Using her keen eye and experience volunteering at ‘Ainahou Ranch, Lanaya Deily captures the unique flora and fauna specific to Hawai’i island. She received a BA in Art from San Francisco State and a Masters in Art Education from California College of Arts and Crafts. After teaching in Oakland California for 31 years, she retired with her husband in Hilo and in 2005 moved to the Volcano area.
“After years of working with many different media including weaving, metal arts, jewelry, glass blowing, photography and various crafts, I have chosen photography, to express myself. My photography has evolved from a Nikon SLR using black and white film and printing in a darkroom with chemicals, to a Nikon digital SLR camera and printing with a large format inkjet printer using pigmented inks.
I was the photographer and graphic artist for Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens for 10 years, and also worked with Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. I love taking photos of Hawaii’s flora and fauna – especially the nene at ‘Ainahou Ranch where I volunteered.”
Her photos have been published locally and exhibited in numerous shows at the Wailoa Center.