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Nawahine Lanzilotti

Founder / President, Pulse Oceania

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Location: Honolulu, HI
Start Year: 2024
TRHT Pillar: Narrative Change


Nāwāhineokalaʻi (Nawahine) Lanzilotti, M.A. / M.F.A., is a kanaka ʻōiwi (Native Hawaiian) multidisciplinary artist and educator from Hawaiʻi. Nawahine facilitates creative acts of decolonization rooted in Indigenous storytelling practice to cultivate deeper connections across communities and amplify Indigenous voices.

From 2012–2018, Nawahine lived between New Delhi, India, and Hawaiʻi, studying Hindustani music and creating cross-cultural productions with her international arts collective in India, and training in hula kahiko (classical Hawaiian performance) in Hawai’i. Working with Indigenous artists in India motivated her to return home in 2019 to build opportunities for global exchanges between Native Hawaiians and global Indigenous communities.

As a member of the Hawaiʻi contingent for the Western States Arts Federation’s (WESTAF) 2023 Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminar, Nawahine met with Hawaiʻi congressional representatives in Washington, D.C., to emphasize the connection between supporting Indigenous arts and cultural practice and advancing health in community and environment. In October 2023, Nawahine attended the U.S. State Department’s Young Pacific Leaders regional workshop in Samoa on “Embracing Equity, Inclusion, and Human Rights” to address pressing issues in the Pacific and culturally responsive strategies for advancing Pacific communities.

Nawahine most recently served as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion coordinator for East-West Center on Oʻahu. Her equity and inclusion philosophy centers Indigenous methods of healing and relationship-building for transformative justice.

In May 2023, Nawahine founded Pulse Oceania, an organization dedicated to supporting creative expression for the success of self-sovereignty in the Pacific and connecting Indigenous communities through creative collaboration.

Future Focus

Nawahine is a co-founder and member of Wāhine Koa, a group of Pacific women professionals and business owners from a variety of specialties including corporate management, international education, Pacific climate migration research, community development, and arts and culture. Wāhine Koa supports women in realizing their professional goals through exchange of expertise, networking opportunities, and creative development workshops.

Through these various initiatives, Nawahine is developing a publication of zines and a collaborative performance celebrating Pacific land speaking through Pacific bodies. These projects are part of her vision to support the diversity of Pacific creative storytelling in Hawaiʻi and in diaspora. You can follow the development of this work at

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