By Zenaida Serrano
Advertiser Staff Writer
Bowls, beds and sculptures fashioned out of koa, 'ohi'a and even lychee woods are among the pieces featured at the 13th annual Hawaii's Woodshow, Na La'au o Hawai'i, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 14 at Aloha Tower Marketplace, on the Mauka Lanai, second floor.
The show, sponsored by the Hawaii Forest Industry Association, features 100 wood pieces made by 48 artists from four islands. The entries are crafted from Hawai'i-grown trees.
"We basically want people to gain knowledge about what is growing out there in our forests, in that we have a really beautiful palate of different kinds of woods," said event chairman Marian Yasuda.
Entries range from dainty art pieces and musical instruments to large beds, tables and cabinets, and are given awards by a panel of judges on opening night.
In addition, People's Choice and Artists' Choice awards are determined at the close of the show. Most pieces are available for sale.
"It's a great way to gain appreciation for the participating artists and the materials they use, and to promote the positive role of forests in our economy and ecology," Yasuda said.
"Plus, the wood show enables us to encourage the planting of native and non-native high-value hardwoods for coming generations."
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