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The notion of time has been a keen interest for Alina Kawai. She combines experiences and moments of the past, present, and future to recreate narratives. Painting becomes an investigation of how to represent moments that are precious, forgotten, or concealed. Kawai was born in Hyogo, Japan and now resides in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She is a BFA graduate from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with an Outstanding Undergraduate Award In Painting.