Naia Nakai has been a painter since 1985. She holds an art degree from CSUC. Naia moved to Maui in 1990 and has been incredibly inspired by Maui’s natural beauty ever since. In between painting sessions she captains her boat into the deep blue to be with whales, dolphins, turtles and all varieties of reef fish. These experiences have become a catalyst for expressing the joy and peace that emanates from her work. When pondering on the theme "One Foot Forward" Naia made three paintings to express the importance of moving forward together as an essential place to begin honoring each other every step of the way.