It is impressive how much Mālama Wao Akua has grown over the years. Through this exhibit, more artists, and therefore more members of the community, are becoming increasingly familiar with our unique island ecosystems each year. Jurying the show was such a challenge because the portrayals of our native species by all the artists are spectacular. I enjoyed seeing the variety of plants and animals represented through different media and the ways in which artists depicted their subjects through their own unique styles. I hope viewers walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of our irreplaceable Maui Nui environment. Thank you to the staff at East Maui Watershed Partnership, Hui No‘eau, and all of the participating artists for a wonderful show. It was a great experience to work with my co-juror Keahi Bustamente. I am so flattered to be a part of the 2015 Mālama Wao Akua Exhibition.