Hawai’i Island Conservation Forum 11/12/13

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Pilina, a Hawaiian word meaning “union, connection, joining, fitting,” describes the objective of this first-ever Hawaiʻi Island Conservation Forum. We are coming together to connect our places, our people, and our work.

This is an opportunity for us all to come together on the Big Island — resource managers, community supporters, field crews, policy makers, research scientists — to share the work being done across our island to care for our natural resources, from the mountains to the sea.

Our island has excellent examples of how relationships help us create stronger, more lasting programs. Our presenters will share who they are and where they work, and inspire us with the way they do their work: building the capacity of their communities, forging new partnerships between the public and private sectors, and innovating new models for enterprise within the context of conservation.

We hope this forum will serve as a next step forward toward creating an island-wide conservation hui. Please join us and be a part of growing something big on our island.

Location: Kahilu Theater, Waimea

Schedule for the day
9:00-9:15 Registration & Coffee
9:15-11:45 Presentations by conservation groups
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Featured Speaker
1:00-2:00 Discussion Forum

Cost: $10 per person (includes lunch)
Please reserve your place by November 4, 2013.

Click here to follow the link to the registration page.

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

TMA 2011 Newsletter Now Available

Download 2011 TMA Newsletter here.

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