Tom Kualii is a talented photographer, who was born and reared in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Tom spent much of his earlier years drawing using different materials and techniques to express what he see. Kuali enrolled in a number of art classes at the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Community College, one of which was photography taught by renown artist, Linus chao. It was his first introduction to the professional use of the camera. om has become a progressively advancing professional photographer, having focused his lens on athletes of all ages on many courts and fields, including professional athletes in many sports. He photographed aspiring models, competing hula dancers, singers and musicians, high school graduates, politicians, brides and grooms, and celebrating families and friends.
With an expanded, more acute eye for details, Tom have captured stunning images of nature as well. Tom’s passion is the theatre that is Kalapana; The vast playground of the Hawaiian Goddess, Pele. There he finds a connection to his roots as a Hawaiian – even as a descendent of the native kings and warriors of old. Trekking over sacred, treacherous, unpaved landscape in the dark of night, lends to his dependence on a higher power. It becomes a spiritual experience that lays the backdrop for a simply spectacular production of wonder and beauty. Tom has been making this trek several times a week since march of 2008, capturing the magnificence of it all in his images.