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).


Dr. Kóan Jeff Baysa, Co-Founder and Special Advisor to the Curator, Honolulu Biennial 2017
Born and raised in Hawai‘i and educated in San Francisco and New York, Kóan Jeff "KJ" Baysa is a physician, writer, and contemporary art curator focusing on the human sensorium, neuroscience of perception, and the cultural constructs of health and aesthetics. He is an alumnus of the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program (ISP-Curatorial) and a member of the Association International des Critiques d’ Art (AICA). Segueing from a clinical medicine practice in Manhattan to a science and design curatorial practice in Los Angeles, he keeps his hand in translational medicine as the Chief Medical Officer for Medical Avatar, a health app for personal mobile devices. He is also the Curator for the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles, and Co-founder of the Joshua Treenial in the Mojave Desert. He has aided medical mission teams in conflict zones and coordinates exhibitions, workshops, and panel discussions internationally.

Honolulu Biennial 2017 Staff

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Board of Directors

Mona Abadir, President

Kristen Chan

Katherine Don

Sonny Ganaden, Secretary

Shaunagh Guinness Robbins

Meli James

Jon Kobayashi

Gloria Lau, Vice President

Li Lundin

Sherron Rosenberger

Taiji Terasaki

Heather Shimizu

Brett Zaccardi, Treasurer

Community Advisory Board

Marika Emi, Artist, Honolulu, HI

Jay Jensen, Curator of Contemporary Art, Honolulu Museum of Art, 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

Rich Richardson, Executive Director, Hawai'i Academy of Performing Arts, Chinatown Artists Lofts & The Arts at Marks Garage 

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