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Some Very Cool Lauhala Videos

Hawaiian style lauhala lauhala hat Lauhala weaving papale

These are just a tiny sample of what's out there in cyberspace.  I just happened upon and enjoyed them. Thought you might too.

This one is of Michele Zane-Faridi of Hana Hou in Hilo with one of her haumana.  They show and talk about gathering lauhala.  Looking at the thorns and the bugs, it'll help one understand the time consuming preparation of lauhala. And how just any dried leaf will not do.  Cleaning and caring for the puhala is vital.  Visiting Michele and Shadi (her daughter) at Hana Hou has been inspirational during these COVID19 lock down times since the Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona weaving conferences were postponed.  I stopped by each time to talk story (& shop) when I had to go to Hilo for my vaccine shots.

This one is of Bill Keoua Nelson talking about his experience and kuleana as a 6th generation legacy weaver. I first met Keoua at Konawaena High School.  Neither of us were weavers back then.  I appreciate his mana'o on getting young people into ulana. He has the website iHala.com where he sells custom papale lauhala and offers workshops.

There's also this educational video from Kamehameha Schools http://www.kumukahi.org.  I don't know Ka'ohu Seto personally, but his voice is so soothing and he sounds like he'd be or is an awesome kumu.  The video is well done and gives a lot of history.  The website also has teacher resources and can be read in English and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.  I pretty much only personally know the weavers that attend Ka Ulu weaving conferences in Kona. There are SO MANY other weavers throughout Hawai'i. It's reassuring to know that Hawaiian ulana lauhala is thriving in the 21st century.

'A'ohe pau ka 'ike i ka hālau ho'okāhi... all knowledge is not taught in the same school.(ʻōlelo noʻeau #203 Pukui) 

Now that I'm thoroughly motivated... I'm going to go clean my lau.   


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