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"A'ahu Ho'okahuli Aupuni (Cloak of the Revolution)" Hand-embroidery and shells on kapa, kimono silk, bridesmaids’ dress fabric (photo courtesy of Moriel O’Connor)

Alumni Connection with Lehuauakea in conversation with Angélica Maria Millán Lozano

Sep 29 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Tuesday, September 29
12:30-1:30pm on

Meeting ID: 929 8528 5477
Passcode: 454437
Local dial in number: (253) 215-8782

Alumni Connection is a new artist talk series featuring PNCA alumni discussing their work. In each session an artist from the previous Alumni Connection session interviews the current featured artist. All sessions can be attended live on Zoom, followed by a question and answer session, or viewed post-programming by recording. If there is an artist you’d like to see featured here, please contact Ivy and Michelle at: or


Lehuauakea is a mixed-Native Hawaiian interdisciplinary artist from Pāpaʻikou on Moku O Keawe, the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Lehua’s Kānaka Maoli family descends from several lineages connected to Maui, Kauaʻi, Kohala, and Hāmākua where their family resides to this day.

They have participated in several solo and group shows around the Pacific Ocean. Most recently these include ‘A Gift, A Breath’ at Alice Gallery in Seattle, ‘Until We Meet Again’ at Blackfish Gallery in Portland, and ‘He Hae Hōʻailona Ia’ at Aupuni Space in Honolulu. Through a range of craft-based media, their art serves as a means of exploring cultural and biological ecologies, spectrums of Indigeneity, and what it means to live within the context of contemporary environmental degradation. With a particular focus on the labor-intensive making of ʻohe kāpala, kapa cloth, and natural pigments, Lehua is able to breathe new life into patterns and traditions practiced for generations. Through these acts of resilience that help forge deeper relationships with ʻāina, this mode of Indigenous storytelling is carried well into the future.

The artist is currently based between Portland and Pāpaʻikou after earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting with a minor in Art + Ecology at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER Angélica Maria Millán Lozano is an artist from Bogotá, Colombia currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She creates abstract and figurative compositions on distressed fabrics that question the social injustices that affect Latinas in the home. She received her MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art and a co-founded cvllejerx, a fashion, poetry, and performance collective. She currently works as the Sr Communications Associate at Powerhouse Arts, an arts not-for-profit.