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ʻIke Kuʻuna Workshops2021-01-13T08:57:58+00:00

ʻIke Kuʻuna

This community enrichment program is aimed at increasing the cultural knowledge and skills of kūpuna (elders), mākua (adults) and ‘ohana (families). Workshops are held in cultural practices and knowledge like lei making, haku mele (Hawaiian composition), ulana lauhala (weaving), Ni‘ihau shell jewelry assembly, kapa making, Hawaiian history lectures and more. The series allows participants to interact with storytellers and master practitioners like Shad Kane, Dalani Tanahy, and Nalu Andrade.

Chiefs of O‘ahu

Ulukoa Duhaylonsod of Honokai Hale, Honouliuli is an archaeologist, ethnographer, kumu hula and advocate for indigenous and social justice. In this workshop, Ulukoa discussed the leadership of O‘ahu chiefs Ma‘ilikukahi and Kakuhihewa. He also shared a recent mele written for Ma‘ilikukahi that he and his men performed at the Kapu‘uola Hula Festival in 2018. Instructor: Ulukoa Duhaylonsod

Audio Engineering Workshop

This workshop was held for experienced as well as aspiring sound engineers. Participants learned the fundamental skills of audio engineering as well as advanced techniques of sound mixing for live events, concerts and festivals. The ability to mix live music well is what ultimately creates a quality atmosphere for all who attend events in our islands. Instructor: Ioane Burns, Burns Sound & Tech

Haku Mele Workshop 

This workshop explores the ‘ai ‘ōiwi, oral performance keys of Hawaiian composition. Participant analyze and discuss mele old and new. In the end, each particpant composes an original mele. Instructor, Kalani Akana, is currently a cultural specialist with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs developing cultural activities and connections for staff and strengthening corporate culture through collaborative approaches. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in Hawaiian language and education. Instructor: Kalani Akana

Ohe Kāpala Workshop

Ohe kapala are bamboo stamps. The intricate designs on the stamps are used to create a repetitive pattern on kapa, bark cloth. With one stamp an artist can create hundreds of different designs. Nalu Andrade of Nā Maka Kahiko guides us through the process of making our make your very own ohe kāpala. Instructor: Nalu Andrade

Lei Making Workshop Series With Kuana Torres Kahele

Learning lei while listening to personal stories from well-known lei maker and Hawaiian musician, Kuana Torres Kahele was a treat for us. Over 60 of us participated in this workshop where we learned various styles of lei making including: hilo with lā‘ī and laua‘e, wili, kui lau niu, hili and hīpuʻupuʻu with lau kukui. The workshop included materials and each participant received Kuana’s Lei Making DVD. Instructor: Kuana Torres Kahele

Kōnane Board Making

Kōnane is traditionally played on a papa mū (stone board) with shallow holes set in rows and columns. If you don’t have a stone board, you can make one out of wood. Nalu Andrade of Nā Maka Kahiko takes us through this process of making our own board and learning the strategy of this distinctive game with instructor. Supplies are provided in this workshop and each participant goes home with their own board and ‘ili‘ili. Instructor: Nalu Andrade

Ni‘ihau Shell Jewelry Workshop

Kai Hyde is a patient and knowledgeable instructor that takes us through the process of making our own jewelry with momi and Kahelelani shells. Participants have made pendants, earrings, bracelets and even an entire lei. Kai provides the supplies and sits with you to guide you through the process. Instructor: Kai Hyde

Flower Comb Workshop

Participants learn how to wili (wrap) flowers into a comb to make a decorative hair piece. Each participant needs a comb, raffia and flowers (preferably bougainvillea). Instructor: Miki‘ala Lidstone

Kaulana Mahina Workshop

Nā Kaulana Mahina (the lunar cycle) was a normal way of understanding timing in traditional Hawai‘i. Along with Ka Lā (the sun) and Na Hōkū (celestial bodies) we are constantly exposed to three time markers that work together to show us an entire blue-print for how life is timed. The Nā Kaulana Mahina workshop is a focused approached to understanding how this works with the solar and celestial cycle. While we commonly think of the lunar cycle as it influences mahia‘ai (farming) and lawai‘a (fishing), mahina plays a part in all aspects of our lives. We explore how to find a comfortable fit for Nā Kaulana Mahina timing and our daily lives. Instructor: Tom Penna

Lauhala Workshops

Lauhala are long, dried leaves from the pūhala tree. They are stripped and woven to make useful products as well as wearable art. Workshops is lauhala weaving are lead by Stacie Segovia of Ke ‘Alohi O Ka Pūhala. She guides us through the process of weaving with patience and love our own handcrafted pieces like earrings, fans, boxes, bracelets, ornaments and bookmarks. Instructor: Stacie Segovia of Ke Alohi O Ka Pūhala

Lei Making with Kuhi Rowland

Each year a four part lei making series is held to provide particpants the opportuniuty to explore various styles of lei making. The workshop sequence starts at a beginner level with lā‘ī(ti-leaf) and moves to a more advanced level with wili style lei po‘o (head lei). Instructor: Kuhi Rowland.

‘Ike Ku’una Workshops

This community enrichment program is aimed at increasing the cultural knowledge and skills of kūpuna (elders), mākua (adults) and ‘ohana (families). Workshops are held in cultural practices and knowledge like lei making, haku mele (Hawaiian composition), ulana lauhala (weaving), Ni‘ihau shell jewelry assembly, kapa making, Hawaiian history lectures and more. The series allows participants to interact with storytellers and master practitioners like Shad Kane, Dalani Tanahy, and Nalu Andrade. The intent of the program is for community members to develop skills and feel more knowledgeable about the history and traditions of their community.

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