20th Annual Hawaii Woodshow at Honolulu Museum of Art

Artwork shaped by Hawaiian artists will be on display at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The show (Na La’au o Hawaii) will open on April 1st and will run through April 15th; it will include nearly 90 pieces of woodwork. The artwork submitted to the show ranges in form, but could all be considered heirloom quality works that are made from rare hardwoods, such as Koa, Mango, Kamani, Milo, Norfolk Pine, Macadamia Nut, and Kiawe, just to name a few. The wood show promotes the idea of artists using hardwoods that were primarily grown in Hawaii, and brought to maturity in the islands. Promoting the positive role the forests play in the economy and ecology of Hawaii, and promoting the planting of native and non-native high value hardwoods for future generations.

The judges for the competition are selected from a broad range of expertise, and are made up of three individuals. Judging is based on two ideologies, “Inspiration of Design” and “Excellence of Implementation.” Judges select multiple entries from each category, creating a pool of entries from which the First Place and Honorable Mention awards are nominated.


Awards will be given out for submitted artwork, including a Career Recognition Award, up to 5 First Place Awards, Honorable Mentions, Skolmen Award, Kent Award, People’s Choice Award, and Artist’s Choice Award. The Skolmen Award recognizes works that use wood from lesser-known, non-native trees, and honors the work of Dr. Roger G. Skolmen who did groundbreaking research on the mechanical properties of Hawai’i grown-timber species. The Kent Award is sponsored by artist Ron Kent, and recognizes and encourages the most promising artist under 18.

Hawai’i Forest Inudstry Association

Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) hosts the annual Woodshow. Established in 1989, HFIA is a nonprofit corporation founded by and for people dedicated to responsible forest management. HFIA’s programs promote healthier forests, increased business in Hawaii’s estimated $30.7 million annual forest industry, and more jobs within the sector.

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