Hawaii’s Woodshow Na La‘au o Hawai‘i
Hawaii’s WoodshowTM, Na La‘au o Hawai‘i is Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association’s (HFIA) annual juried woodworking exhibition, which is typically held at the beautiful Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery at Linekona.
Attendees to Hawaii’s WoodshowTM are treated to extraordinary heirloom-quality works made from Koa, Mango, Kamani, Milo, Norfolk pine, macadamia nut, Kiawe and other interesting and beautiful Hawai‘i-grown woods. Hawaii’s Woodshow encourages an appreciation for the participating artists and the materials they use. It promotes the positive role forests play in our economy and ecology. The Show calls for the use of wood from Hawaiian-grown tree species, especially those that have been planted and brought to maturity here in Hawai‘i. It serves as a reference point for the planting of native and non-native high value hardwoods for future generations.
Three Jurors are selected from a broad range of expertise. Typically one juror is a nationally renowned artist from the abroad. Judging is based on “Inspiration of Design” and “Excellence of Implementation.” In the initial round of judging, each judge selects multiple entries from each category creating a pool of entries from each category, from which the First Place and Honorable Mention Awards are selected.
Awards typically include: Career Recognition Award, as many as five First Place awards in various categories, Honorable Mentions, Skolmen Award, Kent Award, Artist’s Choice Award, and People’s Choice Award.
This Career Recognition Award is presented to the artist of a single premier piece submitted by one of several invited artists. The invited artists have accumulated many awards throughout the Woodshow history and are no longer competing for awards in the main category.
First Place Award categories are typically Furniture, Sculpture, Musical Instrument, Turning, Open, and Novice. Honorable Mentions are conferred at the discretion of the Judges.
The Skolmen Award is intended to stimulate and reward creative promotion of woods from lesser-know, non-native trees. The award honors Dr. Roger G. Skolmen who, while with the Honolulu office of the USDA Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry, did groundbreaking research on the mechanical properties of Hawai‘i-grown timber species. Winners of this award received premiums underwritten by C. Barton Potter Co. as well as a copy of Common Forest Trees donated by the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and co-authored by Dr. Skolmen.
The Kent Award, sponsored by artist Ron Kent, recognizes and encourages the most promising artist under 18 year of age
The People’s Choice Award is based on a tally of the votes by the viewing public and the Artist’s Choice Award is a tally of votes by the participating artisans.
For more information about Hawaii’s Woodshow, contact Andy Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-778-7036.
2014 Hawaii’s Woodshow Sponsors
DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Bubbies Ice Cream
C. Barton Potter
Hawai‘i Forest Institute
Ron and Myra Kent
Tom Loudat and Nadia Savoldilli
Tusher Architectural Group
Gregg Smith Woodturner
Halekulani on the Beach at Waikiki
Senate Certificate for 2012 Hawaii’s Woodshow