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Hawai‘i Nei art contest entries accepted

Calling all Hawaii Island artists!

The Three Mountain Alliance, Natural Area Reserves System and Wailoa Center announce the ninth annual Hawai‘i Nei, a juried art exhibition celebrating the native flora and fauna of Hawaii Island.

Amateur and professional artists of all ages are invited to submit works of art showcasing the native plants, animals and habitats of Hawaii Island.

All residents of Hawaii Island are eligible to participate. Artwork will be displayed at the Wailoa Center from Nov. 3 to Dec. 15. Additionally, the exhibition will be viewed by the Acquisition Award Selection Committee under the Hawaii State Foundation.

Each year, Hawaiʻi Nei selects a featured category to highlight a special species, theme or event. While the featured category is meant to help inspire the artist, artwork is not limited strictly to the featured category. The 2017 featured category is Kumulaʻau — native trees.

Artwork in any medium or combination of media is welcome. All artwork must be registered online by Oct. 19 at A photo of the artwork and entry fees are required with registration.

Artwork drop-off dates, times and locations are:

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 28 at Wailoa Center in Hilo.

As a prelude to the November exhibition, artists are invited to participant in an upcoming Art Adventure. On Sept. 16, participants will have an opportunity to explore the native flora and fauna through an interpretive hike of Keauhou, Kaʻu. The Art Adventure also will include a kapala-inspired block carving workshop led by Hawai‘i Nei committee member Emily Leucht.

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