Purses join laulau

Howell Kaleohano said the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church is one of the last places where laulau is still made using 55-gallon drums over a kiawe fire.

Jerry Hill said the church members created 650 bundles, or 1300 laulau, for Saturday’s annual fundraiser.

“The Marshallese women feel so empowered,” said Rev. Nani Hill of the variety of clutches and purses available for sale in addition to the rummage and fresh produce which supplemented the laulau pick up. “This is the first time the women ministry has sewn these and are proud of the income it generates.”

Hill said the Hanapepe church is one of two United Church of Christ sites where Marshallese services are held.

The Marshallese clutches and purses will be available during the Friday Night Art Nights.

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