and NEA Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a major survey of Patrick and his work in a 2009 book entitled Stickwork.

Mahalo Nui Loa

This groundbreaking Hui project would not have been possible without the help of a strong community of inspired supporters, including nearly 200 volunteers who helped harvest materials and create the sculpture; more than 100 donors through our Kickstarter campaign, “Raise the Paddle” auction at Art Affair 2011, the Laila-Twigg Smith Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, and other individual gifts; participants of the artist talk, panel discussion, school visits, special events and program-related workshops; collaborators at MISC and DLNR; and everyone who shared this sculpture with their friends and family! Mahalo! 

About the Sculpture - “On the Wild Side”

On the Wild Side by Patrick Dougherty

The Hui was tremendously proud to work with world-renowned environmental sculptor Patrick Dougherty for a September 2011 residency. During his 3-week stay, the artist worked directly with the community to develop, plan and create a site-specific installation using saplings of invasive and non-native tree species. The final sculpture entitled “On the Wild Side” provided a treasured space for people of all ages to gather and enjoy this incredible structure made from natural materials. The sculpture aimed to cultivate community and raise awareness about Hawai‘i’s endangered ecosystems by inspiring conversation, encouraging public participation, and creating fellowship between artists and environmentalists.

“On the Wild Side” was created primarily with strawberry guava (along with eucalyptus and white ash). According to the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), strawberry guava is one of the most damaging invasive plants in the state, having no natural enemies or competitors in all of Hawai’i. The 10-30 foot tall trees leave a sea of red fruits and seeds that are ingested by birds, boar and other animals and dispersed throughout forest areas. It forms dense thickets replacing native Hawaiian plants, and damages the watershed services that diverse forests provide. One of our goals for using strawberry guava is to work with organizations like MISC to help raise awareness in the larger community about Hawai‘i’s endangered ecosystems.

The Hui’s Stickwork sculpture “On the Wild Side” brought our whole community a tremendous amount of joy since its construction in September 2011. It provided a place for everyone in our community to gather and play. Time and weather eventually took their toll; with heavy hearts, the Hui began to remove areas of the sculpture that had partially collapsed in March 2015. “On the Wild Side” exceeded the typical 3 year lifespan for Stickwork and offered many opportunities to experience and share the work of art with family, friends and community. We thank all who participated in and enjoyed this incredible project!


thank you!


Paul Alkire
George & Janet Allan
Paul Allione
Jim AltieriSitso & Maria Bediako
Judy & Bill Bisgard
Susana Browne
John Bryant
Isabelle BuellNancy & Jimmy Carmody
Catering From Soup to Nuts
Katie Chapman
Laura Civitello
Miriam Clarke
Eileen Clemente
Lana Coryell
Sabrina Coryell & David Stodder
Marcia Dewey
Jennifer Ely
Judith Evans
Dennys Eymard
Sara & Tim Farrington
Robin Ferrier
Bob Flint
Sandra Florence
Denise Flynn
Sean & Kelly Flynn
Anne-Marie Forsythe
Tim Garcia
Julie Gardner
Barbara & Michael Gartner
Robert Glick
Birgitte Golden
Steve & Tamar Goodfellow
Pam Gould
Susan & Michael Graham
Mary Grandy
Stephanie Gruenert
Hanna Hammerli
Barbara & Gary Hansen
Jimmy & Honey Bun Haynes
Shannon Hoekstra
Donna Howard
John & Lee Hoxie
Nicole Hunt
Dave & Emily Ihle
David Israelite
Frank Kane
Kathleen Kastles
Kathryn Kaufmann
Brian Kelly
Peter & Laura Kelly
Caroline Killhour
Kristin La Flamme
Laila Twigg
Smith Art Fund
Amanda Li Wilson
David Linn

Steve London & Diane Carr
Barbara Loveland
Molly Lynch
Melinda Lyon Bell
Kristina Lyons Lambert
Kathy Marchetti
Brian & Melia McHugh
Kelly McHugh
Mary-Kate McHugh
Patricia & John McHugh
Tommy & Mary-Kay McHugh
Jesse Mendelson
Fran Mitsumura
Lynn & Anne Monthaven
Tim Moore
Robert J. & Dr. Mary Lou Morgado
Jason Newman
Jupiter Nielsen
Rod & Jannie Olson
The Outrigger Pizza Company
Julie Peterson
Anne Pierce
Jim Powlan
Carol Preston
Carolyn Quan
Sandy Rice
Kathy Sakai
Gerrianne & Clyde Sakamoto
Claire Sanford
Maizie Sanford
Karuna Santoro
Carolyn & Jack Schaefer Gray
Doug & Jill Schatz
Cristina Schenk
Gage Schubert
Carol Schwarz
Esther Shimazu
Jazu Stine
Earl & Sandi Stoner
Clay Sutherland
Carol Suzuki
Molly Sykes
Cheryl Tipton
Tony Tollner
Paul TurnerJanis & Art von Thaden
Kim Willis
Cynthia Winan-Burns
William Worcester
Marcia & Klaus Zech
Carole Zoom


