Millennium ago, a few hearty seeds and animals made it here and over time, they evolved into many different species, especially suited to the unique environment of our islands. The art exhibition, Hawaiʻi Nei was created with the intent to celebrate these kamaʻāina, while educating the public about these same organisms. Artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to learn more about the plants and animals native to Hawaii Island and depict these species in the media of their choosing. As a result the exhibition features works from elementary students to renowned local artists; photography to sculpture: all focusing on the unique flora and fauna that makes our home distinctively Hawaiʻi.
Since 2009, Hawai‘i Nei has been a collaboration among the Three Mountain Alliance, a watershed coalition working across private, state, and federal lands to sustainably manage over one million acres for natural and cultural resources; the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) and the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project, both programs within the Hawai‘i State Department of Land & Natural Resources, working to protect the best of Hawai‘i’s native ecosystems and species like the rare finch-billed Hawaiian honeycreeper, the palila; and the Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center, serving East Hawai‘i for over 30 years as a center of culture, arts, and information.
NATIVE OR NOT? WHY DO WE CARE?
Hawai‘i is unique for its native species. You have probably heard that we have many species of plants and animals that are found nowhere else. Think about this -- nowhere else on the planet! Millennia ago, a few hearty seeds and animals made it here and over time, they evolved into many different species, especially suited to the unique environment of our islands. How can you tell if your subject is native to the Island of Hawai‘i? Contact Amelie at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out some of the resources listed below for information and inspiration.
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PAST & PRESENT PARTNERS
THREE MOUNTAIN ALLIANCE
The largest Watershed Partnership, the Three Mountain Alliance (originally known as the ‘Ōla‘a Kīlauea Partnership) was formed in 2007 and covers 1,116,300 acres. With 9 partners, the overall goal of the Three Mountain Alliance is to sustain the multiple ecosystem benefits of the three mountains of Kīlauea, Mauna Loa, and Hualālai by responsibly managing its watershed areas, native habitats and species, historical, cultural, and socio-economic resources for all who benefit from the continued health of the three mountains. The Three Mountain Alliance (TMA) encompasses over one million acres (or 45%) of Hawai‘i island’s total 2,573,400 acres and consists of four priority management areas: ‘Ōla‘a Kīlauea, Ka‘ū Kapāpala, South Kona, and North Kona. The area is home to three of the island’s youngest volcanoes, Hualālai, Mauna Loa, and Kīlauea.
For more information on the Three Mountain Alliance visit: http://hawp.org/partnerships/three-mountain/
Wailoa Center is located on Hawai‘i Island in the town of Hilo, HI. Wailoa Center is Hilo's premier art and culture center. Part of the Division of State Parks, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Wailoa Center is situated on the grounds of the Wailoa River State Recreation Area and is a showplace for local artists as well as exhibits from around the world.
Location: 200 Piopio Street in Wailoa River State Recreation Area, Hilo
Phone: (808) 933-0416
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and State Holidays
Office: open during regular business hours
Mail to: 200 Piopio St., Hilo, HI 96720
HAWAII ISLAND NATURAL AREA RESERVES SYSTEM
The statewide Natural Area Reserves System was established to preserve in perpetuity specific land and water areas which support communities, as relatively unmodified as possible, of the natural flora and fauna, as well as geological sites, of Hawai`i. The system presently consists of 20 reserves on five islands, encompassing 123,431 acres of the State's most unique ecosystems. The diverse areas found in the NARS range from marine and coastal environments to lava flows, tropical rainforests, and even an alpine desert. Within these areas one can find rare endemic plants and animals, many of which are on the edge of extinction. The reserves also protect some of the major watershed areas which provide our vital sources of fresh water. The Natural Area Reserves System is administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Currently, management teams are working to control the encroachment of non-native plants and animals which threaten the existence of the natural biota on the reserves.
To learn more about how the NARS are being managed, please visit: http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/nars