Keli’i is a native Hawaiian cultural tattoo practitioner.  His journey into the ways of his ancestors has been an almost thirty-year undertaking. In December 2016, Keli’i was recognized as “Kahuna Ka Uhi,” a priest of tatooing, through a private, solemn ceremony that has not been performed for over 200 years. He is currently the only Hawaiian to hold this title. 


Keli’i will be here in Dallas sharing the spirituality and art of the Hawaiian kakau with us. This is a truly rare experience and we encourage you to take advantage while you can.


Read more about Kali’l Makua on Hawaii Public Radio and The Molokai Dispatch

Instagram @kelii_makua



Header photo by Ryan Sakamoto