K. Kekeikikonapiliahiʻokekai Mar is an avid outdoorsman, artist, and entrepreneur. Kekai earned a certificate in videoproduction from Leeward Community College and holds degrees in New Media arts animation from Kapi’olani CC and a double bachelor degree anthropology and resource management and conservation from the University of Hawai’i – Månoa. He’s currently working for the Academic Subject Certificate in Hawaiian Studies and learning to sail wa’a through its Polynesian voyage seamanship course.
His collage, StepHI, represents the connectedness of natural and cultural resources. Indeed, Kekaiʻs goal is to merge culture, environment, and art through his job at the State Department of Land and Natural Resources and his clothing company, Stepping Stones Hawai’i (StepHI). This collage and several of his graphic designs have won notable honors in the Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Native Hawaiian Writing and Arts Achievement Awards.
His advice to other young artists?
Create your art without boundaries. This is life. This is real. Now is real. Pick up that pen, that brush, that camera, and run with it. Just do it.