Kaili Chun

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Kaili Chun
EducationToshiko Takaezu
Wright Elemakule Bowman Sr.
Alma materUniversity of Hawaiʻi-Manoa
AwardsCatharine E. B. Cox AwardHonolulu Academy of Arts

Individual Artist Award – Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Grant – Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Kaili Chun (born 1962) is a Native Hawaiian sculptor and installation artist. She also is a lecturer at Kapi'olani Community College. Her works frequently address Hawaiian culture and history as well as the effects of Westernization. Natural and industrial materials are also common in her artworks.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Chun was born on O'ahu and attended Kamehameha Schools.[3] Her parents are of mixed ancestry and both are part Native Hawaiian.[4] As an undergraduate earning her B.A. in Architecture at Princeton University, Chun studied under ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu. Chun went on to earn her MFA from the University of Hawai'i-Manoa in 1999. She also apprenticed under Wright Elemakule Bowman Sr., a Native Hawaiian master craftsman and canoe builder from 1996–2003.[2][3]


Chun was the first Native Hawaiian recipient of the Catharine E. B. Cox Award from the Honolulu Academy of Arts.[2] She has also received the Individual Artist Award from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation grant.[5][6] Chun is one of the first Native Hawaiian artists to exhibit in the Venice Biennale in 2015.[4]

Among the locations that have displayed Chun's work are the Museum of Arts and Design,[3] the Venice Biennale,[4] the Biennial of Hawaiii Artists at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Honolulu Academy of Arts,[2] and the Wing Luke Museum.[5]


  1. ^ "Kaili Chun – Native Arts and Cultures Foundation". Nativeartsandcultures.org. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d White, Victoria Gail (June 25, 2006). "A sense of place". Thehonoluluadvertiser.com. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Saville, Jennifer (April 2006). "Chun, Ka'ili". Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Morais, Dawn (June 5, 2015). "NACF Fellows Bring Hawaii to the 2015 Venice Biennale". Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Kaili Chun". Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
  6. ^ Uradomo-Barre, Stacey (2015). Construct\s. USA: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. p. 39. ISBN 9780974674131.

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