Biography of Kaili Chun

Honored with multiple awards for her innovative work, multimedia artist Kaili Chun has received national recognition from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Princeton University and a master’s of fine arts degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She currently serves as a lecturer at Kapi‘olani Community College, and is earning a PhD in Architecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Honolulu Biennial 2017 Special Offer

Honolulu's inaugural city-wide art show is on display from March 8 through May 8, 2017 featuring contemporary visual arts throughout various sites within the city. Entitled, Middle of Now | Here, Fumio Nanjo, Director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, serves as the Curatorial Director and Ngahiraka Mason, formerly Indigenous Art, Maori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, a position she held for 20 years, is serving as Curator of Middle of Now | Here. Hulali i ka lā located at the Prince Waikiki is part of the exhibition, and the hotel is proud that this installation will continue to reside in the hotel's lobby.

Acclaimed local artist Kaili Chun has designed a spectacular 800 plus piece copper ceiling installation based the area's heritage as a prominent gathering place. Named Hulali i ka lā, which translates to "glistening in the sun". Each piece represents the belly fin of the hinana fish which allows it to return to the streams to give birth. The fish thrived in the muliwai (estuary) at this historic site and returned to the Pi‘inaio Stream each year to spawn. Kaili crafted the installation to span the length of the lobby in the shape of the stream which flows toward the source, from mountain to the sea.

There are so many layers to this installation and each has a unique story. These copper hinana (fish) are displayed in honor of the muiliwai but at its heart, this installation is a treasure to the hotel, made from the hands of individual hotel ambassadors (employees), their families and longtime guests who participated in sculpting their own copper hinana. Each individual piece can be identified and has been dedicated to those we love and honor.

Come and view the inspirational piece located at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki during the Honolulu Biennial 2017.

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Offering special Honolulu Biennial rates for those interested in staying at the ”middle of now | here.”