Hawaii’s Woodshow 2017

Hawaii’s Woodshow Na La‘au o Hawaii
Celebrating  25th Anniversary in 2017

Hawaii’s WoodshowTM, Na La‘au o Hawai‘i is Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association’s (HFIA) annual juried woodworking exhibition.  The 2017 Hawaii’s Woodshow will run September 23, 2017 through October 8, 2017  at the beautiful Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery at Linekona.  Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and admission is free.

2016 Award of Merit “L’étrange” by Pat Kramer. Photo: Brad Goda

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: Best of Show, as many as five First Place awards in various categories, Honorable Mentions, Spirit of the Show, Kent Award, Artist’s Choice Award, and People’s Choice Award.

The Hawaii’s Woodshow Masters category will award premier pieces 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, Accessories, and Novice. Honorable Mentions are conferred at the discretion of the Judges.

The Spirit of the Show Award recognizes the best use of wood from under-utilized Hawaii-grown, non-native trees while meeting exhibition criteria.  Work featuring koa, mango, Cook or Norfolk Pine are not eligible  Winners of this award receive premiums underwritten by C. Barton Potter.

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.

2016 Hawaii’s Woodshow Jurors

  • Contemporary artist, sculptor and Woodturner, Betty Scarpino is recognized as one of the masters of the genre.  Her work is held in private, public and museum collections throughout the world.  Betty works full time teaching, writing, sculpting and printmaking from her home in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Her work is available for purchase at some of the finest galleries in America and she exhibits widely in juried shows.  Betty was awarded her second Creative Renewal Fellowship by the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2007.  Learn more about Betty Scarpino here.
  • Artist, author, and teacher, Duane Preble is a University of Hawaii Professor Emeritus.  He has taught a wide variety of courses, including introduction to the visual arts, art history, photography, drawing, color and design. In 1969 he was awarded a UH Excellence in Teaching Award and in 1975 was selected for listing in Outstanding Educators of America.  He has exhibited paintings, photographs and sculpture since the early sixties.  After 30 years of teaching, he retired from the University to further his own art and to help the arts become a catalyst for effective public education.  He is the original author of Artforms–an introduction to the visual arts, used by approximately 300 colleges and universities nation-wide now in its 11th edition.
  • R.W. “Rollo” Scheurenbrand, Oahu Luthier began his woodworking career in the mid-70s as a carpenter. From there he moved on to cabinetry, furniture building, woodturning and eventually found what has become his passion — building stringed instruments. Working with Hawai‘i grown woods and other tonewoods, Rollo creates one of a kind instruments emphasizing tonal characteristics, playability, craftsmanship and aesthetics. He first entered Hawaii’s Woodshow in 2002. He is now in the Career Recognition category after having won awards including Artists’ Choice and Best in Show.  He hand builds custom acoustic steel string guitars and ukuleles full time in his Kailua shop. Learn more here.

Hawaii’s Woodshow Masters  Video

How to Enter the 2016 Hawaii’s Woodshow:

  1. Fill out the Entry Form
  2. Pay for your entry(ies) and renew your membership to HFIA (if needed)

For more information about Hawaii’s Woodshow, contact Marian Yasuda via email or phone (808-221-5171).

2016 Hawaii’s Woodshow Sponsors


Kamehameha Schools

DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife
Hawai‘i Forest Institute
Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Woodcraft Hawai’i

Tusher Architectural Group

Akamai Glass Company
Bubbies Ice Cream
C. Barton Potter
Gregg Smith-Wood Turner
Ron Kent
Scheurenbrand Guitars
Shaun Fleming-Wooden Touches, LLC
Thomas Loudat
WhiteSpace Architects

2017 Hawaii’s Woodshow Sponsors



2016 Award of Distinction “Making Waves” by Frank McClure. Photo: Brad Goda

Jurors selected for 2016 Hawaii’s Woodshow

Kyle Metcalf video of 2016 Hawaii’s Wooshow

Kyle Medcalf video of 2015 Hawaii’s Woodshow

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