Advancing the vision of communities and the expression of

indigenous art & cultures through consultant services...

Carolyn Kuali`i  ~ Consulting

Projects & Testimonials

Indigenous Arts & Cultures

     “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 who belongs to the Tuwharetoa Ngati and

the Ngati Pourou tribes of Aotearoa (New Zealand)

The Emerging Indigenous Voices: A New Generation of Artists will give a new generation of indigenous artists from the global community an essential opportunity for expression. By taking part in an intensive, cultural artistic immersion program in Hawai`i. These artists will explore their own indigenous roots along with those of other cultures and other genres of art—enhancing their collective and individual voices as visual artists of a new age. They will be equipped with the tools to advance their art through an outreach program unbounded by conventional gallery walls. And ultimately, they will come away with a strong sense of who they are and of their kuleana, or responsibility, as artists—the stewards and storytellers of their culture—the ones who will carry their ancestors’ knowledge forward into a new age with compassion, creativity and respect. As the Director of Kua`aina Associates, Inc., Carolyn is overseeing the production/direction of this project, which is earmarked for summer 2013.

  “I have worked with Carolyn on a variety of projects, large and small, from conception to implementation, and the results have always been successful--I have learned, grown, and been challenged at every step.  Carolyn's knowledge and skill level are without question but what I have always been impressed by is her organization, attention to detail, and follow-through. Carolyn has always been a master of networking and coalition-building of connecting organizations, resources, communities and people.  She has an unmatched ability to inspire forward-thinking and to create movement toward a larger goal while never sacrificing the specifics and details of the project at hand.” 

Bessie Davora China Leipakumakaniokalani Ching, MA - Media Specialist and International Digital Storytelling Consultant

The California Indian Conference 25th Anniversary Celebration “Retrospectives and Perspectives”

For the last quarter century the exchange of knowledge and perspectives has been the hallmark of the annual California Indian Conference (CIC). This Anniversary Celebration highlighted 25 years of achievements in CA Indian cultural renewal and retrieval. The conference was held on October 2010 at  the University of CA, Irvine (UCI) and attended by tribal leaders, elders, cultural bearers, museum administrators, California Parks personnel, environmentalists, and educators from elementary to institutions of higher learning, independent scholars, private archaeologists and students of California Indian studies. Carolyn directed the coordination of the conference special programs and logistics. Carolyn was the conference’s Director of Logistics & Special Programs.

Neshkinukat – California Native Artist Network Under a subcontract with American Indian Contemporary Arts, Carolyn provided the planning, coordination and facilitation of two artists’ gatherings in 2006 - Northern & Southern California. The gatherings were designed to provide participating artists an opportunity to further their professional development through workshops on art and technology, art installation, the business of art, documenting your work and creating your artist profile. The gathering was open to Native artists of all traditional and contemporary art forms including printmakers, painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, silversmiths, writers, bead workers, digital storytellers, photographers, potters, weavers, dancers, musicians, actors, drum makers, singers, composers and poets. In addition to the two artists’ gatherings, Carolyn directed the creation of the Neshkinukat’s 2007 Artists’ Directory in both print and web format. The production of the directory included over-site activities of the artists’ profiles and working with two associates – web designer and graphic artist. (Funded by the Ford Foundation).

Graphic & Layout by Rising Design Studio

Web-mistress: China Ching

“The Maui Arts & Cultural Center worked with Carolyn Kuali`i and Kua`aina Associates in 2006 when we presented an exhibit of Sam Kaai’s work in our Schaefer International Gallery. During the project, Kua`aina under the direction of Carolyn, not only produced a beautiful and profound Native Hawaiian exhibit and developed community outreach and programs, they also demonstrated their ability to fund raise and manage a significant project budget. The MACC has high regards for the work of Kua`aina Associates not only because of their extraordinary programs that promote art & culture at a community level, but also for their professional performance and practices.”   

Karen A. Fischer, Former President & CEO

Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Photo of Sam Kaai holding the images he craved for the Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe, Hokulea 

Photographer unknown

Carolyn embodies her Hawaiian name...”Melenani”. The work, which she does with people and organizations, is “a beautiful song”.

We have always valued her work and competence and her dedication to making a positive difference for those with whom she works.”

Hardy Spoehr, Executive Director, Papa Ola Lokahi - The Native Hawaiian Health Board

Graphic & Layout Design by LFrank Manirquez

The Emerging Indigenous Voices