POIPU — “Day off” is not in Leo Tangatailoa’s vocabulary.
Enveloped in the aromatic fragrance of camphor, Tangatailoa tapped his way through the piece of wood, unleashing the cool aroma with each pass of his chisel in the walkway leading to the Seaview Terrace at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa Thursday.
“Having a day off is not in my vocabulary,” Tangatailoa, a regular vendor at the Grand Hyatt Kauai said. “But when you love what you do, it’s not work and I enjoy working with wood, and watching people smile when they see the final creations.”
Tangatailoa was among the offering of crafters celebrating Na Lima Hana, a three-day event with cultural and health practitioners. There will be demonstrations, entertainment and learning experiences at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.
The Aloha Festivals Royal Court will make its appearance at 10 a.m. today, followed by the program of cultural practitioners, craft vendors, activities and entertainment.
There will also be a poke contest in the amateur and professional categories, where contestants will have 20 minutes to prepare an entre.
Na Lima Hana, translated to mean many hands working, is dedicated to Loea Hula Charles Kauhi Kaupu Jr., well-known for his expertise as a Hawaiian Cultural practitioner, chanter, hula master and protocol expert.
It runs 9 to 3 Saturday.