Little Nalu Consulting


The mission of Little Nalu Consulting is to provide high quality and innovative exhibitions, public programming, and events consulting services to our clients.

Nalu is a Hawaiian word meaning “waves.” Waves have the power to shape continents. Little Nalu hopes to be the wave that inspires, shapes, changes and most importantly entertains the world.

Koji Steven Sakai is a writer and producer with a flair for telling compelling and diverse stories in many different mediums. In addition to his writing, he spent almost thirteen years at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) as a programmer, curator and Vice President of Programs. Over the course of his career there, he developed, planned, and executed over a thousand public programs. These include, but are not limited to, exhibition openings, lectures, panel discussions, musical performances, theater shows, screenings, family-themed days, workshops, conferences, film festivals and more. In addition, Koji developed, curated, and/or project managed over twenty exhibitions and displays. From historical based exhibitions such as the Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images to cultural based ones such as Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, and to pop culture shows such as Hello: The SuperCute World of Hello Kitty, Koji has worked on them all. He is most proud of Hello! which was one of the most well-attended and successful shows in JANM’s history.

Most recently, Little Nalu Consulting helped oversee the Japanese American National Museum’s popular exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei and Go For Broke National Education Center’s exhibition, Portraits of Courage: Photographs by Shane Sato.


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Public Programing Highlights:

  • Conversations & Loving Prize Presentation with Kip Fulbeck & Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng:
    • Artist/professor/writer/hapa activist Kip Fulbeck and President Obama’s sister/educator/author Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng discuss identity, family, and what it means to be multiracial in America. This program will be moderated by Amy Hill.
  • Japanese Tattoo Live Demonstrations & Lectures
    • Celebrate the opening of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with live tattooing and lectures led by the artists featured in the exhibition.
  • Film Screening and Q&A with Steve Aoki—I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
    • Join us for a special screening of I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, a new documentary on the life of influential DJ, music producer, and record label founder Steve Aoki. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Steve Aoki, moderated by musician and producer Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

Exhibition Highlights:

  • Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images
    •  A celebration of the donation by Susumu “Sus” Ito of his vast archive of photographs and negatives taken while on duty during World War II, Before They Were Heroes gives the public a rare and breathtaking look at the daily lives of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the celebrated all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
  • Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    • Organized as part of the global icon’s 40th-anniversary celebrations, the exhibition examines the colorful history of Hello Kitty and her influence on popular culture. Hello! includes an extensive product survey, with rare and unique items from the Sanrio archives, alongside a selection of innovative contemporary artworks inspired by Hello Kitty and her world.
  • Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game
    • From their original roots in Brooklyn to today’s home in Los Angeles, the Dodgers are trailblazers in the world of sports, on and off the field. The franchise is dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, family-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium and maintaining strong partnerships in the community.
  • Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
    • A photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck, exploring the artistry and master craftsmanship of traditional Japanese tattooing.

Utilizing Koji’s many years of experience, Little Nalu Consulting can help bring an exhibition, program or event to life at any stage. Whether you are struggling to come up with something new or are half-way through the project and need someone to come in to finish it, Little Nalu Consulting is here for you. No project is too big or too small.

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