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Tree of the Month!
Since this year's Featured Category is Kumulāʻau: Trees, we thought it would be fun to have a Tree of the Month contest and would like to invite you all to submit artwork, including photography, of the monthly tree.
If you are interested in participating, please add your image to the comments below or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 14th of each month. After the 14th, we will post all artwork in a monthly album to our Facebook page where others can vote for their favorite.
The winner of each month will have their contest entry fee waived for the November exhibition.
Mahalo nui loa to all the artists who participated in our first Tree of the Month contest. Please vote for the winner by clicking 'like' on your favorite image. The winner will be announced at the end of the month!
Vote for your favorite tree at: Facebook.com/HawaiiNei
This month's contest features 'iliahi. Also known as sandalwood (Santalaceae sp.), 'iliahi can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most often their leaves are pale-green with dull-red or greenish flowers and small purple fruits. Traditionally the flowers were added to the water used for making kapa, infusing the fragrance within the cloth. Interestingly, they are hemiparasitic and obtain most of their nourishment from other plants. Along with photosynthesis, they extract food using their root system by attaching to other nearby plants. During the 19th century, 'iliahi was intensively traded and overexploited. Between 1815 and 1826, vast quantities were were shipped to China where it was used to make carved objects, boxes, incense, and perfume. The results of this trade has left the landscape across the islands scarred and degraded. Even today, their fragrant heartwood is still prized. Some land owners have began to replant depleted forests in hopes of creating a more sustainable future for this rare native tree (Stone & Pratt, 2002).
Hawai'i Teas and Native Trees Art Workshop
As a prelude to the November exhibition, Hawai‘i Nei is excited to announce an upcoming workshop, “Hawai‘i Teas and Native Trees.” Bring your favorite tea cup and join us at Wailoa Center on Saturday, May 13th for an afternoon of artisanal tea and creativity. This event will feature a brief presentation by local tea cultivator and Hawai‘i Tea Society board member, Eva Lee. Participants will be guided by instructor, Darcy Gray, creating contemporary abstract pieces of art while incorporating this year’s featured category, Kumulāʻau.
Registration and a $40 fee for this event is required. Space is limited. Call Emily Leucht at (808) 430-1994 with any questions. Registration deadline is May 8, 2017
When: Saturday, May 13th 2017
Where: Wailoa Center, 200 Piopio St, Hilo, HI 96720
Materials Fee: $40