Maui Fiber Arts Conference

Save the Date for 2020 event!
September 9-12, 2020


Ola i ka Pū Hala Weaving Conference is now known as Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference to recognize the multiple ways we utilize Hawaiian plant material. Leaves, bark, sedges and roots are just some of the fibers used to weave, twill, twine and knot into precious creations.

Kauluhiwaolele speaks to the esteemed groves from which we gather the fibers to fashion our traditional crafts and the increasing practice of these precious arts in Lĝhaina. The pū hala (pandanus tree) is celebrated as an important part of every Hawaiian family in our woven mats, pillows, baskets, and the sails that brought our people on canoes across the Pacific. ʻIeʻie is an endemic woody, branching climber (Freycinetia arborea) which is made into the finest baskets, fish traps, and as a sturdy frameworks for other crafts. Kōkō is the practice of knotting sennit to create nets and calabash net-carriers. ‘Upena is the net structure to which ti leaves or feathers are attached. The conference will consist of four days of intense instruction of these weaving crafts by 20 of our kumu (master practitioners) from throughout Hawaiʻi.

150 students will be invited to the opening and closing ceremonies of the conference, and learn the associated protocols of gathering and utilizing weaving materials. Huakaʻi (excursions) will be open to conference attendees the day prior to the beginning of the conference to outplant weaving materials such as: pū hala, ʻieʻie, makaloa, and ʻolonĝ to restore native forests in partnership with conservation organizations . Kumu panel discussions on topics like ʻŝlelo Hawaiʻi in fiber arts will be hosted daily. 

Local favorites will be served at the culminating celebration, and students will be encouraged to wear or display the items they created throughout the conference. Live Hawaiian musicians will entertain between the silent and live auctions hosted that evening. The proceeds will be used to bring more kumu to the conference and go towards scholarships for conference attendees. The dinner, Hawaiian craft fair and workshops in the lobby will be open to participants and the general public.


The mission of Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference is to increase the number of community-based educators and resources by inviting students from around the world to learn from master practitioners.


Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference is a four-day event where 150 students will learn from 20 master practitioners of hala, ʻieʻie, kŝkŝ puʻupuʻu and ‘upena.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in ceremony, protocol, and huakaʻi to contribute to the restoration and conservation of raw weaving materials on Maui. Presentations from community agencies and panel discussions led by master practitioners will accompany the festivities. An event dinner with pūpū, live music, silent and live auction, and Hawaiian craft fair open to conference attendees and the general public will be the culminating celebration of the conference.

2019 Event Schedule

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


To outplant weaving materials such as: pū hala, ʻieʻie, makaloa, and ʻolonĝ to restore native forests in partnership with conservation organizations . (limited to the first 30 registrants, transportation not provided) Registrants interested in signing up for the Huakaʻi, please email:gmiyaguchi@kbhmaui.com
Wednesday - Saturday, September 4-7, 2019


4-day workshop on fiber arts with kumu

Daily lunch included 
Kumu panel discussions will be hosted daily. 

Wednesday - Saturday, September 4-7, 2019

Kauluhiwaolele Festival (open to public)

Workshops in the lobby (bracelets, coconut frond weaving, cordage making, feather working, etc.) is open to public, no registration needed. Minimal fee for materials may apply. 
Craft Fair in the lobby
Silent Auction in the lobby from 2:00pm to 7:00pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday Night Dinner Event - Celebration of Kauluhiwaolele Fiber Arts
Local favorites, live Hawaiian entertainment presented by Kamehameha Schools Maui Ensemble and Kahalawai, silent and live auction
(tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite)

Haumĝna (students): Please bring a spray bottle, scissors, paring knife, and old towel. Your kumu will have kits for you to purchase; prices range from $5 to $85, depending on the project. 

Other meals: The hotel will have food available for you to purchase on your own (Tiki RestaurantTiki GrillDeli CornerGrab N Go). The Whalers Village also offers several venues for eating.

Kumu List 

Pŝhaku Kahoʻohanohano
Conference Advisor
Lead Kumu 


Pŝhaku Kahoʻohanohano comes from a lineage of lauhala weavers from Kahakuloa, Maui. As a young adult, he began his journey of apprenticeships with seven mentors and immersed himself in the art of lauhala weaving. He is now a master weaver dedicated to sharing his skill with others. He is excited to finally bring weavers to the island of Maui by co-chairing this inaugural weaving conference.

Kumu list please click the link below

Kumu Ulana Bios

Event Contact

ʻĀlika Guerrero
Executive Administrator

Gayle Miyaguchi
Conference Coordinator

Gayle Miyaguchi, Kĝʻanapali Beach Hotel’s Hawaiian Cultural Resource Specialist, is originally from Makawao, Maui and spent the past 22 years making hula instruments and Hawaiian crafts as Nĝ Kani O Hula. She lent experience from her past roles in agriculture, growing up and living on a farm, running her own business and making hula implements to her current position at the hotel. She states, “I am fortunate to be in a position that supports opportunities for cultural experiences, not only for guests and employees but for the community as well.” 

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