Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, Co-Founder and Director
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hughes is an art critic, curator, and entrepreneur. Sheʻs written for ArtAsiaPacific, Brownbook, Contemporary Practices, Frieze, Harper’s Art Bazaar Arabia and Ibraaz, in addition to contributing to exhibition catalogues for the Singapore Art Museum, Barjeel Art Foundation, Agha Khan Museum, and Bahrain’s Ministry of Culture. She is the editor of the monograph, Sama Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In (Aperture Foundation, 2015), and has curated exhibitions nationally and internationally, including for Art Dubai Projects, Ayyam Gallery, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Transformer Gallery, and Maraya Art Center.A frequent speaker and moderator of panels, Hughes has also served as a nominator for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program; Abraaj Capital Art Prize, as well as a juror for the YICCA 2013 International Contest of Contemporary Art, Art Omi International visual arts residency, and was the 2016 co-curator of CONTACT: Foreign and Familiar at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

Katherine Anne Leilani Tuider, Co-Founder and Director
Originally from Hawai'i, Tuider is a multifaceted business, development and arts professional with a focus on donor development, financial management, grant writing and marketing. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, she wrote successful grant proposals in Spanish and English, and helped manage a $1 million PEPFAR budget in order to organize over 20 health conferences. Tuider was also an International Recruiter in Washington, DC for CARANA Corporation, where she recruited teams for USAID, DFID, MCC and World Bank-funded international development proposals and specialized in recruiting for projects in economic growth, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), health, natural resource management (NRM), tourism and art. An innovative tourism specialist, Tuider created, owned and operated Anti-Tour, a socially conscious travel company that provided personalized adventures to Dominican Republic. She is also the author of Dominican Republic (Other Places Travel Guide, 2012).

Honolulu Biennial 2017 team

Mona Abadir, Board President Emeritus

Fumio Nanjo, Curatorial Director and Inaugural Curatorial Director Emeritus 

Ngahiraka Mason, Curator

Mami Hirose, Assistant to the Curatorial Director

Dr. Kóan Jeff Baysa, Co-founder of HBF and Special Advisor to the Curator

Yoko Ott, Project Manager

Scott Lawrimore, Installation Manager   


Michaela Bear, Curatorial Assistant and Assistant Editor

Andrea Charuk, Education Coordinator

Marika Emi, Education Coordinator

Chris Hendricks, Designer

Carol Khewhok, VIP and Volunteer Manager

Iris Kim, Project Assistant

Brian Linares, Project Assistant

Yvonne Manipon, Volunteer Coordinator

Lala Nuss, Public Programs Manager

Joshua Nye, Box Office Manager

Ahilapalapa Rands, Project Assistant

Dee Taketa, Bookkeeper


Curatorial Advisory Board

Dr. Kóan Jeff Baysa, Co-founder of HBF and Special Advisor to the Curator

Dr. Greg Dvorak, Curatorial Advisory Board

Dr. Katherine Higgins, Curatorial Advisory Board

Dr. Margo Machida, Curatorial Advisory Board


Exhibit Attendants

Jessica “Dusty” Behner

Selah Chung

William “Gus” Courtney

Oriana Filiaci

John Friend

Kyrsten Kidani

Duane Sosa

Tanyah Tavorn

Megan Wharton


Box Office Staff

Jesper Butts

Amanda Hinojos

Lola Love

Miu Lam Oman

Thomas Pang          

Steffanie Sobitz

Board of Directors

Taiji Terasaki, President

Kristen Chan, Vice President

Katherine Don

Sonny Ganaden

Shaunagh Guinness Robbins

Meli James

Gloria Lau, Vice President/Treasurer

Heather Shimizu, Secretary

Brett Zaccardi

Community Advisory Board

Marika Emi, Artist, Honolulu, HI

Carol Khewok, Arts Manager, Honolulu, HI

Robert Lambeth, Executive Director, Hawai'i International Film Festival, Honolulu, HI

Marla Momi Musick, Creative Director, Laukoa Creative LLC, Honolulu, HI

Maile Meyer, Founder, Native Books/Na Mea Hawai'i and Executive Director, Pu'uhonua Society, Honolulu, HI

Deborah G. Nehmad, Artist, Honolulu, HI

Dr. Konrad Ng, Director, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts's Shangri La, Honolulu, HI

Josh Tengan, Curator and Arts Administrator, Na Mea Hawai'i and Pu'uhonua Society, Honolulu, HI

Maika'i Tubbs, Artist, HI/New York City

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