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 Hawaiian weaving conference on Maui, will be held right here on the grounds of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel. The event is 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. Lauhala (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 (fishnet). It will be a time of learning, sharing, and fellowship. There will be a craft fair, displays, presentations and a silent auction.

Event Registration

Ola I Ka Pū Hala Conference Registration Form 
Please fill out this Fillable PDF Registration Form.

Option 1: Please email your completed form to Gayle Miyaguchi at gmiyaguchi@kbhmaui.com. You can make payment online via EventBrite.

Option 2: Please mail the completed form to Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel, along with your check. 
Address: Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel
                Attn: Gayle Miyaguchi 
                2525 Kāʻanapali Parkway Lāhainā, HI 96761 

If you need accommodations during the conference, we offer a special rate for Ola I Ka Pū Hala Weaving Conference participants. Please fill out Ola I Ka Pū Hala Participants Room Reservation Form and email to Reservations Team at res@kbhmaui.com. Special room rate and hotel accommodations are subject to availability, please book in advance.

Mahalo for your participation! 

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 your own – (nightly entertainment in the 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 your own – (nightly entertainment in the courtyard, lobby available)
Friday, October 19, 2018
8:30am – 12 noon Weaving
12 noon Lunch (included)
1:00pm – 4:00pm Weaving
Dinner on your own
Night weaving on your own – (nightly entertainment in the 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 bring 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 Restaurant, Tiki Grill, Deli Corner, Grab N Go). The Whalers Village also offers several venues for eating.

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). 

Pōhaku Kahoʻohanohano
Master Weaver
Lead Kumu 


Pōhaku 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.

Nā Kumu Ulana

if you are interested in Nā Kumu Ulana bios, please click here.

Barbara Watanabe
Caroline Affonso
Colleen Kapu
Debbie Toko
Dee Shimabukuro
Gigi Gomes
Haunani Balino-Sing
Hulali Jewell
Karen Hasegawa
Kathy Walsh
Katie Lowrey
Kekai Kapu 
Kuʻulei Morales Becklund
Kuʻuipo Kalahiki-Morales
Kumulaʻau Sing 
Lola Spencer
Marcia Omura
Margaret Lovett
Michael Nahoʻopiʻi
Michele Zane-Faridi
Pualani Muraki

Event Contact

Gayle Miyaguchi
Poʻo (Chair)

Gayle Miyaguchi, Kāʻanapali 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 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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