Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Day 2 with Dougherty: Gathering in Waihe`e

Today’s Hui volunteers were joined by staff members of the State Department of Land & Natural Resources and the Maui Invasive Species Committee to collect sculpture materials from the Waihe`e Ridge Trail area.

A devoted teammate and vital resource since Doughtery’s January site visit, DLNR’s Lance De Silva and (amazing!) crew participated in today’s harvest to help promote environmental well-being of Hawaiian land and to treat removal sites for the prevention of re-growth. Led by education specialist and Hui workshop collaborator Lissa Fox, the (outstanding!) MISC team worked closely with Hui artists & supporters to share information about why strawberry guava is harmful to the Hawaiian ecosystem and how this project can help spread the word. Stickwork artist Patrick Dougherty spent the first part of the day side-by-side with some 20 volunteers to bundle and transport hundreds of guava saplings and the remainder of the day scouting out areas for tomorrow’s 3rd and final day of the harvest. It was an incredible day in the field with stunning views, great exercise and a lot of laughs with new friends.

Mahalo to DLNR, MISC & the following individuals for your help today:

Abelardo Rojas Umana
Anne-Marie Forsythe
Carl Polk
Carla Thistle

Courtney Turner

Kathryn Kaufmann

Kelly McHugh
Lana Coryell
Lance De Silva & crew
Larry Lambert

Leaf Van Alstine

Lorne Boyd

Nathalie Nunez
Patrick Dougherty
Rachel Deboer
Rachel Hodara
Christian Visoria
Jared Barros
Lissa Fox
Mike Ade
Stephanie "Mapu" Kowalski

Click here if you are interested in volunteering to build what is slowly developing into Maui’s largest work of public art (made of sticks!) and be sure to help spread the word about this collaborative field trip program between Hui No`eau and MISC, available to school and community groups on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, September 13 / 12:00 noon
Brown Bag Lunch Event

Thursday, September 15 / 5:30 pm / FREE
Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World: Artist Talk & Panel Discussion w/ Dougherty & Friends

Thursday, September 22: 6:00 pm
Dinner with Patrick Dougherty (Only 50 Seats Available)

Friday, September 23/ 5:00 pm / FREE
Sculpture Blessing & Opening Celebration

Today's (awesome) crew at the head of the trail

Kat Kaufmann loads up her truck with a heavy load of guava

Lissa Fox shows off her looping skills

Mayor Alan Arakawa stops by the Hui, meeting Dougherty & crew

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