Advancing the vision of communities and the expression of

indigenous art & cultures through consultant services...

Carolyn Kuali`i  ~ Consulting

Carolyn is articulate, provocative and always challenging - Always aware of the big picture but tightly focused on the details.

She possesses that rare phenomenon amongst indigenous people: a deep understanding of obligation and responsibility

towards her culture coupled with an astute and highly efficient methodology when it comes to making things happen.”   

Moana Swan, a Maori & Polynesian Cultural Specialist  - Tuwharetoa Ngati and the Ngati Pourou tribes of Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Service History ~ Indigenous Art & Cultures

To take into care what is precious and sacred to indigenous people and

facilitate the passing of indigenous knowledge and cultural values from one generation to another.

In 2005 Carolyn Kuali`i recognized that it was time to bring together her collective years of experience as a cultural steward and her expertise in organizational and program development. As a result, Carolyn established Kua`aina Associates, Inc., a public non-profit organization who provides capacity building assistance to Native cultural and art organizations, individual artists and produces special art & cultural projects. As the President and Director of Kua`aina, Carolyn draws from a pool of associates who bring to a project an array of expertise such as: program development, project coordination and management, technical and cultural writing, marketing and public relations, fund development, visual and performing arts, traditional arts and indigenous knowledge, indigenous healing arts and indigenous languages. Kua`aina operates under the notion that working collectively on a project provides an opportunity for a more monumental outcome, thereby contributing to the maintenance and sharing of the life ways of cultural and artistic expression.

Carolyn has produced and directed a number of special projects such as the exhibit (slide show) honoring the lifework and collective song of Sam Kaha`i Kaai titled, Näue Ka Hönua (The earth shakes) - E ala mai iä Kihanuilülümoku (Kihanuilülümoku awakens) at the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in December 2006 and the Emerging Indigenous Voices: A New Generation of Artists residency project (video clip).

Carolyn is also featured in the audio documentary, Living Voices, produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian for her leadership as a Native contemporary role model.

Isami Ching - Exhibit Art Director & Curtor

Emerging Indigenous Voices: A New Generation of Artists

Summer Residency 2011- San Francisco, CA