Ngāti Toa, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou
Kohai teaches raranga (weaving) at Whitireia. A well-established artist, she has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is held in the art collection of Te Papa.
She has strong relationships with the local Pataka Gallery in Porirua where she has curated several exhibitions as well as exhibiting her own work, including her first solo show.
Kohai began learning weaving under Kataraina Hetet-Winiata at the Wellington Arts Centre in 1986. She also trained under the esteemed Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet whilst completing a Bachelor of Design and Art at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. Kohai holds a Master’s in Māori Visual Arts from Massey University.