Keli'i Makua is a native Hawaiian cultural practioner. His journey into the ways of his ancestors began at a young age when he studied under the tutelage of his uncle Hale Makua and later learning hula, then transitioning into Ka ‘Uhi, traditional Hawaiian tattooing through his cousin Keone Nunes. It was Nunes who led Keli'i on an almost thirty-year undertaking into the world of Hawaiian tattooing that became a renaissance in its own right. 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 sharing the spirituality of the Hawaiian kakau with his audience.
"My ultimate goal is to take all of this vast amount of knowledge, shared wisdom and skills passed on to me from my family and teachers and share it with not only the people and nation of Hawaii, but with the world and with anyone seeking this knowledge. [...] I feel I have been tasked with this and it is with great humility that I will give it my all to make sure I answer this calling and fulfill not only my destiny, but the destiny of my ancestors and the future generations..."