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Mahalo to everyone who participated in the Hawaii Island Network of Artists project! We received a flood of last minute participants and ended up with around 320 total! We know it’s still a small portion of working visual artists on this island, but we are very grateful to have proven there are more than 270!

We’ll be adding artists who submitted their info to the website over the next couple of weeks and we’ll be sharing what we learned in August.

Mahalo again!

With Warmest Aloha, Tiffany DeEtte Shafto HINA Project Manager

We’re excited to share that since launching our new online survey, we’ve had 45 artists participate in just 19 days! Mahalo to each of you for following our news! Please share this opportunity with at least 10 of your local artist friends. We have until May to finish the survey and website and then we’re onto report writing. This is a pivotal project that will affect how artists are viewed in our society and the funding available to us. Let’s come together to show our positive effect…together we can make a difference!


Looking back over the last six months – from learning we received partial funding for this project at the end of June, to publicly launching the project in August and hosting meetings in six communities over three months – we’ve learned a lot! Meeting artists in Volcano, Pahoa, Waimea, Hilo, Honokaa, and Kapaau, has been a great experience. There have been so many wonderful ideas  from our community. They see loads of ways this project can expand – from the place for all the “Call to Artists” opportunities Island wide, to an arts map showcasing local galleries…and the great ideas keep coming. But first, we have to prove what we know to be true about the impact our creative community has on this place while we have the opportunity.  In the New Year you’ll see some changes as we continue to work to prove just how rich Hawaii Island is with visual artists.  Just think, six months from now, a report detailing the economic and social impact we create collectively will be ready to share!

We have much to be grateful for as we reach the half-way point in this project. We look forward to our meetings in Captain Cook, Holualoa, Naalehu, and Laupahoehoe in the next few months and to seeing a major increase in participation. And coming soon to Big Island TV, our first TV ad promoting the HINA Project website! A super special mahalo to Big Island TV and Matthew Lovein of Lovein Productions for their generous support!

On this beautiful winter solstice, we wish you a Happy Holiday season! May your holidays be full of family, good friends, great food, and loads of creating!