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.

2018 Open Show Information And Registration

Show selections and winners will be posted after the close of the show.

Click here for the Prospectus.

Click here for a PDF file of Labels to submit your artwork.

Dates: September 2-27, 2018
           September 8, 2018 Open Show Artist Reception and Awards, 4-6 pm

Location: Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens

Juror: Donald Andrews donandrewsstudio.com

Co-Chairs: Carole Moore and Mari Macmillan

     Don Andrews, 2018 Open Show Juror

    Don Andrews, 2018 Open Show Juror

    Important Dates:

    • August 3: Deadline to RECEIVE digital images to webmaster, form and entry fee to Carol Moore (see prospectus for complete info). Forms and fees mailed on this date WILL NOT be on time or accepted
    • Week of August 13: Notification by mail or phone of acceptance into show.
    • August 27: Pieces from non-Oahu participants due and received by Carol Moore (see prospectus for complete info). Works received after this date will NOT be included in the show...no exceptions.
    • September 1: Oahu accepted work delivered to Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens between 9:30-10:30 with ID labels on back of painting. $10 catalog fee collected at drop off.
    • September 8: Opening reception 4-6 pm. Participating artists bring pupus to share.
    • September 29: Take down 9:30-10:30 am.