Hawai'i Forest Industry Association

Hawai`i Forest Industry Association
P.O. Box 5594
Kailua-Kona, HI

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Mike Robinson

Vice President
Lloyd Jones

Mats Fogelvik

Peter Simmons

William Cowern
Stephen Smith

Nick Dudley
Lloyd Jones

Kip Dunbar
Mats Fogelvik

Mike Robinson
Peter Simmons

Don Bryan
Tai Lake
Larry Nitz
Bob Osgood
James Quinn
Sally Rice
Jay Warner
Ed Winkler
Aileen Yeh

Executive Director
Heather Gallo

Development Coordinator
Deborah Griffiths

Ka'üpülehu Site Manager
Wilds Pihanui Brawner

Ka'üpülehu Weed Control
Midge Casuga

Ka'üpülehu Biological Services
Jill Wagner

Marketing Consultant
Heidi Wild

Ka'üpülehu Education and Outreach Coordinator
Yvonne Yarber-Carter

Hawaii's Woodshow™ Consultant
Marian Yasuda

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In this Issue


Slide Presentation and Steam Bending Workshop with Canadian Artist Michael Fortune
Presented by the Maui Woodworkers Guild and HFIA at 2008 Hawaii's Woodshow

Photo courtesy of michaelfortune.com

Internationally known furniture-maker, educator and conservationist Michael Fortune will be hosting a slide presentation of his custom designed furniture at the Hui Noe’au Visual Art Center, Makawao on Sunday, November 23rd at 7 PM. The focus of the presentation will be steam bending of wood as well as furniture made with steam bending techniques. Admission is free.

On Tuesday, November 25th, starting at 10 AM, Michael will conduct an all-day steam bending workshop at Curtis' and Christian's shop, located at Haiku Market Place (cannery) 810 Haiku Road. The fee for the Workshop is $90, with a $15 discount for Guild members and a $10 discount for HFIA members. Space is limited, so sign up today.

Michael has been designing and making furniture for private residences in Canada and the United States for 30 years. In addition, he teaches furniture-making workshops at art centers and schools. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best contemporary work being done today, and to see how the artist can affect the larger picture of sustainable forestry and responsible resource management.

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Mary Philpotts McGrath
A Special Guest at the Sneak Preview Cocktail Party

Photo courtesy of hawaiiasenseofplace.com

On Thursday, November 20, the 16th annual Hawaii’s Woodshow at the Hawai’i Convention Center opens with a Sneak Preview Cocktail Party from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to join the Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) as they honor Mary Philpotts McGrath, Hawaii's foremost interior designer. Philpotts McGrath's appearance at this year's show is highly anticipated. She will share her thoughts on over 100 pieces of art born from Hawai'i-grown woods on display and for sale during the show, which will run from November 21 to 23.

Those attending the Thursday sneak preview will have the opportunity to meet Philpotts McGrath and hear her thoughts on this year’s woodshow entries as she leads an informal stroll through the show. Philpotts McGrath is known for her ability to find the essence in any project and reinterpret it with simplicity and clarity. “It's often the contents, what we choose to put into our spaces, rather than the structures themselves that determine contemporary Hawaiian style," says Philpotts McGrath.

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Woodshow Special Events Reminder

*** REMINDER ***
Purchase your Woodshow 2008

Sneak Preview Cocktail Party
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Opening Receptions Tickets

(Click to Purchase)

Contact Marian Yasuda, Event Coordinator
at 808-221-5171 or email at mnyasuda@hawaii.rr.com

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Hawaii's Woodshow™ 2008
Coming Soon, Mark Your Calendars!

The Sixteenth Annual
Statewide Juried Furniture & Woodworking Show
of the Hawai'i Forest Industry Association

Thursday, November 20th through Sunday, November 23rd
Honolulu Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Woodshow 2009
Mark your calendars!

Hawaii's Woodshow 2009 will be held at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Opening night - Friday, March 27, 2009
Open to the public - Saturday, March 28 - Sunday, April 5

There will be more information on this in the December HFIA e-news.

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2008 Contributors to the Hawai'i Forest Institute Make a Difference for Hawaii's Forests

The Hawai'i Forest Institute (HFI) received some exciting news this month. The Atherton Family Foundation approved a grant for $5,000 to enhance the organization's web presence. The 501 (c) (3) organization was created in 2003 by its founding member, the Hawai'i Forest Industry Association, to promote the health and productivity of Hawaii's forests through scientific research and public education. HFI intends to create a web-based hub for information on Hawaii's forests—past and present, to an international audience.

