Meet the Panel for Immigration Stories of Place


Taiji Terasaki, a Japanese-American contemporary artist, attended Hunter College in New York and Cal State Long Beach in the MFA programs. Terasaki's work engages us in the concerns for conservation, preservation and restoration of our environment and culture. These subjects are prevalent in his past exhibits - "Rebirth: Planting Again the Agroforestry Mindset" and the mist container installation -"Edible Landscapes for the Trillenium". His performance, installation and photographic work in "Feeding the Immortals" and this current installation, "Generation of Immigrants", encourages us to connect to our cultural heritage. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the newly formed Terasaki Conservancy, a non-profit foundation, whose mission is to create educational art exhibitions that offers a gem of hope that humankind is in fact capable of being wise and visionary stewards for environmental challenges that our generation will come to inherit.


Isabella Ellaheh Hughes has spent over a decade in the arts and culture sector, working as a curator, public programmer, editor and art critic, in addition to being a co-founder and Innovation Director of Honolulu Biennial Foundation. Complementing her work in the arts, she also is a food and beverage entrepreneur, serving as president and co-founder of Shaka Tea, which supports sustainable agriculture and community development through Hawaiʻi-grown, māmaki tea, as well as a co-founder of the Māmaki Association and Shaka Forest Farms. Born and raised on Oʻahu, she and her ʻohana currently reside in Hilo.


Reem Bassous received her BA from The Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon and her MFA from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. She is an instructor at Leeward Community College. Her most recent projects include a residency at Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture and Design and an upcoming group exhibition at the Arab American National Museum.

Taiji Terasaki

Isabella Ellaheh Hughes

Reem Bassous

Daniel Sheinfeld Rodriguez


Currently residing and working on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Venezuelan-born Daniel Sheinfeld Rodriguez is a conceptual artist with a background in architecture and industrial design. He is best known for creating sculptures and installations that utilize both cutting edge technology and traditional fabrication techniques. The juxtaposition of nature and technology, and the transformation of mundane materials into visually appealing objects are prevalent subjects throughout his conceptually rich work.


Nanci Amaka is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist exploring ideas surrounding trauma, identity, memory and the sensorial elements between experience and language. Pulling inspiration from her close work with refugees, the chronically ill and those that have been through tragic experiences, her performances are poetic narratives of memory retrieval & inspection that investigate limits of vulnerability & social empathy. Nanci received a BA in Visual Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Nanci was born in Nigeria and spent her formative years in a rural rainforest village in south eastern Nigeria. She now lives and works in Hawaii.


With eighteen years of experience promoting and curating design, music, and art in Hawai‘i, Ara Feducia brings a deft style as the creative director of Nella Media Group. Ara periodically serves as a design and typography lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and can often be found volunteering for local non-profit groups who support Hawai‘i’s arts and culture community.


Konrad Ng is the executive director of Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design. Before joining Shangri La, Konrad was the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Center in Washington, DC where he opened several groundbreaking exhibitions about the Asian American experience, including the first show of Asian American portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. He also taught critical studies courses on cinema and digital media as a professor of creative media at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Hosted by: Hawaii Theater Center, Terasaki Conservancy

Venue: Pantheon Contemporary

Special Thanks to: Art World Escape and Yield

Nanci Amaka

Ara Feducia

Konrad Ng