2015 NATIVE HAWAIIAN ARTIST FELLOWS

Abigail Romanchak

Visual artist Abigail Romanchak will create a new series of large-scale prints addressing climate change and sea levels rising due to global warming with support from NACF.

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Bernice Akamine

Bernice Akamine is a visual artist known for the abstract glass sculptures and vessels she creates with smooth flowing lines, often covered with a form-fitted skin of texture and color.

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Dalani Tanahy

Dalani Tanahy will create a series of works exploring the continual innovations in kapa design from the time of contact with Western cultures to today.

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G. Umi Kai

Umi Kai (Native Hawaiian) will launch a traditional arts master-apprentice program to teach next generations to create Native Hawaiian cultural objects and weaponry.

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Kaui Kanaka’ole

Kaui Kanaka’ole (Native Hawaiian) will undertake mentorship as part of her journey to become a kumu hula or master of the dance form.

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Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole will compose original music and choreograph new bodies of work ready to tour in 2016 with the support of an NACF Fellowship.

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Liko Martin

Legendary songwriter Liko Martin will complete new compositions, including a rock opera, and release new recordings with support from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

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Maika’i Tubbs

Maika’i Tubbs will collaborate with communities in Hawaii to clear the coastline of an estimated 2,000 pounds of waste and debris to create art that address the challenge of creating sustainable coastal environments.

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Marques Hanalei Marzan

Support from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation will allow Marzan to revive the art of creating pe’ahi, the Hawaiian chiefly fan.

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Robert Cazimero

Kumu hula Robert Cazimero (Native Hawaiian) will choreograph a performance based on the epic tale of the goddess Pele with the support of a Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship from NACF.

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Robi Kahakalau

Robi Kahakalau (Native Hawaiian) will compose a collection of music and accompanying curriculum to teach Native Hawaiian pre-school age children language and heritage through music.

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Vicky Holt Takamine

Vicky Holt Takamine

Vicky Holt Takamine (Native Hawaiian) will develop new works in honor of Queen Lili’uokalani, the last queen of Hawai’i, with the support of a Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship.

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