"Inspiration is birthed in the soul but only transforms our world when we manifest its potential through a creative process."
– Naiʻa Ulumaimalu Lewis
Nai‘a Lewis is a healer, artist and social entrepreneur who works with people and communities to address pressing personal and social issues and thrive. For more than twenty years Nai‘a has used creative strategies to successfully engage, empower, and express the voices of vulnerable, marginalized, and disenfranchised groups, particularly those of women, indigenous groups, and minorities.
Nai‘a is a practicing artist and the Creative Director of 84 and Sunny, a globally minded and locally immersed creative agency helping clients adapt and compete within diverse and rapidly changing international markets. Previously, Nai‘a worked as coordinator for Big Ocean, a network of the world's large-scale marine managed areas, and for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries under Ocean Initiative and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
She has also worked within the Native Hawaiian community to address indigenous governance issues and disputed land ownership claims in Hawai‘i. Nai‘a earned her journalism degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and has infused her communications background with her professional experience to develop cross-cultural initiatives to more effectively translate conservation initiatives to indigenous communities. Nai‘a blends contemporary expressionism with indigenous identity and belief systems through multiple media, including oils, acrylics, pen and ink, and pencil. Her work has been invited to show at artistic events and galleries from Manhattan to Honolulu, including the recent CTRL+ALT Culture Lab on Imagined Futures series, curated by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Ford Foundation.