Rici Guild
Lauren Mekeel
Menehune Water
Helen Nielsen, President, Hawaii Coastal Land Trust
Teya Penniman, Manager, Maui Invasive Species Committee
Jordan SantosSara Tekula, Director/Producer, “Plant a Wish” Project
John Trino
Billy Welker
Briana Welker
Maggie Welker
Keith Wolter, Executive Director of the Maui AIDS Foundation and host of KAOI’s Maui Non-Profit Director’s Association Radio Show


Husa Adams
Mike Ade
Jenn Atkinson
Julia Baldwin
Kyle Barnett
Jared Barros
Wolfgang Beoker
Jill Bernshouse
Judy Bisgard
Marlee Blakeman
Lorne Boyd
Tara Branham
Zoe Brownbird
Caleb Burgess
Tom Calhoun
Miranda Camp
Kelly Cannon
John Cassel
Amy Chang
Carol Childerhose
Dan Cho
Stephanie Cliffton
Luana Coonen
Ashley Cooper
Glenn Coryell
Lana Coryell
Chris Cruikshank
Janet Davis
Lance De Silva
Rachel DeBoer
Patrick Dougherty
Rachel Edelman
ElaineDeybra Fair
Sara Farrington
Tim Farrington
Tom Faught
Robin Ferrier
Sandra Florence
Anne-Marie Forsythe
Lissa Fox
Rose Gabriel
Zachary Gabriel
Tim Garcia
Ariel Gebb
Carrie Gebb
Birgitte Golden
Irene Gombac
Suzzana Goodwin
Mary Grandy
Hanna Hammerli
Kim Harter
Rachel Hecksher
Jenny-Li Hellsen
Joani Hixen
Genesis K. Ho‘opai
Rachel Hodara
Jane Honeycutt
Harriet Huff
Michelle Jewell
Claudia Johnson
Frank Kane
Kathryn Kaufmann
Lauren Kennedy
Caroline Killhour
Gilson Killhour
Heide Karin Konwalinka
Stephanie “Mapu” Kowalski

Ted Krawczyk
Larry Lambert
Becky Lewis
Pua Logan
Bev Lundquist
Rainelle Lushina
Christine MacDonald
Kathleen MacDonald
Claudio Marchetti
Don May
Kari McCarthy
Kelly McHugh
Kay McLeod
Colin Meston
Keri Meyer
Robert Meyer
Elizabeth Michalkow
Chris Miller
Gabe Mott
Jarod Mower
Taylor Nevhoff
Joan Nielsen
Jupiter Nielsen
Charlie Noland
Nathalie Nuñez
Maya Okamara
Ana Olvera
Kathy Parish
David Parrish
Jeanne Paynick
Carl Polk
Linda Proshe
Amy Puz
Rachel Ray
Ryan Rea
Sandy Rice
Miguel Rivas
Bridget Ryan
Gena Ryan
Rita Ryan
Stephanie Sachs
Renee Sante
Karuna Santoro
Jordan Santos
Linda Schenk
Wolfram Schenk
Carla Schneider
Carol Schwarz
Jenny Sheeham
Julio Spee
Michael Stone
Amy Tanzman
Carla Thistle
Courtney Turner
Abelardo Rojas Umana
Leaf Van Alstine
Christian Visoria
Fiama Von Shuetze
Neil Waring
Ed Weller
Linda Weller
Chet Witek
Grace Woods
Bill Worcester
Kathy Yoo
Nicklaus Yoo
Steve Yoo



Pam Andelin & Chuck Gray
Kathy BaldwinJill Bernshouse
Billy & Judy Bisgard
Patrick Dougherty
Ron Durette
Tim & Sara Farrington
Dr. James & Robin Ferrier
Tim Garcia
Lynne Gilroy & Don Bernshouse
Birgitte Golden
Ruth Goodfellow
Shannon Hoekstra
Donna Howard
Kimberly Howard-Carhart
Hal Jobe & Gary Mohrlang
Gilson & Caroline Killhour
Heidi Karin Konwalinka
Ted Krawczyk
Thomas Lambert & Kristina Lyons Lambert
Craig Lofton
Anders Lyons & Kiera Strohm-Herman
Judy McCorkle & Tom Reed
Teya & Jay Penniman
Wendy Peterson
Sandy Rice
Don Shamblin & Vincent Palmieri
Jill Spalding
Jane Thompson
Janis von Thaden


“Twigonometry” by Paul Wood, Hana Hou, The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, February/ March 2012
“Sticking Together” by Kehaulani Cerizo, Maui News, October 16, 2011
“Kia`i Moku: Positive Spin on Invasive Species…” by Lissa Fox, Maui News, September 11, 2011
“Twigonometry” by Tom Stevens, On Maui, September-October 2011
“Interwoven art, community at Hui“, Maui News, September 8, 2011
“A Well-Intended Tangle” by Paul Wood, Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine, July-August 2011
Patrick Dougherty Website
“Building with Sticks and Stones” by Penelope Green, New York Times, October 2010
Update on the forthcoming “Bending Sticks” feature-length documentary
Dougherty receives Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art

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