Hawai`i Watercolor Society


The Hawai`i Watercolor Society was founded in 1962 by Hawai`i Artist Hon Chew Hee. Our aim as an organization is to nurture and stimulate interest in water media through education, exhibits, and collaboration with other organizations, associations and individuals.

The Hawai`i Watercolor Society sponsors two juried exhibits every year as well as a biennial curated show highlighting the work of our signature members. In addition, we host periodic sales, themed shows and community events.

In conjunction with our exhibits we offer two week long workshops each year featuring nationally recognized teaching artists. On an intermittent basis we sponsor shorter duration workshops on a variety of art-related topics.


The Hawai`i Watercolor Society sponsors several shows each year. The juried Member's Show, the fall Open Show and other shows are usually held in the spring or summer, fall, and the holiday season. View info and recent show images below. Past show images here.

The 2018 Members Show - spring 2018

Click here for the Prospectus with detailed information, deadlines, and instructions.
Click here for a PDF file of Labels to submit your artwork.

Use this PayPal button to pay your entry fee, or, send a check as per the instructions in the Prospectus. Don't forget: Even though you have entered online, a hard copy of the entry form must be sent in by mail. Thanks!

Entry Fees

Dates: April 3-28, 2018
Location: Arts at Mark's Garage  -  1159 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu
Juror & Workshop Instructor: Tom Hoffmann  hoffmannwatercolors.com
Co-Chairs: Mari Macmillan and Carol Moore
Sponsored by: Hawai'i Watercolor Society

This annual juried exhibition showcases the best in watercolor painting with diverse techniques from traditional to experimental. HWS strives to present watermedia as a vital, enduring and expressive medium through education and exhibition.

Show Calendar

FEBURARY 20– Deadline to RECEIVE Digital Images, Form and entry fee. Forms and fees mailed on this date will not be on time. Please allow 4 business days for Honolulu mail and 7 business days interisland.  Don't forget: After you pay your fee by check or PayPal, you still need to complete the form in the prospectus and mail it in.

WEEK OF MARCH 11– Notification by email or phone if your painting(s) are accepted.

MARCH 28 - Pieces accepted from non-Oahu artists due and received at the Nuuanu address above.

APRIL 1 - Oahu accepted work delivered 9:00am sharp at Nuuanu address above.

April 6: First Friday

Note: A gallery sit schedule of exhibitors will be arranged.

You can see show selections and winners here.