The Hawaiian Olympics with Kumu Alapa’i Kaulia
This workshop will demonstrate the Hawaiian games like the Olympics and allow guest to participate in activities. For the Native Hawaiians, it wasn’t the lighting of a torch but the appearance of a star that signified the opening of the Hawaiian games. The appearance of the Makali’i, also known as the Pleiades, in the eastern sky would mark the Hawaiian New Year and the start of the Makahiki (pronounced mah-kah-hee-kee) season. The games were a challenge for each district around the islands. The winners of each ahupua’a would be invited by the Ali’i to challenge the champions from other ahupua’a and often had stories and songs written in their honor. Like the Olympics, these games encouraged good sportsmanship, friendly rivalries and gave people the opportunity to bring honor to their family and home district.
By Kumu Haunani Hopkins
Mapuna Wai Ola Lomilomi, a Hawaiian massage therapy studio that offers the most comprehensive therapeutic healing treatments with over 22 years of experience. Haunani is an approved instructor of Lomilomi, permission given by Aunty Margaret Machado, Kumu Dane Silva, and Kumu Maka’ala Yates. Haunani’s passion is to nurture and assist clients in their journey toward restoring health, hope honor, and happiness.
Wahine Toa Designs
Hawaiian Wearable Fashion Designs by Master Designer Nita Pilago & Granddaughter Mehana Pilago
Born and raised in Hawaii, she learned how to sew from her mother in the sixth grade. From then she began to sew all her own clothes and continued to create garments for her two sons Kaleo and Che and her grandchildren, Mehana, Kaula, Aukai and Nahi. Through her passion of photography and working in a photo lab she decided to embark on her lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer in 2008. Inspired by her visit to the Indigenous Women’s Conference in Aotearoa, she created Wahine Toa Designs translating to women warrior. Wahine Toa Designs now embodies our Polynesian culture and ancestry through handcrafted art printed on unique garments designed by her and her Ohana
Ulana Lauhala Hawaiian Weaving
By Hāleo Hawai’i Practitioners
Lauhala weaving (actually “plaiting”) has always been a treasured skill in our Hawaiian culture. Ancient weavers were able to create sails, mats, baskets, and other necessities just using technique and leaves of the hala (pandanus) tree. Today, experienced artisans are able to create wonderful works including hats, purses, cushions, and other accessories utilizing the different colors of lauhala in Hawai‘i, and creating unique designs.
The Art of Hula & History
By the cast of Island Breeze Productions
A hula ‘auana tells a story from recent island history and culture, and this one describes the grace and enchantment of the Hula dancer. Traditional hand motions represent ocean waves, birds in flight and the beauty of the dancers’ figures and movements. In learning about the ancient art of hula. Spanning the South Pacific, hula has a long and fascinating history. Visitors will learn the history and stories of Hula lessons.
‘Ohe Kapala Stamping
By Hāleo Hawai’i practitioners
‘Ohe Kapala are bamboo stamps with intricate designs. These were used in ancient times to create repetitive patterns onto kapa. Using one stamp the artist could create hundreds of different designs. These designs played on both positive and negative space, creating patterns with even the unstamped portion of the design.
Hawaiian Kapa Making
By Hāleo Hawai’i practitioners
Kapa is the fibrous cloth our Hawaiian kūpuna wore to protect themselves from the natural elements and to adorn their bodies. But, like most things in Hawaii, our Kūpuna (elders) took clothing to another level. The finest Kapa textures and designs in the Pacific were produced right in the Islands. Early Westerns compared Hawaiian Kapa to the finest woven cloths produced in Europe and Asia.
The Hawaiian kapa makers had a language all their own. In ancient times planting, gathering, striping, beating, and drying Kapa took several people and several days of work.
Ukulele History & Introduction
By Unko Lyle Gomes and Kaleo Kam
Musicians from Island Breeze will share with students about the Ukulele History and stories of the Ukulele in Hawai’i nei. Kids will hear and see the different styles of the Ukulele and its important role in the Hawaiian Islands.
The name ‘ukulele’ is the traditional Hawaiian name that was given to a small instrument called the machete (machete de braga), which was originally developed in the Madeira Islands of Portugal. The machete itself is a descendent of the early European and Middle Eastern plucked stringed instruments (such as the lute), is a member of the guitar family, and goes by several different names including the cavaquinho, braguinha, manchhete and cavaco. The machete was brought into Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, who moved to the islands to work in the sugar cane fields in the late 1800’s. Manuel Nunes, Augusto Dias and Jose do Espirito Santo, who arrived in Hawaii on the Ravenscrag in 1879 from the Portuguese Islands of Madeira are believed to have been the first makers of the Hawaiian ukulele.