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2023 Hawaii’s Woodshow Na Lā’au o Hawai’i

Best of Show – Luke Shaffer – “Spark”
Award of Distinction Bob Butts Curly Koa Hope Chest
Main Division First Place: John Mydock – Aloha Reef
Honorable Mention – Reed Anderson – Torus Chair
Honorable Mention – Derek Bencomo – Ocean Harmony, Curly Koa
Honorable Mention – Bill DeMent – Six Wooden Chalices

Photographer: Brad Goda

2023 Awards

2023 Hawaii’s Woodshow

The 2023 Hawaii’s Woodshow™, Na La‘au o Hawai‘i was the Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association’s (HFIA) 31st Anniversary woodworking exhibition.  Attendees were treated to extraordinary heirloom-quality works made from interesting and beautiful Hawai‘i-grown woods.  Hawaii’s Woodshow encourages an appreciation for the participating artists and the materials they use.   The Woodshow 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 selected awards based on a balanced knowledge of contemporary woodworking and Hawai‘i forestry.  Awards are based on ‘Inspiration of Design” and “Excellence of Implementation”.  This year’s jurors are Bart Potter, Alan Wilkinson, and Diane K.W.

A portion of sales from this year’s Hawaii’s Woodshow will be donated to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund.

HFIA was excited to welcome back former Woodshow Coordinator Marian Yasuda.  Mahalo to Diana Ching for coordinating Hawaii’s Woodshow the past three years.

Kyle Metcalf 2023 Woodshow Video Tour

Marian Yasuda, Coordinator
Hawaii’s Woodshow 2023

Winners Press Release
Hawaii’s Woodshow 2023 | Go Hawaii
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2023 Hawaii’s Woodshow Press Release-8-24-2023
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2023 Hawaii’s Woodshow Sponsors

Koa ($10,000 and above)
Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Milo ($5,000-$9,999)
Hawai‘i Forest Institute
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Community Enrichment Program/O‘ahu Visitors Bureau

Kamani ($1,000-$4,999)
DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife
Forest Solutions, Inc.
Marian Yasuda
Ron and Myra Kent Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation
Siglo Tonewoods
Tusher Architectural Group

Hāpuʻu ($500-$999)
Guy Cellier
CN Renewables/Honua Ola Bioenergy
Pu’uhonua Society

Maile (Up to $499)
Akamai Glass Company, Inc
Dick Willson
Hawai‘i Wood Utilization Team
Peter Simmons-In the Woods
Scheurenbrand Guitars
Tai Lake Fine Woodworking

Hawaii’s Woodshow Facebook

2023 Hawaii’s Woodshow Auction Frank McClure’s Making Waves
This is a unique opportunity to acquire this award-winning 3-piece Milo bowl set made by master craftsman Frank McClure. The set received the Award of Distinction in the Master’s Category at the 2016 Hawaii’s Woodshow. It is finely crafted from Milo (Thespersia populnea) These pieces were carved from a South Kona coastal tree that was blown down by a winter storm. Frank’s website:

3-Piece Milo Bowl Set by award-winning artist Frank McClure (Retail value: $5,000) Photo: Brad Goda

This year’s Hawaii’s Woodshow ncluded two educational displays: “Go Native: Growing a Native Hawaiian Urban Forest” and “Hāloa ‘āina Reforestation Project.

Best of Show Luke Shaffer…Spark. Photo: Brad Goda


An exciting component of Hawaii’s Woodshow is the Innovation + Imagination (I+I) Student Challenge, a division that was initiated in 2017 to introduce students to the diverse world of Hawai‘i woods.  Students are challenged to construct artwork using a mixture of donated Hawai‘i-grown wood and other materials of their choice.

The Student Challenge is coordinated by Steven Hill, IDSA, the 3DLab Director at University of Hawai’i-Mānoa School of Architecture. The program exposes students to a hands-on experience of design and production as well as familiarizes them with the value of using locally sourced resources. Schools that have participated in the student challenge include University of Hawai’i-Mānoa School of Architecture, Brigham Young University–Hawaii, Maui and Kalani High Schools, Mid-Pacific Owl Robotics, Olomana School, and Punahou School.


Puʻuhonua Awards:
Kate Kaneshiro, Stephanie LeeHōkūle‘a Model
Hunter Wells…Somnolent

High School:
First Place Individual: K.B…3-D Star Puzzle
First Place Team: Kate Kaneshiro & Stephanie Lee…Hōkūle‘a Model
Honorable Mention: K.W. …Table Lamp

First Place: Hunter Wells…Somnolent
Second Place: Angelie Mae Mariano…Becoming
Third Place: Michelle Lee…Ambient Desk Light
Fourth Place: Monson Taiapa…Maori Taiaha #122

Honorable Mention:
Demitrio Castillo Japanese Lantern Lamp
Monson Taiapa…Maori Taiaha #121

Kent Awards:
Exploration: Hui Aloha ʻĀina Momona…Surf Professor
Most Promising Young Artist: Hunter Wells…Somnolent
Best Emerging Artist: Randy Erickson…Koa Rocking Chair


Daniel Le I+I Video:

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