Call Detail
Maui Public Art 2024 Request for Proposals
Entry Deadline: 2/4/24
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 10

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $10.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 5
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Hawaii
Budget: NOTE: The selected artist/s will receive a commission not to exceed the budget cap of each opportunity listed in section B. No additional compensation will be provided. ​

A. Introduction

Maui Public Art Corps is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization founded in 2020 to connect people, place and story through the development of exceptional public art. Created in response to our successful 2018 SMALL TOWN * BIG ART pilot in partnership with the County of Maui + Hale Hō‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society, our work extends these Wailuku-based activities to a countywide movement.

We are currently seeking artist proposals that interpret stories from our Hui Mo‘olelo program as works of visual, performance or experiential public art. To create an efficient panel selection process, applicants are asked to base their proposals off of the excerpts listed at Hui Mo‘olelo, yet upon invitation to join may choose any part of the full recording for the final project. 

​Upon selection by a community panel, artists will be paired with community consultants to integrate feedback into the initial proposal; actively shaping the resulting artwork into a site-specific, collaborative piece. This project development period also includes a process of identifying a unique proverb from Mary Kawena Pukui’s ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings with our cultural consultant, Kumu Sissy Lake-Farm. Connecting the works with a specific proverb helps to provide historical and cultural significance of the specific Maui County installation site. 


B. Project Descriptions

Please view photos and additional details at

B1. Harbor Lights Mural
​111 Kahului Beach Road, Kahului, HI 96732

  • Project: Mural (choose section D and/ or section A pictured at B1 on the link above)
  • Description: Select a Hui Mo‘olelo recording to interpret as a mural composition. Individual panels are 40' x 17', preference is that each proposal utilizes a pair of walls for a total canvas size of 40'x34'. Artist should utilize a balance of positive and negative space, and is not expected to paint 100% of the surface area.
  • Additional Info: Click HERE
  • Application Deadline: Feb 4, 2024
  • Budget Cap: $12,000 per section (there are 2 sections total)
  • Installation Deadline: Week of Mar 12, 2024

​B2. Kapalua Coastal Trail Sculpture Walk
99 Coconut Grove Ln, Lahaina, HI 96761

  • Project: Sculpture Walk
  • Description: Sculptures to be exhibited at 3-4 trail sites for a 3-6-month period before returning to the artist.
  • Additional Info: Click HERE
  • Application Deadline: Feb 4, 2024
  • Budget Cap: $3,500
  • Installation Deadline: Apr 8, 2024

​B3. Kalama Park Footbridge
​1900 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

  • Project: Installation Artwork
  • Description: Reimagine the footbridge with physical enhancement or a hybrid visual-digital experience
  • Application Deadline: Feb 4, 2024
  • Budget Cap: $20,000
  • Installation Deadline: Jun 30, 2024

​B4. Keōpūolani Regional Park Walking Path
​700 Halia Nakoa St. Wailuku, HI 96793

  • Project: 3D Artwork
  • Description: Temporary sculpture installation. Same specifications apply to this site as B2 "Additional Info" document link.  
  • Application Deadline: Feb 4, 2024
  • Budget Cap: $3,500
  • Installation Deadline: Jun 30, 2024

B5. Pop-Up Performance
Various sites throughout Maui County (e.g. Kīpuka Square, Hoapili Hale courtyard, Kalana O Maui Building Front Lawn, Makawao Library Lawn, etc)

  • Project: Pop-Up Performance
  • Description: Select a Hui Mo‘olelo recording to interpret as a 20-30 minute set of original music, dance, theater or other performance art. Select artists may be paired with other performers for a collaborative project (see example).
  • Application Deadline: Feb 4, 2024
  • Budget Cap: $5,000
  • Performance Deadline: Aug 28, 2024

B6. Hui Mo‘olelo Animated Short Films

  • Project: Digital Animations
  • Description: Select a Hui Mo‘olelo recording to interpret as an animated short that utilizes the excerpt as soundtrack (click images for examples).
  • Application Deadline: Feb 4, 2024
  • Budget Cap: $5,000 per film
  • Artwork Delivery Deadline: Jun 30, 2024

C. Our Process

1. Call to artists (4-6 weeks): We work with CaFÉ when a new public art project opportunity arises. Artists share their ideas, samples and references, and a community panel makes recommendations on the most promising projects.

