The Jurors

Jurors are selected to represent a balanced knowledge of contemporary woodworking and of Hawai‘i forestry. Awards are based on “Inspiration of Design” and “Excellence of Implementation.”

Paul Schűrch,

Internationally Recognized Studio Furniture Maker In his California studio, Paul creates furniture inspired by observations of nature and influenced by an amalgam of classical styles and contemporary shapes, playful imagery and exotic materials. He has revitalized traditional Marquetry techniques, sharing his innovative methods through articles, books, education dvds, an on-line store of educational materials and supplies plus conducting workshops worldwide. Taking the art of Marquetry beyond its former confines both with innovative design and introducing stone, gem and shell inlay in his imagery, he creates pieces of integrity, beauty and function. "My challenge is to bring these elements together, and create from them a story that works." He shares his enthusiasm for reinterpreting timeless concepts in a fresh and unique manner in his workshops and lectures. In conjunction with HAWAII'S WOODSHOWTM he is giving public lectures and workshops in Honolulu and on Hawai‘i Island.

Norman G.Y.Hong AIA,

Hawai‘i Architect and Maui Orchardist CEO of award winning Group 70 International, Norm is also a Maui macadamia nut orchard owner and strong supporter of local artists, including woodworkers commissioned to create objects from his own trees. Norm’s breadth of experience is international in scope and ranges from educational/ institutional facilities to resort and timeshare projects. International project locations include Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, and People’s Republic of China. He has been recognized with numerous architectural design awards including National American Resort Development Association's Circle's of Excellence Award for the Grand Waikikian, AIA Award of Excellence for University of Hawai‘i Federal Credit Union, and the Building Industry Association Grand Award for Kauna‘oa Country Club. Norm is active in many civic activities including Aloha United Way, Kaimuki Wai‘alae YMCA, and East Honolulu Rotary. He participates in a wide variety of private and public design review and policy forums and is a University of Hawai‘i graduate.

Marian Yasuda,

Hawai‘i Studio Furniture Designer It took a few semesters at a Buffalo, NY college for Marian to find her passion and define her creative calling. With an introduction to furniture design behind her, Marian came home to Hawai‘i and finished her degree while working in a local cabinet shop. Soon she began building her dream business designing and making custom studio furniture, and for 18 years created lasting and unique pieces for a varied clientele. Her work earned many awards and has been shown in exhibitions of fine studio furniture throughout the country. Although she no longer builds furniture, she still has a wooden heart and enjoys participating in woodworker community activities. Marian has been intimately involved in HAWAII'S WOODSHOWTM since its inception in 1993 and served as Exhibition Chair from 2006 to 2012. HAWAII'S WOODSHOWTM has benefited greatly from her dedication; her calm, steady and expert leadership; and her wealth of knowledge about Hawai‘i woods and woodworking techniques. In her spare time, Marian runs ultramarathons throughout the country