ʻImi Ponoʻs 2013 Summer Student Enrichment Program


School getting ya down?

 Its never too early to start making summer plans!

Join ʻImi Pono no ka ʻAina this summer to get down and dirty with our native plants and culture.

Interested?  There are a couple ways to apply:

1) Click here to submit an application online

2) Want a paper application?  Click here to print the application .

Please mail completed applications to:

Lahela Camara

19 East Kawili Street

Hilo, HI 96720

 Applications are due: Friday May 11, 2013

Please contact Lahela Camara for more information or to receive an application by mail:

(808) 333.8241


Join us for Hawaiʻi Nei 2012!

Artwork: “‘Io Portrait” by John Dawson, Winner Hawai’i Nei 2011, Juror’s Choice and 1st Place 2D

Calling Hawaiʻi Island art-enthusiasts!  Youʻve been waiting, or maybe drawing, and hopefully learning a new plant or animal, or maybe even two.  Now it is time to celebrate all that hard work: Hawaiʻi Nei 2012 is here.  We will be accepting artwork on Friday, October 26 from 12pm -7 pm at the Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center in downtown Hilo.  Bring your photos, paintings, sculptures, etc and make this yearʻs Hawaiʻi Nei the biggest in its history.

Opening night will be the following Friday, November 2, 2012.  Weʻll start with a youth reception from 4pm – 5pm with refreshments, music and puppets from Dina Kagelar and, of course, prizes!  The formal reception will follow with refreshments, acoustic Hawaiian music, an awards ceremony, and door prizes.  You donʻt even have to be an artist to be a winner tonight!  So bring the family and friends for a night of celebration with our native species: Hawaiʻi Islands first kamaʻāina!




Get Inspired! Get Involved!

Looking for inspiration for the this yearʻs Hawaiʻi Nei Art Contest?  Well come with us!  TMA and partners have some inspiring events on the horizon.  Check it out!

Hawaiʻi Nei Upcoming Events


Hawai ‘i Nei 2012 Teacher Workshop

Aloha e nā Kumu!

Join us for Hawai’i Nei 2012 Teacher Workshop.
Teachers of all grades are invited for a day of integrated, hands-on lessons.

Teachers will learn two different art lessons featuring cultural and scientific knowledge of Hawaiʻi Island’s unique species.

The two art lessons:

(1) a stamp project with ʻōlelo noʻeau and (2) a food web with “Watershed Friend” masks, can be used to teach a variety of curriculum: ecosystem interconnection, Hawaiʻiʻs endemic species, food webs, cultural knowledge and more.

Teacher packets that include the art lessons as well as Hawaii Nei information will be provided to your class to help you get involve in Hawaiʻi Nei 2012.

Contact Lahela Camara to register or

for more information regarding the workshop.

(808) 333-8241



REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mahalo  nui and hope to see you there!

Hawaiʻi Nei 2012!

Hawai’i Nei 2012 is here!  

TMA, Natural Area Reserve Systems (NARS), Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center, and the ‘Alalå Recovery Project are proud to present Hawai’i Nei 2012!  This juried exhibition invites artists of all ages and skill levels to celebrate the plants and animals native to Hawai’i Island.


Click here for more info on entering Hawai’i Nei 2012

Get an entry form!  Click here!

Want more specifics?  Or curious where you can learn about native species?

Click here for Hawai’i Nei 2012 Prospectus

Click here for info on Featured Categories for 2012

Submission is October 26, 2012, so get those creative juices pumping!

Check back in regularly for info on art hikes and other events leading up to the November exhibition.

See you there!

ʻImi Pono no ka ʻĀina’s Summer 2012 Applications are here!

Are you tired to sitting around all summer?

Do you wanna get outside and see something new?

Join ‘Imi Pono this summer for two weeks exploring native ecosystems all across Hawaiʻi Island.

For more information and the application click on the link below.

ʻImi Pono 2012 Summer Application

Applications due by Friday, May 18, 2012