Nāwāhineokalaʻi Lanzilotti is a Kanaka Maoli multi-media performer and educator raised in lower Mānoa, Oʻāhu, whose work focuses on decolonisation and sustaining indigenous practice through experimental performing arts.
Nawa’s collaborations throughout the Asia-Pacific aim to engage diverse communities employing spoken word, movement, sound arts, and film/video projection. From 2012-2018, Nawa lived in New Delhi, India studying Hindustani music and creating cross-cultural productions with her international arts collective PULSE Ensemble. There she also worked with local NGO Shubhendra & Saskia Rao Foundation developing place-based K-12 arts curriculum.
In 2019, she earned her MFA in experimental sound from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College with the completion of her thesis, "Nā Kai ʻEwalu: Fluidity and Fragmentation as Form in Indigenous Experimental Performance." Nawa currently serves as the Program Assistant of the East-West Center Arts Program in Mānoa where she also studies hula under the instruction of Hālau Hula O Maiki.