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E Kanikapila Kakou is our premier Hawaiian music program. Every year from February through April (and sometimes into May) the best Hawaiian musicians come to Kauai for a real old time get together. Check the E Kanikapila Kakou page for the latest schedule, pictures and great reviews of previous performances.

Our ARTS Magazine comes out four times a year. It includes news, reviews and wonderful informative articles about the arts on Kauai. It’s a full color tabloid that comes out in the Kauai Island News and is delivered to every mailbox on Kauai. And if you live on another island or on the mainland, you can read every issue online or download it as an Adobe Acrobat document here.

Kauai Craft Studios runs workshops and the popular Van Go! program that brings the art van to communities and schools all over the island.

Van Go! has been working with schools and students all over the island to create art that will be used in the newly rebuilt Kamalani Pavilion. You can be a part of rebuilding the pavilion by volunteering with GIAC or making a donation.




Of course GIAC also runs art shows… and many, many other exciting events.

Embrace the arts! Join GIAC today!


  • encourages greater public participation in & understanding, enjoyment & appreciation of a wide variety of art & cultural activities
  • creates greater public concern about & awareness of the value of art & culture in enriching the lives of residents & visitors by initiating & promoting quality programs
  • partners with other community organizations & the community at large to establish a “home” for arts, education & technology where the partners in the facility can effectively carry out their missions to serve the community & help build a strong economic base for our island community

The Garden Island Arts Council (GIAC) is a non-profit organization comprised of an all-volunteer board of directors who provide a year-round program of art, cultural activities & events for the benefit of residents of & visitors to Kauai.

Information about the Gardent Island Arts Council

The Garden Island Arts Council is a private, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that is supported by its membership, private business, individuals, and funding support from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the County of Kaua‘i and Hawaii Community Foundation – Gwenfread Elaine Allen Fund and Annie Sinclair Knudsen Fund. Also the Cooke Foundation, Ltd. for Van Go through Hawaii Community Foundation, the Atherton Family Foundation for strategic planning through Hawaii Community Foundation, the Hawaii Tourism Authority for EKK through the Kauai County Office of Economic Development, and the Hawaii Community Foundation for Happy Crutches through a Mo’ Bettah Together grant.

Board of Directors

Carol Yotsuda – Executive Director


KATHERINE BROCKLEHURST:  Katherine is a financial advisor. Katherine and husband Jerry moved to Kalaheo full time in 2005 from San Jose.  Prior to moving to Kaua’i, Katherine worked in high tech, specializing in network security and wireless technology with positions held at Nokia, McAfee, RSA, Tandem Computers, etc.  Katherine holds a B.S. in music, plays various instruments and created “Music for Me,” a successful neighborhood after-school children’s music program. Volunteering at E Kanikapila Kakou in 2006, Katherine feels drawn to the advancement of Hawaiian arts and the mission of GIAC and is presently serving as the President of the Board. She also serves on the board of the Kaua’i Music Festival since 2006 and helps produce its annual concerts and songwriter’s conference.

HOPE DE MARCO:  Hope has a BFA from Boston University School of Art and studied ceramics with Clayton Bailey at Hayward State University. She worked on the development of the Art Teacher’s certification for the NBPTS and is a recipient of the NBPTS Credentials.  She taught public school art in grades K – 12 for 26 years and retired from a 15-year career as Art Department Chair and Ceramics Teacher at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA.  She has exhibited in stores, galleries and exhibitions on East and West coasts for the past 30 years.  She moved to Kaua’i with her husband to work on their Madadamia Nut Farm, build their home and further her ceramics art.

CAMMIE MATSUMOTO:  Cammie loves art and completely respects artists and their creative inclinations. A graduate of UH Manoa, Cammie earned her Fine Arts degree in ceramics and textile design and a degree in English. She helped start a ceramic business and served as the company’s designer, sales rep and production manager where she designed the company’s products. She was a member of the Hawaii Potter’s Guild in Honolulu and served on the Board of Directors for Hawaii Literacy, Inc. from 1998 – 2004.  Her family is from Kaua’i. She is director of Community Relations & Special Projects and is housed in the Office of the Chancellor at Kaua’i Community College.

S. LYN MCNUTT: Currently working as Grants Administrator at the Kaua’’i Community College, Lyn McNutt was a Research Associate Professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks and affiliated with the School of Fisheries & Ocean Science. She has a BA & MA from UCLA in cartography & remote sensing and a minor in 2-D design & animation. She has over 35 years experience in project management, program design & development in national and international agencies, served as Chief Scientist for Alaska Satellite Facility & the Arctic Region Supercomputer Center, worked 20 years as Radio DJ & World Music programmer at UAF. She currently hosts a weekly music program at KKCR & serves on the Board of Directors of the Kekahu Foundation, parent organization for KKCR.

BEVERLY MONTEL:  Beverly Montel is retired and has lived in Wailua since 2006. Prior to retirement, she had a 40-year career in the printing and graphics industry. Initially, she worked for a wholesale company in Union City, CA, eventually becoming the advertising manager. After working for a printing company in Fresno for 10 years, Beverly and her husband started their own printing business which, after 25 years, grew into one of Central California’s largest commercial printing establishments. Her many interests include beading, quilting and gardening. She is also an active volunteer for Child & Family Services on Kaua’i. She came to GIAC as a volunteer for E Kanikapila Kakou.

