Hands, from the contemporary “chop box” creativity, to the traditional cultural practices, come together this weekend during Na Lima Hana festival at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.
Overlapping with the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association Kauai cultural conference, the public is invited to meet, discuss, and experience the facets of na lima hana.
The sound of taiko, the traditional Japanese drum, wakens the senses Saturday morning and sets the stage for a day of a cultural craft fair spread out across the lobby atrium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Punctuating the different offerings, special guest presenters, including Aunty Janet Kahalekoma and her ohana, discuss the various cultural aspects of Hawaii culture.
Kahalekoma’s ohana offers discussion and experience in niu, or coconut weaving, various uses of kalo, including poi pounding while practitioners of Na Kane Keoneloa discuss the pahu.
Kahai Topolinski delves into Olapa, an ancient hula, and the ceremonies surrounding this form.
Roland Logan discusses the lomi, or massage, in the traditional style while Kuulei Becklund and Kuuipo Morales demonstrate lau hala weaving.
Momi Sabiano is available to discuss laau lapaau, or Hawaiian medicinal plants and their uses, while Cindy Whitehawk works on Niihau-style Ipu carving.
There will also be lively and friendly discussions on waa, or more specifically, Hokulea’s current World Voyage.
The day ends with keiki hula and hoonanea with Hawaiian music, including falsetto singing of Niihau at the Seaview Terrace.