The unusual trees of Hawaii are stunning in their size and variety (not to mention the ability to grow flowers). The wood of these trees also becomes a beautiful work of art at the hands of a master artisan. Many will soon be on display in Hawaii’s Woodshow.
The annual Furniture and Woodworking Show is put on by the Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HIFA).
Fittingly, it is held at the Academy Art Center of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. This 19th show will be April 8-17. The hours are 11-6 each day, except Monday when it is closed. The show is free, but a five dollar donation is encouraged to help HIFA in its efforts to promote healthy and productive forests.
The pieces are made from Koa, Mango, Kamani, Milo, Norfolk pine, macadamia nut, Kiawe and other Hawaii-grown woods. The show restricts exhibits to the use of wood ONLY from Hawaiian-grown tree species, especially those that have been planted and brought to maturity here. However, certain rare woods such as Hala, Olopua and Kopiko are not allowed.
Organizers say Hawaii’s Woodshow is “the grandest showcase of Hawaii’s finest woodworking talent.”
More than 50 artists are expected to display their creations; some are professional, others are hobbyists. There is also a category for students and novices. One of the awards goes to the most promising artist under 18 years of age. Along with awards in categories such as: sculpture, furniture and turning, there is a Best of Show award. Judging is based on “Inspiration of Design” and “Excellence of Implementation.” Two awards are not decided by the judges: an Artists Choice Award is determined by the participating artisans and everyone who views the show may weigh in for the People’s Choice Award.
Many of these beautiful pieces are available for purchase following the show, if they didn’t get snapped up during at the Silent Auction during the VIP Opening Night Reception on April 7. I’m planning to stop by while these works are on display. These photos by Hal Lum from last year’s show are wonderful, and they make me want to see the pieces in person. The symmetry of material and design is exquisite. To again quote organizers: “Hawaii’s Woodshow is an opportunity for cultural learning through the eyes of artisans who believe in their talent, in the raw product that is the foundation for their art, and in the importance of sustaining Hawaii’s forests and its indigenous species.”
If you’re planning on visiting Hawaii during the Furniture and Woodworking Show, here are some Honolulu hotels near event.
Photos by Hal Lum, provided by the Honolulu Academy of Arts.