"This is great news for Hawaii's forests" says Heather Gallo, HFI Administrator, "these funds will allow us to expand on our web-based information about Hawaii's forests and increase the impact and longevity of funding from other generous contributors." Gallo went on to say that there are already excellent resources online and that HFI would be collaborating with educators, professionals in the forestry field and the general public to create a comprehensive and user-friendly site.

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HFIA Supports Development of Biomass Energy in Hawai’i But Concerned about No-bid Contracts

Hawai’i State Legislature HB 90 (HRS section 171-95 (c)) would allow the DLNR to enter into direct negotiations for leases with entities who propose to grow crops for use as biomass. Within the last month one proposal has come to the BLNR for 10,800 acres and now a second proposal for 37,000. Both proposal are for 40 years or longer on a no-bid negotiated contract basis.

HFIA supports the use of wood biomass as fuel. It is clear that we have become overly dependent on petroleum as a source of energy, and biomass is a clean, safe, source of dependable and sustainable energy. Biomass, together with solar, wind, geothermal and other emerging technologies will enable Hawai’i to find its way to an energy-secure, environmentally sound, future.

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HFIA Membership Survey
The Deadline Has Been Extended

The HFIA Membership Survey deadline has been extended to November 30th. Please provide us with your feedback.

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Bioenergy Survey
Conducted by the State of Hawaii

As part of the Bioenergy Master Plan, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism is gathering information and feedback from the general public.

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HFIA Membership
Your Membership Counts

Membership Benefits:

  • Issues of HFIA's monthly e-newsletter;
  • Monthly Articles of Interest;
  • The quarterly Agriculture Hawai'i magazine;
  • The opportunity to list your business in HFIA's website Resource Guide and Directory;
  • The opportunity to rent a space in HFIA's Honolulu Inter-Island Airport Display;
  • The opportunity to vote in the election for the Board of Directors and an invitation to mingle with fellow members at the Annual General Membership meeting; and
  • A special invitation to the Hawaii's Woodshow™ opening night reception.
Your dues also help support HFIA's many programs and activities:

Advocacy: A voice at the legislature and in public forums promoting policies and actions which will foster healthy and productive forests;

Forest Science: Demonstration of techniques to restore and protect species in dryland native forests;

Information Exchange: In addition to the monthly newsletter and Articles of Interest, public symposia have been sponsored by HFIA as well as participating in exhibitions, conferences, and special events;

Marketing: Research into market strategies for commodity wood products and fine crafted products have resulted in the implementation of the Hawaii's WoodTM brand and the related creation of marketing materials and tools; and

Education and Training: Workshops for woodworkers featuring nationally-known guest woodworkers are held annually; Opportunities for professional improvement for loggers, landowners and managers, and others.

Individual: $35.00
Business $125.00
Corporate $300.00

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About this Newsletter

This is the monthly newsletter for the Hawai'i Forest Industry Association.

If you have suggestions, content or images that you would like to contribute to the HFIA Association E-News please contact Development Coordinator, Deborah Griffiths, deb.hfia@hawaiiantel.net, or Executive Director, Heather Gallo, hawaii.forest@hawaiiantel.net.

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About HFIA
Managing and maintaining healthy, sustainable, productive forests

The Hawai'i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Hawai'i in 1989. Founded by and for people interested and directly involved in managing and maintaining healthy, sustainable, productive forests, HFIA has a diverse membership of over 200 individuals and businesses including: woodworkers, forestry professionals, sawyers, ecotourism operators, educators, environmentalists, government officials and interested citizens.

HFIA is primarily a volunteer-based organization, with a small staff on Hawai'i Island and two independent contractors on Oahu. The Board of Directors includes eight Island Directors and nine At-Large Directors.

Since its inception, HFIA has promoted active public awareness of Hawaii's unique forest resources. As reflected in its diverse membership, HFIA is extraordinary for its founding premise that sustainability is based on an encompassing acknowledgement of the environmental, aesthetic, cultural/historical and economic aspects of this resource. We welcome you to join us.

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Hawaii Forest Industry Association - November 2008 Online Newsletter