Hawaii's Woodshow, the 18th annual statewide Juried Woodworking Show of the Hawai'i Forest Industry Association (HFIA),is open through Sunday, April 11 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Academy Art Center. HFIA has announced winners in the 2010 exhibition.


Best of Show honors went to Ricardo Vasquez for his piece "Holomoku" depicting a Hawaiian canoe sail artfully and intricately made from mango, koa, and bamboo. The word Holomoku means "to sail."

"The judges are always challenged to narrow down their selection of winners and this year's show entries were particularly remarkable," reported HFIA Executive Director Heather Gallo. "We were pleased by the number of student and novice entries along with museum-quality works by some of Hawaii's finest woodworkers."


New to the 2010 Woodshow was the "Koa: Standing the Test of Time" award presented by Hawai'i State Department of Agriculture Chair Sandra Lee Kunimoto to Aina Mauna Legacy Program - Hookuleana LLC and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).


 "DHHL is looking at its responsibility as a land manager not just to provide homes to its beneficiaries, but also to provide for the management and protection of native lands for the future," said Gallo on behalf of award committee members. "Because DHHL is looking beyond housing into a more holistic approach for communities and land management by creating a sustainable plan for the area and sustainable koa forestry opportunities, we were pleased to present the Aina Mauna Legacy Program this award."


Only Hawaiian-grown wood works of art are displayed in Hawaii's Woodshow. The Show is designed to strengthen appreciation for the artists' work and encourage sustainable forestry through the planting of native and non-native trees.