Ola I Ka Pū Hala

Weaving Conference

October 17-20, 2018 | Kanahele Ballroom

About Ola I Ka Pū Hala

Ola I Ka Pū Hala, the inaugural weaving conference on Maui, will be held right here on the grounds of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel. Although lauhala weaving conferences have been held over the years in both Kona and Hilo on the island of Hawaiʻi, it is the first time Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel will have its own weaving conference, hosted and organized by Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel and supported by nā kumu ulana. Master weavers will share their knowledge and skills, thereby ensuring the perpetuation of the beloved and ancient art of Hawaiian weaving.

Ola I Ka Pū Hala means the Pū Hala(Hawaiian pandanus) lives. There is life in the pū hala, and because of the pū hala, there is life. As an indigenous Hawaiian plant, pū hala has been an important part of every Hawaiian family. People across the Pacific used every part of the plant. Laulaha (hala leaves) are widely used and woven into mats and pillows. Seeds and fruits are used for lei, and roots may be used as cordage fiber. 

Students, from near and far, will be immersed in weaving during this conference. They will spend four days learning from master weavers from throughout Hawaiʻi. Project supply kits will be available for purchase from nā kumu. All levels of ability, from beginner to advanced, are invited. Types of weaving include lauhala (hala leaves),ʻieʻie (woody vine woven into baskets), kōkō (knotting a net carrier) and ʻupena (fish net). It will be a time of learning, sharing and fellowship. There will be a craft fair, displays, presentations and a silent auction.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

8:00am – 9:30am Sign in
9:30am Welcome, Kumu introductions
10:00am Weaving
12 noon Lunch (included)
1:00pm – 4:00pm Weaving
Dinner on your own
Night weaving on you own – (nightly entertainment in courtyard, lobby available)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

8:30am – 12 noon Weaving
12 noon Lunch (included)
1:00pm – 4:00pm Weaving
Dinner on your own
Night weaving on you own – (nightly entertainment in courtyard, lobby available)

Friday, October 19, 2018

8:30am – 12 noon


12 noon Lunch (included)
1:00pm – 4:00pm Weaving
Dinner on your own
Night weaving on you own – (nightly entertainment in courtyard, lobby available)

Saturday, October 20, 2018

8:30am – 12 noon Weaving
12 noon  Lunch (included)
1:00pm – 3:00pm Weaving
6:00pm Dinner (provided to registrants and paid guests)
Auction, Mele and Showcase of Finished Projects. (Please brinig your finished projects to the dinner.)

Haumāna (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 Restraunt, Tiki Grill, Deli Corner, Grab and Go). The Whalers Village also offers several venues for eating.

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Kumu List 

This event invited over 20 Master Weavers from throughout Hawaiʻi as nā kumu ulana. With the special talent of one or more weaving methods, they look forward to sharing their knowledge, skills, and love of Hawaiian weaving to Haumāna (students). 

Pohaku Kahoʻohanohano
Master Weaver

Pohaku 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.

Event Contact

Gayle Miyaguchi
Poʻo (Chair)

Gayle Miyaguchi, Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel’s Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, is originally from Makawao, Maui and spent the past 22 years making hula instruments and Hawaiian crafts as Nā 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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