Community celebrates native species with Hawaiʻi Nei Art Exhibition

Hawaii Tribune Herald

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

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