Free Hawaiian Workshops On Making Implements

Wednesday - December 22, 2010
By MidWeek Staff
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Waimea Valley is offering Na Mea Ho’ohana, or Hawaiian implement workshops, free to the public starting next month.

The workshops will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan 16, Feb. 20, March 20, July 17, Aug. 14 and Sept. 18.

Each one is limited to five students,who will learn about the simple functionality of traditional Hawaiian implement designs and recreate them using modern tools.

Instructor Umi Kai will focus on na mea kaua (weapons) and makau (fish hooks) during the initial round of classes. Kai is a practitioner of making Hawaiian implements out of ivory, wood, shell, stone and cordage.

Students are required to purchase kits for each class attended and a non-refundable kit deposit will be required one month in advance of the workshop date.

For more information, call 638-7766 or visit

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