If there were ever an awards show for wood-making in Hawaii, it would definitely be the Na Laau o Hawaii, Hawaii’s “Woodshow.”
Every year, woodcarvers from around the state enter their works into the juried woodworking exhibit. Hawaii Forestry Industry Association (HFIA) sponsors the two-week show in Honolulu as a way to promote the positive role forests play in our economy, according to a release.
The pieces on display were made from Hawaiian-grown tree species, such as koa, mango, kamani, milo, macadamia nut and kiawe. Pieces ranged from boxes and furniture to musical instruments. It’s amazing to think that something so beautiful (and functional) can come from things we often overlook.
Once on display, a team of jurors pick their favorites. Awards typically include: Career Recognition Award, as many as five First Place awards in various categories, Honorable Mention, Skolmen Award, Kent Award, Artist’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Award.
With the Hawaii Island’s vast native forest spaces, it’s no surprise that many artists from there usually win awards. During the 2013 show, for instance, five wood-working artisans from Hawaii Island got awards.