$60 – $389

KAULUHIWAOLELE Maui Fiber Arts Conference

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Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel

2525 Kaanapali Parkway

Lahaina, HI 96761

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Ola i ka Pū Hala Weaving Conference is now known as Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference to recognize the multiple ways we utilize Hawaiian plant material. Leaves, bark, sedges and roots are just some of the fibers used to weave, twill, twine and knot into precious creations.

Kauluhiwaolele speaks to the esteemed groves from which we gather the fibers to fashion our traditional crafts and the increasing practice of these precious arts in Lāhaina. The pū hala (pandanus tree) is celebrated as an important part of every Hawaiian family in our woven mats, pillows, baskets, and the sails that brought our people on canoes across the Pacific. ʻIeʻie is an endemic woody, branching climber (Freycinetia arborea) which is made into the finest baskets, fish traps, and as a sturdy frameworks for other crafts. Kōkō is the practice of knotting sennit to create nets and calabash net-carriers. ‘Upena is the net structure to which ti leaves or feathers are attached. The conference will consist of four days of intense instruction of these weaving crafts by 20 of our kumu (master practitioners) from throughout Hawaiʻi.

150 students will be invited to the opening and closing ceremonies of the conference, and learn the associated protocols of gathering and utilizing weaving materials. Huakaʻi (excursions) will be open to conference attendees the day prior to the beginning of the conference to outplant weaving materials such as: pū hala, ʻieʻie, makaloa, and ʻolonā to restore native forests in partnership with conservation organizations . Presentations by the Hawaiʻi Department of Land Natural Resources and the University of Hawaiʻi Cooperative Extension Service will be hosted daily, as well as kumu panel discussions on topics like current challenges facing the weaving community.

Local favorites will be served at the culminating celebration, and students will be encouraged to wear or display the items they created throughout the conference. Live Hawaiian musicians will entertain between the silent and live auctions hosted that evening. The proceeds will be used to bring more kumu to the conference and go towards scholarships for conference attendees. The dinner, Hawaiian craft fair and workshops in the lobby will be open to participants and the general public.

Please visit www.kauluhiwaolele.com to download event registration form. Limited time special rooms rate is offered for Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference participants. Please visit the website and fill out reservation form. If you have any additional question regading Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference, please contact Conference Coordinator Gayle Miyaguchi at gmiyaguchi@kbhmaui.com.

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Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel

2525 Kaanapali Parkway

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