Featured artist: Haley Kailiehu

Born and raised in Kukuipuka of Kahakuloa, on the island of Maui her first experience with art was through making lei poo with her mom at an early age.  They gathered ferns, ohia lehua, and other foliage from the forest above their house and spent hours weaving it all together to create lei.  Through these experiences, she developed a passion for creativity and a keen sense for artistic expression that mirrors the world around us.

Her most recent work with her home community of Hāmākua developed a mural that depicts the moolelo of Umi-a-Liloa, an important alii born and raised in Hāmākua whose reign established a self-sustaining, highly productive, and unified society on this island generations ago.  The mural will be mounted at the local Paauilo Elementary & Intermediate School where it will serve as a constant educational tool for current and future generations of haumana to learn from.

To see more of Haley's work visit her website at haleykailiehu.com