Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas – Looking for Artists

Artists are invited to submit original 2D media artwork to the Breadfruit Fine Art Contest, a part of Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas being held at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The Gift of Kū by Caren Loebel-Fried, winner of the 2011 Breadfruit Fine Art Contest.

The Breadfruit Fine Art Contest is part of the educational outreach associated with the festival, celebrating the beauty of the tree and fruit as well as the rich cultural heritage and future role of ‘ulu in Hawai‘i. Recognizing ‘ulu’s traditional role in mixed agroforestry, this year’s festival will also highlight ‘ulu’s Pacific-wide companion, mai’a (banana). Artwork can incorporate ‘ulu and mai‘a, but ‘ulu must be dominant in the piece.

Artists must register for the Breadfruit Fine Art Contest at by September 14th in order to be able to submit work, which must be dropped off at the Donkey Mill Art Center September 18-21 from 10am to 4pm. Artwork that is not pre registered by September 14th will not be accepted. All artwork will be displayed at Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas on September 29th. One winning piece will be selected and the winner will receive a gift certificate for a stay at a local luxury resort.

Young artists are invited to enter a Youth Art Contest, but they must submit through a school or community group. For the Youth Art Contest— 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age category will win cash prizes ($75, $50 and $25, respectively) donated by Kamehameha Investment Corporation and a gift bag donated by Starbucks Hawai‘i.  The top winner overall will receive a Dolphin Quest Dolphin Encounter for two.

The Breadfruit Fine Art and Youth Art Contest guidelines and submission forms can be found at Questions can be directed to Andrea Dean at 960-3727 or

The Fine Art Contest is organized by: Donkey Mill Art Center, Hawaii Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas is presented by Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. The festival is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Doc Buyers Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Ho‘oulu Lāhui, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program, Ke Ola Magazine, and Big Island Resource Conservation and Development.

Learn more about the Breadfruit Festival by visiting or calling (808) 756-9437.


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