Hawaiian Culture Event - FEB

Exposure priority: 
Display Name: 
Hawaiian Culture Event - Tattoo Traditions of Hawai‘i and Polynesia
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Rodney "Ni" Powell

Hawaiian Culture Events at Kalani

Kalani's new series of Hawaiian Culture Events takes place every 4th Wednesday of the month.

These events feature a different Hawaiian cultural practitioner who speaks and shares ‘ike (wisdom) through talk story, hō`ike`ike (demonstration), or hana`ana (performances).

Kalani’s monthly Hawaiian Culture Events provide a unique forum where Hawai`i and its peoples can come together and share cultural knowledge, customs, and aloha to all willing to receive.

Admission: Free / Donation

* * *

This month's theme:

Tattoo Traditions of Hawai‘i and Polynesia with Rodney "Ni" Powell

About Rodney

Rodney “Ni” Powell was born in Fiji and is of Tongan, Fijian, and Samoan descent. He has a Masters degree in Social Work which he applies in practice on behavioral health and the impact on Pacific Island immigrant communities. Ni began tattooing in 1998 after being mentored by renowned tattooists Tricia Allen and Suʻa Suluʻape ʻAisea Toetuʻu. Ni also credits Suʻa Suluʻape ʻAlaivaʻa for his knowledge of ancient Samoan tatau traditions. In 2010, Ni was afforded the opportunity to apprentice traditional tattooing under Suluʻape ʻAisea. Niʻs passion for tattooing and Pacific Island art has led him throughout the Pacific from Samoa to Tahiti, to Easter Island, the Marquesas and Palau. Currently, Ni is collaborating with several Tongan experts and renowned tattooist on formulating his work into a comprehensive book on Tongan tattoo traditions. He lives in Hawaiʻi full time.

Click here to read Rodney's article "Tattooing and traditional Tongan tattoo" on Matador Nights.