Community celebrates native species with Hawaiʻi Nei Art Exhibition

  • Courtesy image “Pu‘u Koa Hinuhinu” by ‘Opua Kern.

  • Courtesy image “ʻO‘opu ‘Alamo‘o & ‘Ohi‘a Lehua” by Susan Champeny.

  • Courtesy image “Hau kuahiwi” by Kathleen Mishina.

The 12th annual Hawai‘i Nei Art Exhibition commenced with an open house celebration Nov. 6 at the Wailoa Center. Local artists of all ages entered pieces of art celebrating the native flora and fauna of Hawaii Island.

Winners of this year’s juried exhibition for the adult divisions included Kathleen Mishina (Jurors’ Choice), Lynn Capell, Susan Champeny, Robin Scanlon, Noah Gomes, Jan Taylor, Avalon Paradea, Scott Gorrell, Maria Macias, Emily Herb, Melisa Hicks and Mark Somers, Connie Simon, Margaret Russo, Kathleen Carr, Cody Yamaguchi, Lanaya Deily, Heidi Fickinger, Alex Wang and Andy Fiefarek.


Winners for this year’s youth divisions included Jasmine Christie (Juror’s Choice), Lewis Cameron, Jennie Kau, Kahea Levita, ‘Opua Kern, Hawelelani Camara, Sarah Kau, Jordyn Osorio, Quincy Tobey, Keoni Kamaki Cummins, Celina Chen, Miley Auth, Madelyn Awaya, Tess Hagan, Ella Mettler, Harper Highfill, Hayden Takiue, Eden Tobey, Claire Texeira and Ka ‘Umeke Ka‘eo.

Artwork will be displayed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Wailoa Center from now through Dec. 10 as well as 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 5. The Wailoa Center is closed on holidays.

COVID-19 safety protocols are enforced during the exhibition. Everyone must wear a mask when entering the Wailoa Center and maintain social distancing by following posted signs and floor markings. The center thanks the public in advance for its patience and understanding.

A virtual tour of the exhibition can be viewed at


Upcoming at Wailoa Center: Call to artists for “Plein Aire”

Wailoa Center and Hawaii Island Art Alliance announce the open call for artists for the second annual statewide juried exhibition “Plein Aire,” which will open Feb. 5, 2021.

This exhibit is open to residents of the state. The definition of Webster’s “plein aire” is “of or relating to painting in outdoor daylight. The quality of light and atmosphere out of doors, especially this quality as rendered in painting.” Artists who want to enter this exhibit will need to go to the website for more information and to submit their entries.

Richard Rochkovsky is this year’s juror and is based in Kona. Rochkovsky graduated with a bachelor of architecture with a minor in art from the University of Virginia in 1972. He has architectural works in Washington, Virginia and Hawaii.

“For me, painting furiously and intensely for three hours, trying to capture the ever-changing moods and character of a scene, is the culmination of everything that I’ve done and know — the challenge, of course, is to forget all of that and just paint — after all, it’s just light, right?” says Rochkovsky. “Many people find Hawaii to be a peaceful and restful place, while I find painting here to be loaded with energy and excitement. My paintings are filled with adjacent complementary colors and warm shadow work that reflect the vibrancy of the scene and the excitement of the moment.”


The deadline to apply for “Plein Aire” is Jan. 15, 2021. See additional details for entry by visiting and search “Plein Aire: 2nd Annual Hawaiʻi Statewide Jury Exhibition.”

If you need help navigating the entry process, a “HELP DAY” is scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 6. Reservation are required. Artists needing help should call 933-0416 or email to

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