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 Innovation + Imagination (I+I) Student Challenge

Malamalama by Keolamaika’i Annino.

An exciting new component of Hawaii’s Woodshow is the Innovation + Imagination (I+I) Student Challenge, a division that was initiated in 2017 to introduce students to the diverse world of Hawai‘i woods.  Students are challenged to construct artwork using a mixture of donated Hawai‘i-grown wood and other materials of their choice.

The Student Challenge is coordinated by Steven Hill, IDSA, the 3DLab Director at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, School of Architecture.  The goal of the program is to expose students to a hands-on experience of design and production as well as familiarize them with the value of using locally sourced resources that will influence them in their future professions.

At the inaugural launch of I+I, 40 students participated from Moanalua High School and the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa Department of Art and Art History and the School of Architecture.

For the 2018 I+I Student Challenge,  through donations from local wood suppliers, each student was provided with a similarly mixed bundle of locally-grown woods. Each student was challenged to construct a light sculpture.  Students from ‘Iolani School, Moanalua School, and both the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Architecture and Department of Art and Art History participated in the Challenge.  This Challenge provided an opportunity for students to explore the process of working with Hawaii-grown woods. The student pieces were displayed at the Fishcake Gallery

2019 I+I Student Challenge

2019 wood donations: Mango, Koa, Cuban Mahogany, Norfolk Pine or Eucalyptus, Ironwood, Monkeypod, and assorted pieces of other woods including Prima Vera and Camphor.

2019 I+I Brochure

2019 I+I Flyer

Mahalo to INNOVATION + IMAGINATION Student Challenge In-kind Donors and Partners: Steven Hill; JP Damon; Kawena Wise; C. Barton Potter; Jorma Winkler, Winkler Woods; Craig Swedburg: Craig’s Creative Style

Mahalo to Hawai’i Tourism Authority Community Enrichment Program (CEP) for supporting Hawaii’s Woodshow.

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