Kaiili Kaulukukui is a Kanaka Maoli artist, born, raised and based out of Hawaii. The work he is currently producing is based off of lessons from his childhood taught to him by his elders as he grew up in Hawaii. A basic belief that was ingrained in his mind as a child is the idea that Hawaiian ancestral lines are alive and living with us, in us, connected to the top of our heads like a totem pole. The new work is an exploration of nature, man and animal in multiple environments engaged in different tasks and actions, like working, struggling or celebrating being in nature. The ancestors of the characters are entwined within the image attached to the main figure. These ghostly, often mouthless appearing figures, are involved in the actions and influencing the movements and environment in which the character is engaged, often offering a guiding eye over the actions being performed. Kai’s paintings are composed from a combination of what he has studied in college about classical European and world art, what he was taught about native Hawaiian motifs and ideology, the skateboard and graffiti culture he grew up in, and the world around him and it’s many experiences.