2. Project development (2-3 weeks): Our team workshops top proposals to determine a fit as well as possible activities for broad engagement, mentors, and opportunities to connect to a sense of place. Artists are invited, contracted and connected to project collaborators.

3. Community engagement (2-12 weeks): Together, the artist, program partners and project collaborators gather community input on your project proposal in order to create a revised blueprint. This has included free artist workshops, community consultations, live paint days, field trips and storytelling events — but we are always open to new ideas!

4. Proverb identification: Artists work with Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society to connect community input with ‘ōlelo from Mary Kawena Pūkuʻi’s ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings.

5. Presentation: The final public artwork is shared with an unveiling, performance, and/ or blessing that articulates the intention, acknowledges the many hands and many voices that contributed to the work, and offers a request + opportunity to experience the art collectively.

6. Exchange: A project web page is created with process + product images, stories, media coverage, artist statement and, (since the onset of the pandemic), a short documentary that offers varying perspectives of the artwork to help spur a dialogue. Applicable works are added to the Hoʻokamaʻāina​ app and included in public art tours. 

Application Requirements

​Applications will only be received via CaFÉ and will not be accepted after the marked deadline. Applicants may apply as a single artist or multi-person collaborative group. Multiple applications may be submitted if applying to more than one opportunity (B1-B6). Please carefully review the application requirements before beginning the online application process, as incomplete applications will not be considered. If you are uploading .pdf documents, they must measure 8.5" x 11"

  1. ​Opportunity (choose which of the projects above you are applying for, B1 through B6).
  2. Inspired by Storytellers (enter the Hui Mo‘olelo pairing that will inspire your artwork, e.g. Kevin and Kukui Gavagan)
  3. Artist/s Bio (approximately 250 words)
  4. Artist/s Résumé​ (Submit a one to two page current résumé that highlights your professional accomplishments as an artist or artist group. Please highlight experience in creating communal or public art and two references. If attachments exceed 2 pages, only the first 2 pages will be seen by panelists).
  5. Statement of Interest (Please submit a statement briefly explaining your interest in our mission, your design approach and your experience working with diverse stakeholders)
  6. Project Description (Explain how the Hui Mo‘olelo excerpt you selected will inform your project. You may select a proverb from ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings by Mary Kawena Pukui to help ground your project, or, one will be selected with you during the project development stage. Explain how your project ties into the community. Include examples or opportunities for broad community engagement that specifically pertain to your proposed project, e.g. a hands-on workshop, panel discussion, open rehearsal, classroom activity, or other ideas).
  7. Project Budget (Include all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: insurance, tools, materials, rentals, installation, travel, assistance, ground transportation, site modification and any other costs). Each project's budget request may vary depending on the project's specific needs. The request must be in increments of $100. Multiple project budgets may be submitted as "Option A" . "Option B", etc.
  8. Work Samples
  9. Concept Design (for visual work)
  10. Notes (optional)

Eligibility Criteria

All artists 18 years and older are invited to apply

  1. Selected Artists and/or Artist Teams will be required to provide a W-9 to Lokahi Pacific (our fiscal sponsor for this project)
  2. Selected Artists and/or Artist Teams will engage in a period of project development to determine opportunities for community involvement, identify/ confirm an ʻōlelo noʻeau (traditional Hawaiian proverbs and poetical sayings), and to clearly identify inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes.
  3. The Artist and/or Artist Team will be responsible for all costs (including site visits where needed) incurred in preparing or responding to this RFP. All materials and documents submitted in response to the solicitation become the property of Maui Public Art Corps and the County of Maui, and will not be returned.
  4. The Artist and/or Artist Team will be required to provide all tools, equipment, insurance, technology, knowledge and labor necessary to successfully execute the proposed project.
  5. Final art will be created after artist selection confirmed.
  6. All projects will be professionally documented. Maui Public Art Corps shall retain ownership of the video/ photo documentation and may choose to promote or display the work publicly, at a later date.
  7. No actual or potential conflict shall exist between Artist and/or Artist Team and the Artist and/or Artist Team’s family, business, or financial interests for the proposed services in this RFP.
  8. The Artist and/or Artist Team shall not be in a reporting relationship to a County of Maui employee who is a near relative, nor shall the near relative be in a decision-making position with respect to the Artist and/or Artist Team.