Master Carver, Owner of Nā Maka Kahiko

Nalu Andrade first had an interest in carving at the age of six when he was witness to the 1978 voyage of Hōkūleʻa. He borrowed carving and voyaging books from his school library and began to try to make his own canoe with items found around his household. While still in high school he was asked to help with the lashing on Hōkūleʻa at Pier 40. During his time with Hōkūleʻa he met many artists and carvers that were involved in the new Hawaiian renaissance. Keone Nunes became his good friend, mentor, and first formal teacher; guiding Nalu in his carving and hula. Wright Bowman Jr. along with Gil Ane asked Nalu to help with the construction of Hawaiʻi Loa; where he continued his education in carving and lashing. After high school, Nalu began making bone and koʻi and makau for craft fairs and for the Bishop Museum gift shop. In 2015, Nalu created Na Maka Kahiko. Blending the old with the new; he created his hand carved ʻohe kāpala earrings inspired by designs found at the Bishop Museum. Nalu also teaches his craft through workshops. He has done workshops for Pūnana Leo schools, Keiki o ka ʻĀina, Kapiʻolani Community College, and many others. Nalu resides in Honouliuli, ʻEwa, with his wife and their two children.