Hunting stamp contest winners announced
Winners of the 2021-22 Hawaii Wildlife Conservation and Game Bird Stamp Art Contest were announced last week by the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife.
Timothy Turenne was named the Game Bird Stamp winner for his piece featuring the Kalij pheasant, a popular game bird from southern Asia. The Kalij pheasant was brought to Hawaii in 1962, where it was found in forests and thickets, especially the Himalayan foothills, from Pakistan to western Thailand. Their habitat is primarily in the uplands, and they can be found within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Turenne has won 22 art stamp contests since becoming a full-time wildlife artist in 2006. Many of his conservation stamp prints are available for viewing through www.artbarbarians.com.
Michael Bailey, a wildlife painter, comic book artist, and children’s book illustrator who currently resides in Los Angeles, was the Conservation Stamp winner. His stamp features the mouflon-feral hybrid sheep. Mouflon sheep were introduced to Hawaii Island in 1957. In the years since, biologists began crossbreeding purebred mouflon rams with feral ewes at Pu’u La’au on Maunakea. The hybrid and purebred mouflon sheep were all released throughout Maunakea from 1962-67. Most, if not all, of the sheep currently on Maunakea are hybrid mouflon sheep. These animals live in the high elevation slopes of the Maunakea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, in what is considered some of the most beautiful upland forests of Hawaii.
The two new stamps will be available for the new 2021-22 hunting season.
The conservation stamp is required on the Hawaii State hunting license, and the game bird hunting stamp is additionally required for those intending to hunt game birds. Funds from sales of these stamps go into the State Wildlife Revolving Fund to support wildlife populations and habitat management, and to manage hunting programs in Hawaii. Both stamps will be available on July 1 to wildlife stamp collectors by calling (808) 587-0166.
SOKO artists announce pop-up art show
Nine artists from South Kona Artists Collective will showcase their fine art and crafts on May 8 in South Kona.
During the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event at the Society for Kona’s Education and Art, members will share ceramic art, painting, printmaking, photography, quilting, wearable art, hand-cast pewter spoons and artifacts, coco masks, home decor tea towels and pillows available for purchase.
Music and refreshments will be offered during the outdoor event at SKEA, located at 84-5191 Mamalahoa Highway in Honaunau.
South Kona Artists Collective is a group of professional artists, including painters, potters, photographers, assemblage sculptors, jewelers, printmakers, woodworkers, fiber and mosaic artists, who share their work through an annual studio tour and exhibitions on Hawaii Island.
For more information, visit www.sokoartists.com.
Kahilu Theatre celebrates 35 years with Robert Cazimero
Hawaii’s revered and beloved kumu hula, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, Robert Cazimero, will continue his 35-year tradition of celebrating May Day in Waimea, livestreaming exclusively on Kahilu.TV at 4 p.m. May 8.
Recognized throughout the world as a talented and influential ambassador of Hawaiian culture, Cazimero has performed traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance throughout his life, both with his family and as a solo artist. As a skilled musician, Cazimero has traveled the world blending his distinctive voice with impeccable talents while appearing on stages from Japan to Moscow, in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.
In between the music and dance numbers, Cazimero often shares heartfelt stories about growing up on Oahu and fond memories of his grandfather who lived in Kohala. His charismatic stage presence evokes many emotions for audience members of all ages as he shows his unparalleled ability to connect with the spectators and invite them on the journey of his life’s story. Having family roots on the Big Island, Cazimero’s performances often include a special invitation of friends and relatives from near and far to join him on stage.
Individual tickets for this show, which are good for an entire household, are $19.99 and available at Kahilu.TV.