The newest exhibit of "Faces of Hawaii" debuted at the Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center in Hilo this weekend.
The art opening included all the images selected for the new book, Faces of Hawaii vol. II as well as other entries into the competition.
The annual photography competition is sponsored by HI Art Magazine http://www.hiartmagazine.com/ and was hosted by the Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center.
Curated by James Jensen, from the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, 45 images were selected from the competition to complete the new edition of the book.
I was honored to be selected to be part of the book with my image of Sheldon Chong net fishing in Makena. I met him one day this spring when the weather was exceptional and the water was incredibly blue. I asked if he would keep doing what he was doing and if I could take portraits of him. He was kind enough to honor me with several portraits. Thank you Sheldon for being such a great model!
My other two portraits in the exhibition were of Hawai's waterman, Dave Kalama, and the beautiful, Lauren Ayala. The two images are on the upper right of the shot below.
The show runs for the next month in the Wailoa Center in Hilo. Photographers from all over the state entered the competition, young and old, amateur and professional. the exhibit and book are a great way to see the ever changing faces of our culturally diverse state.
A hui hou,