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Lehuauakea Fernandez is a mixed Native Hawaiian interdisciplinary artist from Pāpaʻikou on Moku O Keawe, the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Lehua’s Kānaka Maoli family descends from the Kalawaiʻa and Kalā lineages of Kohala and Hāmākua, while her Japanese relatives carry on the Aihara, Nomi, and Kanno lineages.

She has participated in several solo and group shows throughout the Pacific Northwest. These most recently include ‘A Gift, A Breath’ at Alice Gallery and ‘Yəhaw̓’ at King Street Station in Seattle, and ‘A Thirst For Saltwater’ at Fuller Rosen Gallery and ‘Until We Meet Again’ at Blackfish Gallery in Portland. Through a range of craft-based media, her art serves as a means of exploring cultural and biological ecologies, mixed-Indigenous identity and representation, and what it means to live within the context of contemporary environmental degradation. With a particular focus on the craft of ʻohe kāpala as an act of resilience that bridges the gap between the traditional and the modern, Lehua is able to breathe new life into patterns used for generations and carry this means of storytelling well into the future.

The artist is currently based between Portland and Pāpaʻikou after recently earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting, with a minor in Art + Ecology at Pacific Northwest College of Art.



2018 Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting / Minor in Art + Ecology, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2017 Semester Exchange Program, Arts University Bournemouth, Poole, England



2019  Until We Meet Again, Blackfish Gallery Fishbowl, Portland, OR

A Thirst For Saltwater, Fuller Rosen Gallery, Portland, OR

A Gift, A Breath, The Alice Gallery, Seattle, WA

2018  He Wai E Ola, Esther Building Arts Space, Vancouver, WA

2017  retracing // my steps, Nat Turner Project, Portland, OR

2016 Spacial Navigation, Crema Coffee and Bakery, Portland, OR

        Primordial Existence Cave, Innovation Studio Gallery, Portland, OR

2015 Souvenir, BFA Gallery, Portland, OR



2019 Yəhaw̓, King Street Station, Seattle, WA

2018  Recent Graduates Exhibition, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR 

        Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2017  Object Memory, OV Project Space, Portland, OR

        Window Waiting: a discordant harmony, Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, Portland, OR

        Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

        Nat Turner Pops Up, Furthermore Gallery, Portland, OR

        The 2nd Annual Women in Politics Fundraiser for Governor Kate Brown, Portland, OR 

         Etàt de Siege (Under Siege), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR

2016 Warmth, Student Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

         In Semblance, Innovation Studio Gallery, Portland, OR



2019 R.I.S.E. Art + Poetry Fellowship - Lead Recipient, Radical Indigenous Survivance and Empowerment

2018 Lawrence Duckler New Arts Award, Blackfish Gallery

        Abraham and Anna C. Helman Thesis Award; Thesis Paper Award; Painting Department Award; Pacific Northwest College of Art

G. Douglas Byers Memorial Fellowship, Signal Fire Arts

2017 Nancy Tonkin Memorial Scholarship, Pacific Northwest College of Art

        Manuel Izquierdo Award in Sculpture, Pacific Northwest College of Art

        C.S. Price Award in Painting, Pacific Northwest College of Art

        Carey Life Drawing Competition - First Place, Pacific Northwest College of Art

2016 Studio Arts Merit Scholarship, Pacific Northwest College of Art

2015 Foundation Merit Scholarship, Pacific Northwest College of Art

2014 Scholastic Merit Scholarship, Pacific Northwest College of Art

        National Silver Medal in Photography, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

        Gold and Silver Keys, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards


2019 A Thirst For Saltwater, a 48-page full-color paperback released by and in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title at Fuller Rosen Gallery

ʤə́ kʼʷ: an indigenous art zine, a risograph zine published on the occasion of the closing reception of Yəhaw̓, Seattle, WA (feature)

2018 Nat Turner Project: testimony, an examination of curation in IV movements, Letra Chueca Press and Nat Turner Project (artist feature)



2019 Art + Science Residency: Dark Sky, PLAYA, Summer Lake, OR

Centrum Foundation Indigenous Artist Residency, Port Townsend, WA

2018  Signal Fire: Wide Open Studios Southwest Immersion Trip, Four Corners region, USA


2019 City of Tualatin + Tualatin Riverkeepers: Stormdrain Mural Project at Ibach Park, Tualatin, OR



2018 STEAM Camp Educator: Design Naturalists, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR