New Visiting Artisan Program

July 27|Cultural

Through the support from the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, Waimea Valley has been awarded the Kūkulu Ola grant, Nā Po'e Hana No'eau Visiting Artist Program. The funding will help raise awareness about the value and importance of preserving and the showcasing of traditional Hawaiian cultural forms, and invite artisans to create work based on the rich history and culture of Waimea. Nā Po'e Hana No'eau will serve as a needed venue to create and hone these Hawaiian crafts in a sacred place that was once home to expert artisans and cultural practitioners.

If you are a practicing artisan the visiting artisan program at Waimea Valley offers an interactive look into the roles and practices that play a critical part in supporting our arts community through monetary and professional development support. The yearlong program requires public demonstrations for visitors of the Valley and will entail an end of the year exhibition and festival for artists to showcase and sell their creations. A minimum of 10 cultural practitioners/artisans will be selected throughout the 2017 year to fill 2-4 Visiting Artisan positions per week within the Valley. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Participants will be selected through a panel review process comprised of Hi’ipaka staff. Finalists will be interviewed in-person and will be asked to present their work. Qualified applicants will be provided with a schedule of days for selection and a finalized artisan schedule. Artisan will be provided with an agreement outlining agreed schedule and compensation.

For 700 years Kahuna Nui (High Priests) experts in their different practices thrived at Waimea Valley. Today, our current artisans and cultural practitioners have the creative freedom and space to create art, share their knowledge to visitors and students, and sell their work to new and returning audiences. Through the support of the Kūkulu Ola grant we hope to open these opportunities to our visiting artisans and practitioners throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Artisans and cultural practitioners interested in the program should:

  1. be available at least 2 days per week for up to 4 weeks
  2. be proficient in a recognized native Hawaiian traditional art forms or crafts
  3. lead public arts demonstrations for visitors in the Valley
  4. be able to demonstrate significant cultural and indigenous knowledge that is specific to Hawai’i and its history
  5. must be recognized by their community and peers for their cultural practitioner and/or artisan work
  6. provide an Artist Statement
  7. propose an idea for a new work or creation inspired by Waimea Valley ahupua’a


Please submit the filled out application to or mail to:

Waimea Valley

c/o Visiting Artisan Program

59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.

Haleiwa, HI 96712