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Art show explores Maui’s native species

By Staff | Sep 26, 2013

MAKAWAO – The East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) and Viewpoints Gallery are proud to announce Malama Wao Akua 2013, their ninth annual native species juried art exhibition

This month-long show displays artwork from local Maui artists featuring Maui’s native flora and fauna.

This art exhibition invites the public to learn about Maui’s watersheds and the native species that live in them.

The opening night at Viewpoints Gallery is Friday, Sept. 27, with a jurors’ walkthough at 4 p.m., followed by a traditional Hawaiian blessing, award ceremony and traditional Hawaiian music at 5 p.m.

Throughout the show, events will be held to further educate the public about environmental efforts on Maui and the East Maui Watershed.

Every Thursday at 5 p.m., Viewpoints Gallery will host a different environmental expert during the free “Talk Story Thursdays” lecture series.

The schedule is: Oct. 3, Hank Oppenheimer, coordinator for Maui Nui’s Plant Extinction Protection Program; Oct. 10, Dr. Art Medeiros, U.S. Geological Survey research biologist and technical advisor to Leeward Haleakala Restoration Project; Oct. 17, East Maui Watershed Partnership Program Manager Randy Bartlett, who will discuss the health of the East Maui Watershed and the work being done to protect it.

Newly added this year is a Native Lei-Making Workshop with Kalia Kelmenson on Oct. 19. Space is limited; contact Viewpoints Gallery at 572-5979 to register.

For more information, visit www.eastmauiwatershed.org.