Kai Lava, a Smithsonian Museum featured artist with roots connecting back to Princess Kaiulani of Hawaii and legendary Hawaiian singer Don Ho. Kai found her true love in the art of painting, "Art does not come to me as a thought; I feel it as an uncontrollable pounding in my heart, then I create for absolutely no reason other than to experience bliss."
Kai's artwork has attracted famous collectors, including Mike Tyson, Dionne Warwick, Jon Lovitz, Nicholas Cage, Quincy Jones, Mariah Carey, Conor McGregor, Michael Godard, Gene Simmons, Vince Neil, Steve Aoki, Clive Davis and more. Kai was commissioned to create art for the new Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders. as well as The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. She recently completed all the art installations in the award winning Sheltair's new private jet FBO at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.
Kai Lava was born Ka'iulani Wahinenoilama, meaning "The royal sacred woman searching for knowledge and truth in the highest point of heaven." Kai's family maintains a strong presence today on the island of Oahu in the arts, police and fire departments. When you meet Kai it is clear that she is filled with the Aloha Spirit.
Kai believes that beauty is found in the most humble of places, and she is especially drawn to the beautiful imperfections of life. "Painting is a very spiritual and healing process for me. The feeling is intoxicating and takes me to a place where there is no time. I get lost for hours when painting yet it feels like seconds."
Kai continues to develop a style of her own, leading her paintings to the Smithsonian Museum, as well as developing an incredible community of collectors. "When someone finds my art and is drawn so emotionally to it that they purchase it, I feel joyful and grateful; they have a piece of my heart. My art is meant to be felt by those who long for true connection."
Kai Lava and her lovely family live in Las Vegas, also known as the ninth Hawaiian Island.