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By Popular Demand, Keone Nunes Returns to Washington, D.C.

E Ala E Hawaiian Cultural Center is honored to bring Master tattoo culturalist and native Hawaiian from Wai`anae, Hawai`i, Keone Nunes, to the Washington, D.C. area. He will be here December 14 and 15, 2019 to share his gift of tattoo artistry with people from the DMV area! Keone has been at the forefront of the movement to bring “uhi” - or traditional tattooing - back to the Hawaiian Islands. He has been tattooing for over 25 years and has been using traditional Hawaiian/Polynesian tattoo tools exclusively since 1999.

Depending on the kind of tattoo people want, Keone will tattoo about 5 – 10 people over the weekend. E Ala E Hawaiian Cultural Center members will receive priority in booking appointments. Here’s the schedule:

-Sat., Dec. 14 & Sun., Dec. 15(10:00AM – 8:00PM): Tattooing (If you’re not being tattooed and just want to watch and learn, we ask for a donation to E Ala E Hawaiian Cultural Center, a 501[c][3] non-profit organization)

Location for both events will be at 251 18th St., S., Arlington, VA 22202 (Conference Center on Lobby Level)


Food and snacks can be purchased at The Shops in the same building.

Details | Information

-Email Marilyn Farias at with the following details:

o Name, email, phone number and date of birth

o Potential tattoo wanted, e.g., chest, arm, shoulder, full leg

o Native Hawaiians: Provide genealogy as best possible

o Filipinos: Where your family is from or what language they speak

o Other nationalities: Short summary of your family background

-While Keone primarily does Hawaiian tatau (tattoo), he also does Samoan and Tahitian designs.

-Designs will be based on information provided (NOTE: No animal tattoos as, in ancient times, such tattoos were reserved for warriors who carried out any directive given to them by kings and chiefs). You will be required to sign a consent and release form before you begin your session.

-EHCC Members: $75 non-refundable deposit; Non-Members: $100 non-refundable deposit. All deposits are due, to reserve your spot. Final payment will be due at the end of your session, which may range from $250 - $900 depending on your tattoo.

-We will ask your permission to have people watch you being tattooed. If yes, understand that people will be able to ask questions of Keone while he works. If no, we will honor your request for privacy.

-Typically, the youngest age is 18, but Keone will tattoo a slightly younger person with parental consent.

-Age has a lot to do with the placement of a tattoo. For example, as we get older, our skin gets looser, and Keone will not place a tattoo, which will eventually be affected by the passage of time.

If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn Farias at


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