BFA alum, Marques Hanalei Marzan, has made a splash in the art community after graduating from UH Manoa. He has trained under noted experts in Hawai‘i, including master weavers, Julia Minerva Ka'awa and Esther Kakalia Westmoreland. Marzan has used his top-notch training to distinguish himself as a notable fiber artist locally and internationally. Sine 2004 he has traversed the globe embodying Hawai‘i in numerous festivals celebrating cultural arts of indigenous people. While representing Hawai‘i in the Festivals of Pacific Arts he has traveled to Palau, Pagopago, American Samoa, Koror, and the Soloman Islands. In 2006 Marzan brought Hawaiian art to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival held in Washington D.C.
Marzan is currently a staff member of the Bishop Museum’s Cultural Resources Division in Kalihi. Utilizing his skills and cultural ties Marzan shares Hawaiian culture and fiber art to the public through workshops, demonstrations, and presentations. On October 18th TEDxMānoa will host Marzan as well as many other distinguished artists.