Master Craftsmen Umialiloalahanauokalakaua King Kai teaches how to make a Ku'i Lauoho (Hawaiian Hair pick)
Born and raised in Kaimuki , Oahu. Number 6 of 7 children of Douglas AW Kai of Waiahinu, Moku o
Hawaii and Rachel K. King of Waimea, Moku o Hawaii.
Attended public schools and received a B.S. Degree in Marketing at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Married for 47 years to Janice Leinaala Lua of Laie. 3 sons, 1 daughter and 14 grandchildren.
Retired from the Visitor Industry in November 2016 after 49 years.
Started making Hawaiian implements in high school in 1967 and continues today. Has worked on
projects for Bishop Museum, Peabody Museum, Cook Museum, Hula Museum in Japan and many
private collectors of Hawaiian artifacts.
He fashions implements for fishing, kapa making, poi pounding, hula, and farming, and he is best known
for his traditional weaponry. Umi Kai shares his knowledge and experiences with people locally and
internationally, and he makes presentations regularly at schools, hotels, and organizations.
Has conducted and participated in traditional Makahiki protocol and images for over 25 years for Queen
Liliuokalani Trust, Pa Ku’i a Lua, Hale Mua o Kealii, Waikiki Aqurium, Bishop Museum and more.
Currently President of Aha Kane; Olohe Lua of Pa Kui A Lua; Kupuna of Hale Mua o Kualii; Member of Na
Ho’okahiko Award from Dukes 2019
Na Mamo Makamae o ka Po’e Hawai’I ( Living Treasure of the Hawaiian People) Awardee
Living Treasure 2018 by Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai’i
MAMo Awardee 2017 by the PA’I Foundation
Educator of the Year 2016 by Native Hawaiian Education Association
Fellowship Award 2015 by Native Arts and Culture Foundation
Masters Program 1998 by Hawai’i State Culture and the Arts
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