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.


Membership Information

Membership in the Hawai`i Watercolor Society is a great way to enhance your painting experiences through meeting fellow artists, having your work recognized and exhibited, and broadening your skill set by participating in our workshops. Membership benefits include:

  • Membership roster

  • A list of local shops that provide special rates or discounts

  • A monthly newsletter highlighting future events, including painting opportunities with other artists

  • Opportunities to participate in HWS-sponsored workshops with nationally and internationally recognized artist/teachers

  • Opportunities to enter juried shows and other exhibits sponsored by HWS

  • Opportunity to attend our annual meeting and party

We also offer Signature Membership status to recognize our active members who achieve a high degree of excellence using water-based media. This designation is based on points received in juried competition. Details for earning Signature status are contained in the HWS By-Laws.

Join HWS – it’s a rewarding way to expand your artwork and your art world.

All memberships are for one year starting July 1st.

- Annual Membership - $40/year
- Life Membership - $35/year (10+ consecutive years)
- International Membership - $50/year
- International Life Membership - $45/year (10+ consecutive years)
- Student (18+ years of age and proof of enrollment in accredited college, not to exceed four consecutive years) -  $25/year

To register and pay online by debit or credit card, please use the product links below. Your application form will be included in your checkout process.

To pay by check, please download the PDF file of the application, complete it, and mail it with your check to: Hawai`i Watercolor Society, 1159 Nu`uanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817

If you need assistance, please contact us at info@hawaiiwatercolorsociety.org.

New Memberships:

Memberships renew annually on July 1st. You will receive a prorated fee based on the month you sign up for a new membership. Please choose the type of membership you are applying for and then select the appropriate month.

* New memberships starting in April to June include discounted dues for the current year plus the upcoming year.

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Donate to HWS

All donations are tax-deductible. We thank you!


Merchants offering discounts to HWS members:

Hawaiian Graphics
1923 S. Beretania, Honolulu
10% off entire purchase / 25% off fine art paper

DaVinci Artists Colors
Da Vinci watercolor prices are discounted at 50%, and HWS members are exclusively offered an additional 15% discount when they use the coupon code “Aloha”. Free Shipping to Hawaii for orders of $49 or more.

Art Attacks
3390 Campbell Ave #A, Honolulu
25% discount on framing

Sunshine Arts Hawai`i
47-653 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahalu`u
10% discount on all custom matting and framing orders

Art Source & Designs, LLC (Diane Ko)
212 Monohua, Honolulu
15% off framing, call 352-8242 for appointment

Maalea Press LLC (Peter Sieg)
11 Furneaux Lane, Hilo
10% off all orders with a 20% discount on first time orders, call 808-969-9200

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