Ho`oulunonalani has been a practicing designer in the fields of paper engineering, toy design, puppetry, and experiential design. Project clients include Disney, Apple TV, LG, Kiehl’s and Target. She has previously taught art and design studios at Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. Her current research centers on paper engineering, technical optimization through digital tool development and its application in Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) education and storytelling. Other research interests include the narrative curation, design and presentation of physical and digital art jewelry exhibitions and novel application of prosumer digital tools to historically costly, analog processes.
Ho’o holds an interdisciplinary BS in architecture and mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design.