“To take into care what is precious and sacred to indigenous people and facilitate the passing of

indigenous knowledge and cultural values from one generation to another”.

Emerging Indigenous Voices:  A New Generation of Artists

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Carl F.K. Pao was born and raised in Kailua, O`ahu in 1971, Carl graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1989. He went on to earn his BFA at the University of Hawai`i at Mänoa in 1994, with an emphasis in ceramics. He was also awarded the Outstanding Senior Ceramic Student Award in his final year of study. After working from 1993 to 1996 as the Visual Arts lab assistant at the Kamehameha Schools Kapälama campus, he set off to pursue his MFA.  Carl attended the prestigious Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa, where he received his master’s degree with first-class honors in 1999. He returned to Hawai'i in 2000 to take his position as art teacher at the Kamehameha Schools High School Kapälama Visual Arts Department.


Outside of his teaching schedule, Carl continues to create his own art. October 2007, he concluded a successful solo exhibition at the Louis Pohl Gallery; was co-owner/operator of the Lodestar Collective gallery in Kailua; and is currently exhibiting in and serving as curator for group shows both locally and abroad.  Carl also works on various art commissions, both commercial and private.

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Faculty Artist . . .  Carl Franklin Ka`aila`au Pao

Carl F.K. Pao art is inspired by and grounded in his Kanaka Maoli culture (Hawaiian), particularly the concepts of kaona (veiled layers of knowledge that are accessible only to the experience person) and wā (the “space between”).

Carl will be teaching both figure/landscape drawing and design during the six-week residency along with providing mentorship to the project’s participants during open studio with printmaking and painting.

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