WHAT: Plants & Crafts: Mālama Wao Akua Closing Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, November 10 / 10am - 1pm
WHERE: Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center • 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao
WHO: Open to the public with FREE admission
Hui No‘eau and East Maui Watershed Partnership welcome the community to celebrate Plants & Crafts: Mālama Wao Akua Closing Celebration on Saturday, November 10th from 10am – 1pm at Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. View art, experience an art project or demo, shop local plants & crafts, eat, and learn more about Maui’s conservation efforts and the importance of protecting native species at this special event! The event is open to the public with free admission.
Presented in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership, this family friendly event will give the community a final chance to view the incredible artwork of 51 adults, 14 high school students, 22 middle school students, and 10 elementary school students in the Mālama Wao Akua Exhibition, which has been on display in the Hui gallery since September 14th. Mālama Wao Akua (Caring for the Realm of the Gods) is an annual juried art exhibition celebrating the native species of Maui Nui (Maui, Lana‘i, Moloka‘i, Kaho‘olawe).
Plants & Crafts: Mālama Wao Akua Closing Celebration will also include local, Made on Maui craft vendors (Rose Bailey, Jasmine Honey Designs Maui, Pu'u Hale Prints, Grace Hazel, Pam Street, Jonathan Mann and Evelyn Brown), native plant sales by Native Nursery, food by Ono Pono Acai, Maui CoconutCare and more, and educational booths hosted by Maui’s conservation organizations, including: East Maui Watershed Partnership, Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Haleakala National Park, Mauna Kahalawai Watershed Partnership (formerly known as the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership), Plant Extinction Prevention Program, Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, and Kohola Project. Each of the Hui’s art studios will be open for guests to explore. Keiki can participate in the Keiki Art Station in the Hui’s Garden, and guests can enjoy live artist demonstration in glassblowing, lei-making, jewelry, and more!
This event is also the perfect time to visit the Hui’s History Room (located within the walls of the 100-year-old historic Kaluanui home) to experience our large-scale mural created by Artist in Residence Mazatl, a graphic maker from Mexico City who utilizes public space to communicate ideas and emotions and seeks to create conversations towards collective liberation. Throughout his 6-week residency at Hui No‘eau, Mazatl’s large-scale mural was inspired by his experience on Maui, and specifically his experiences at Auwahi Forest Restoration Project in Ulupalakua. This mural will remain in the Hui’s history room for visitors to enjoy daily from 9am – 4pm with free admission.