KIM STEUTERMANN ROGERS: Kim Steutermann Rogers spends most days with a pen in her hand or a keyboard in her lap.  Toting a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Masters in Fine Arts from Antioch University Los Angeles, Kim writes for and various magazines, including  Hawai’i, Hana Hou and Islands, among others.  In 2006, Kim started, an online literary journal.  On Friday afternoons, Kim serves as a docent at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.  In her spare time, she monitors and helps protect the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals.

JUDY SHABERT: Judy Shabert is a graduate of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i. She obtained a Masters in the Public Health from Harvard University followed by training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine. She worked in the Boston area as an Ob/Gyn, did research and published papers in nutrition and glutamine, and ended her career as Medical Director for a start-up Internet company. While not an artist herself, she has a great appreciation for the arts. She has been a member of GIAC for a number of years and volunteers at E Kanikapila Kakou.

R. EVE SOLOMON:  With an extensive background in graphics, display and puppet theater, Eve has taught commercial art, calligraphy and arts and crafts at Island School and Kaua’i Crafts Studio. She is a past director of the Kaua’i Academy of Creative Arts. Her paintings and jewelry are sold at The Art Shop in Lihu’e.  She has served as a veteran board member for many years with the GIAC and the Kaua’i Society of Artists.

PETER STERNE:  Peter Sterne is a graduate of USC. He has a BA in Radio-Television and an MA in Telecommunications. He worked at ABC-TV in many capacities, ending up as Director of Current Comedy and Variety Shows. He then went to James Komack & Co and was in charge of “Welcome Back Kotter.” He ended his career at CBS-TV, again holding several different positions, including VP of Current Comedy and Director of Movies and Mini-series. Peter retired to Lake Tahoe where he served on the Board of the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival. He and wife, Jan, moved to Kaua’i permanently in 2006. He is active in Rotary, and he and Jan teach Qi Gong and volunteer at GIAC.

DIANE WRY UNDERWOOD:  After earning a M.D. degree from the University of Colorado, Diane completed an Ophthalmology residency in Virginia and was a fellow in corneal surgery at Kresge Eye Institute in Michigan.  She served on the board of the Lions’ Eye Bank and as an associate professor, taught residents at the Medical College of Hampton Roads.  Following over 24 years of practice in Norfolk, Virginia, she is retired from medicine. Diane and family moved to Kaua’i in 2004 to enjoy and embrace the Hawaiian culture where she is currently pursuing a lifelong interest in the arts, painting with Kaua’I artists and seeking her own style. A member of KSA and GIAC, she would love to assist in developing a Center for the Arts on Kaua’’i.

JOHN SYDNEY YAMANE:  A third-generation local boy from Waimea, a computer technician by trade and community man by heart, John Sydney owns Hawai’i Wireless & Broadband dba Hawaii Link Internet Service, located on Kress Street. His business provides internet services, computer repair and website hosting. He’s the past president of West Kaua’i Business Association, West Kaua’i Rotary Club and Kaua’i Food Bank. We’re pleased that GIAC has uplinked to John’s heart.

CAROL KOUCHI YOTSUDA:  A charter member of the GIAC and its first president, Carol has been an active volunteer in the arts for five-plus decades, bringing enrichment to the lives of the people of Kaua’i. She started the E Kanikapila Kakou program, the Kaua’i Crafts Studio, Van Go! and has served as Director of the Kaua’i Academy of Creative Arts.  She has an MFA from the University of Hawai’i and is a practicing artist, a retired public school art teacher and art instructor at the Kaua’i Community College.  Presently, she serves as Executive Director/Treasurer of the GIAC.

AFFILIATES, 2014 – 2015

ANNE E. O’MALLEY, former editor of ARTS, the Garden Island Arts Council newsletter, is a freelance writer and photojournalist. She served as editor of ForKaua’i and She holds an M.S. degree in journalism from Boston University. Her work appears regularly in local publications, is cast in bronze along the Koloa Heritage Trail, was in a set of five interpretive panels accompanying an exhibition on rare and endangered plants of Hawai’i at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. and appeared at the Smithsonian Folk Fair Festival on the Mall in Washington, D.C. She edited a book on native Hawaiian master weavers that is in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection.

CARRIE JOHNSON:  Carrie Johnson studied fine art at U.C. Berkeley and at Laney College in Oakland. She has participated in shows and various events in the San Francisco Bay area and on Kaua’i since moving here many years ago. Painting as time permits, Carrie has sold paintings and drawings to private collectors on island and on the mainland. As GIAC webmaster, she keeps current and attractive.

JODI ASCUENA: Jodi Ascuena was born in Newcastle, England and went to college in Manchester where she got her BA degree in Fashion and Textile Design and MA in Graphic Design, specializing in fashion illustration. After graduating, she became a part-time lecturer at Manchester University and also ran her own clothing company. She married Victor Ascuena in Arizona, took up teaching at Plaza 3 School of Fashion and also Mesa Community College and again started a clothing company and interior design business. Jodi and Victor moved to Kaua’i in 1992 where they make their home in sunny Koloa. Jodi graduated in Hawaiian Studies at Kaua’i Community College in 2011 and continues to attend this school as a student in the area of Hawaiian Language.

DONNA GRAY:  Donna Gray, retired teacher/tutor, has worked in varied and interesting jobs. She worked in the tennis industry as manager for International Tennis Professional University,  served as editor and ad salesperson for Gray West Publishing, and provides moving services. She served two years as a hospice volunteer and is currently volunteering as a Monk Seal Responder on Kaua’i, at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and for the Garden Island Arts Council.




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