m a l i a l a n i m a d e
artwork and creative dabbling
B I O
I'm Malialani; artist, writer, and creator of obscurity.
I paint watercolor on canvas, write, do pyrography, and create jewelry on occasion. You can follow my artistic process and journey on Instagram and sometimes on YouTube when I'm feeling particularly full of energy.
I am married to Marko, mama to Rory and Jinora, and dog mom to Lupercalia (and a smattering of other animals).
In addition to art, I am a kanaka maoli (native Hawaiian), homesteader, friend, hula novice, ocean voyager, and inconsistent guitar player.
Super stoked you could be here.
C O L L E C T I O N S
N A M A K A
In Hawai'i the more versions of a mo'olelo (story), the more mana (power) it has. One version does not discredit another, they hold each other up even if they contradict one another. We value the makawalu (different perspectives).
There is one story in particular that every culturally practicing Hawaiian knows, with so many different versions they are often layered on top of one another. The story of a clan of sisters, the eldest being Namakaokahai, and how they came to exist here in Hawai'i nei as Namaka chased her sister, Pele, across the entirety of the Pacific.
Recently coming home, I've found myself drawn to this specific mo'olelo again and again. Delving into the subtleties of the eldest sister, her movements and choices throughout the journey, watching the movement and choices of the sea.
D E P R E S S I O N
I, like so many artists before me, struggle with depression and anxiety. Even in times of gratitude and even joy, it can sneak up and take hold of me. Recently I've been trying to capture those seasons. The way it feels to me. Not all encompassing darkness, but creeping and treacherous, existing in the same space as joy or happiness, a slow drain on the goodness I know I should be grateful for. Be content in.
This series is my answer to those shadows. If only just to get it onto canvas.