NTBG hosts kapa-making workshop in Lawa‘i Valley

LAWA‘I — National Tropical Botanical Garden announced it will host a workshop on the art of traditional Hawaiian kapa (bark cloth) making at NTBG’s McBryde Garden Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The six-hour workshop is limited to 12 participants and includes lunch and refreshments, according to a news release.

“Leading the workshop is respected Hawaiian cultural practitioner and educator Kumu Sabra Kauka, a master kapa craftswoman,” the release states.

Participants will meet at 8:40 a.m. on Oct. 29 at the NTBG headquarters, which is located at the end of Papalina Road in Kalaheo. The day will include an opening oli (chant), an introduction to the wauke plant (used for kapa), weeding, cleaning, gathering, stripping, pounding wauke and an instruction on design techniques, ending with a closing chant.

Participants are asked to bring their own carving knife, drawing pencil, sketch book, gardening gloves and ‘opihi  shells.

The workshop costs $150 per person. Advance registration is required.

Email vcevent@ntbg.org or call 742-2433 for more information.


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