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David Nala

Honolulu-based Web Designer, DJ, and Event Producer

About

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In my adult life I’ve been a middle school teacher, youth arts advocate, nonprofit tech coordinator, national communications director, party and festival producer, conference organizer, agency web developer, working artist (as a DJ), and marketing & design consultant.

Things I started include Movement Apparatus, CumbiaSazo, Future Ancestors, Sonic Diaspora, and Peoples DJs Collective.

Over the past decade in the arts I’ve worked in 100+ venues, booked 500+ artists, and have hosted 30,000+ attendees through my independently produced events, most notably CumbiaSazo, which I founded in 2011 and took on a 13-city national tour in 2015 and produced a free family festival (5000+ in attendance) with in 2016. From 2014-2017 in particular my flagship event, a dance party featuring bands, DJs, visual artists & chefs, welcomed 600-900 people each and every month to a joyful & safe party space celebrating community, culture, and diversity and donated $10,000+ of proceeds to various social causes in the process. Participating artists hosted during that time included bands & DJs from around the US, Latin America, Canada & Europe as well as local visual artists, poets, craft artisans and more.

As a business & marketing consultant I’ve supported 100+ clients (nonprofit/small business/artists/politicians) over the years through operations, branding & web projects and have been a part of political work ranging from civil rights and anti-globalization movements to being on mayoral campaign staff to coalition building for teachers, immigrants, laborers & LGBTQ youth.

I’ve served on the boards of Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, AREA Magazine, Literacy Works (NFP), The Fire This Time Fund, and Teachers for Social Justice, and as an artist and DJ I’ve shared stages with acts like Ozomatli, A Tribe Called Red, Rich Medina, Lido Pimienta, Pete Rock, LeFto, Jeremy Sole, Nickodemus, El Dusty, and Hiatus Kaiyote.

Currently I’m working on Movement Apparatus, a consulting LLC I co-lead with my partner Tiffany towards serving creative leaders, with Los Angeles Food Policy Council to upgrade their brand identity, with Himalayan Kitchen (Honolulu) to launch their bar operations, and then am in the process of launching of Future Ancestors, a media + events hub, and Kaimuki Dance Party, a dance party for my neighborhood.

Filipino-Portuguese. Extroverted introvert. Nature & music lover. Cultural Anthropology graduate of Notre Dame. Mental health & personal growth cheerleader. Partner to a Wild Mama and a father of 3 awesome kiddos.

I believe my gifts center around inviting participation, putting the pieces together, building community, advancing ideas, and bringing joy. My core values are family, growth, creativity, community, resourcefulness, and wholeheartedness and my vision for life includes living purposefully and healthily with an aim of cultivating happiness and empowerment for my family, community, and city.

Long time Chicagoan, now living in Honolulu, HI.

Feel free to check out my personal projects, events, and book notes (coming soon).

Current Projects

 
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Kaimuki Dance Party

Kicking off at Himalayan Kitchen’s newly opened Rooftop Bar + Patio, Kaimuki Dance Party will be a semi-regular gathering focused on global music and creative outlets where Kaimuki residents can gather, shake a leg, and support local art + organizations + business.

“Kaimuki is a really diverse & beloved neighborhood with a strong sense of community and support for local businesses. It feels like a good time to create more opportunities for local creatives as well so we’re hoping to help breathe life into the beautiful Himalayan Kitchen Bar + Rooftop by opening up a regular space where artists and residents alike can have fun and express themselves in a healthy way through shared culture, creativity, and dancing.”


Future Ancestors

“We are the ancestors of the future and what we do now will have an impact.” -Yeye Luisah Teish

Future Ancestors aims to cultivate community for diverse peoples interested in exploring what it means to be “ancestors in training” through media and events centered around purpose, culture & creativity.

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Movement Apparatus

Movement Apparatus is a small team of strategists working to help leaders build values-aligned lives, businesses, and movements. ⁣Founded in 2018 by Tiffany Krystal Hinton & David Nala Marques, Movement Apparatus offers holistic strategic planning and web & design services with a values-centered focus and movement-building approach.

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