Event organizers want to challenge more people to get inspired by Maui’s native species as MWA celebrates 20 years as the first watershed partnership in the state.
Maui’s watershed is home to unique species of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. From mauka to makai, these unique species help keep our water supply flowing and create a beauty that stands out from the rest.
Local artists of all ages from Maui County are invited to submit work showcasing Maui Nui’s native flora and fauna on Monday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Viewpoints Gallery.
Artists not familiar with native species are invited to participate in hikes offered by East Maui Watershed Partnership over the next few months in The Nature Conservancy’s Waika-moi Preserve. Hikes vary from short, half-day 2.25-mile Birdloop walk to a longer, more moderate 3-mile Boardwalk hike that reaches an almost 100 percent native forest.
Entry forms and contest rules are available on line at www.eastmauiwatershed.org.
The jurors this year will be Judy Bisgard and Robert Hobdy. Entry is $10 per adult and $5 for kids. Multiple entries are allowed. Teachers are also welcome to have students participate; special entry forms can be found online.
Artists not familiar with native species are invited to participate in hikes offered by EMWP over the next few months in The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve. Hikes vary from short, half-day 2.25-mile Birdloop walk to a longer, more moderate 3-mile Boardwalk hike that reaches an almost 100 percent native forest.
Birdloop hikes will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Tuesday, Sept. 13. Boardwalk hikes will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 24.
Hikes start at 8 a.m.; limited carpooling is available from Pukalani. Call EMWP at (808) 573-6999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and for more information.
The Fleming Arboretum at Pu‘u Mahoe will also sponsor special tours for artists, which will be led by local conservation experts. Maui species of fruit and flowers will be marked for the artists. Tours will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, led by Hawaiian botanist and historian Hobdy, and on Saturday, Sept. 24, led by Hawai‘i wildlife and conservation specialist Dr. Fern Duvall.
Tours start at 10 a.m. in Kula to caravan to the arboretum. Participants are asked to bring their lunch for a picnic overlooking a commanding view of La Perouse Bay. The arboretum will provide an ice chest of refreshments, including water and assorted soft drinks throughout the day.
Each event is limited to 20 artists. Call (808) 572-1097 for more information and reservations or email email@example.com.