Call Detail
Hawaii Nei Art Exhibition 2022

Entry Deadline: 10/14/22
Days remaining to deadline: 19

Entry Fee (Hawaii Nei): $15.00
Media Fee(Additional Media Fee): $15.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Local
State: Hawaii

Submission window closes: Friday, October 14, at 5:59 PM (HST).

Artist notification: Monday, October 17

Accepted artwork drop off:

Kona Side: Akamai Arts, Friday, October 28 at 10:00 AM (Please note, Akamai Arts cannot be responsible for your artwork and dropping off in advance is not allowed. Artwork dimensions for transport cannot exceed 40" including packaging).

Hilo Side: Wailoa Center, Saturday, October 29 between 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Residents of the Island of Hawai‘i are eligible to participate. All works must be original (no prints or giclèe), have been created in the last two years and must not have been previously shown in any other exhibition, gallery, or website. Artwork in any medium or combination of media is welcome. The Acquisition Award Selection Committee under the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) will be viewing this yearʻs show.


The main subject(s) of your piece(s) must be a species native to Hawai‘i Island. The definition used to define a native species is an organism that naturally arrived to Hawaiʻi without the help of humans via the 3Ws (wind, waves, or wings). It can be either endemic (found only in Hawaiʻi) or indigenous (native to Hawaiʻi and elsewhere). Artwork highlighting non-native species, including Polynesian introductions, as well as native species exclusively endemic to other Hawaiian islands will not be accepted. Artwork made from an endangered native species will not be accepted. If a native species is used as a medium in an art piece, we strongly suggest to consider the purpose of using the native species or consider if there is a possible alternative. Please consider the place from which the species will be gathered from - is there a healthy population from which to gather? We also encourage to request permission - from the land owner and species itself. When you are picking, be sure not to introduce invasive species into the area, only to take what is needed, minimize damage to surrounding species, and show gratitude. If you have questions about your subject and whether it fits these parameters, please email


All artwork will be processed through an initial online screening and jurying. We ask the jurying team when selecting work to consider uniqueness of the native species, quality, craftsmanship, and overall presentation. We encourage artists to look beyond the well-known native species and explore the incredible diversity of our Hawaiʻi ecosystems. You will be notified by October 17th if your artwork has been selected for the exhibition. Final jurying and selection for awards will occur on November 2nd. Artwork may not be selected for exhibition despite adherence to rules. PLEASE UNDERSTAND that your artwork may still be juried out despite adhering to all the guidelines.

The exhibition opens: Friday, Nov. 4

Open House: Friday, Nov. 4 from 1:00pm-6:00pm

The exhibition closes: Thursday Dec. 15 

Artists must pick-up work: 

Hilo Side: Wailoa Center Friday, Dec. 16, between 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Kona Side: Akamai Arts Friday, Dec. 16, at 10:00 AM 

Note: Maximum of five entries per artist, with $15 non-refundable entry fee for each submittal. 

Prizes: Monetary prizes will be awarded for 1st Place, 2nd Place and Jurors' Choice.

Sales: All selected adult entries are required to be for sale; youth entries are not. If artwork is sold during the exhibition, 60% goes to the artist and 40% will go to the Hawai‘i Island Art Alliance and the Three Mountain Alliance Foundation, which will help support fine arts in the community as well as native species protection and environmental education. Minimum sale price for artwork is $20. Artists may also donate their portion of the sale as a tax-deductible gift.

Adult Division Jurors: 

Haley Kailiehu

Haley Kailiehu was born and raised in the ʻili of Kukuipuka, ahupuaʻa of Kahakuloa, on the island of Maui. She is a granddaughter of Mary Keliʻipahulio Travis of Kainehe, Hāmākua, and the daughter of Alfred & Ina Kailiehu. Haley is a professional artist, and is a founding member and the current Director of Creative Development (since 2016) for Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili. As an artist and researcher, her work seeks to create community-based and ‘āina-centered experiences that allow current and future generations of Kanaka ʻŌiwi to re-learn and re-establish their kuleana and connections to our moʻolelo, ʻāina, and kūpuna. As the Director of Creative Development for huiMAU, Haley uses her creative gifts to cultivate aloha ʻāina through art, curriculum development, mālama ʻāina, and community organizing.

Mililani Browning 

Mililani Browning, raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, works as the Natural Resources Manager for Kamehameha Schools under its Mālama ʻĀina Program. Mālama ʻĀina actively stewards native ecosystems on 130,000 acres of Kamehameha Schools lands across the State of Hawaiʻi. Prior to Kamehameha Schools, she worked for the Three Mountain Alliance coordinating their education and outreach program, ʻImi Pono no ka ʻĀina. Additionally, she is also a learner in Hālau ʻŌhiʻa under Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani.

Reid Loo

"ʻO wau ʻo Reid Loo. I was born in Hilo, Hawaiʻi and am a proud descendant of kūpuna from Keʻei, Waikapū, and Kawela. I am a part of the Kamehameha Schools’ Natural Resources team and oversee conservation projects across Hawaiʻi Island. Prior to joining KS, I was a field botanist for 10 years and focused on the recovery of endangered species. I love Hawaiʻi and am privileged to be a part of the local conservation community, which is dedicated to preserving and understanding the natural resources and history of this place."

Application Requirements:

The main subject(s) of your piece(s) must be a species native to Hawai‘i Island which can include both indigenous (naturally occurs in other places) and endemic (specific to one place) species. Native species found exclusively on other islands will not be accepted. All species found from ridge to reef on the island are acceptable. Artwork highlighting non-native species, including Polynesian introductions, will not be accepted.


Only residents of the Island of Hawai‘i (Big Island) are eligible to participate. All works must be original (no prints or giclèe), have been created in the last two years and must not have been previously shown in any other exhibition, gallery, or website. Artwork in any medium or combination of media is welcome.