Niho Palaoa Talkstory & Workshop with Kunāne R.A. Wooton from Kekaha and Manā, Kauaʻi

Kunāne aspires to walk in the footsteps of his ancestors through the exploration and creation of nā mea Hawaiʻi. He is always attentive to and is inspired by the sophistication of the designs of our kupuna that extend beyond their obvious and perceived simplicity.

Kunāne will be sharing his ʻike on the niho palaoa cultural significance, designs and styles, and his process on how to create your very own niho palaoa.

While many people may associate this neck ornament of the aliʻi with whale teeth, early examples were made of wood, shell, and coral. Often suspended by multiple strands of human hair, these tongue-shaped or hook-shaped neck ornaments are true family heirlooms.

We will embark on this journey together using wood as our medium and hope to empower you with the basic skills to create one on this day.

**** PLEASE ASK ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BELOW INFO **** CAN HAVE 10 – 20 PARTICIPANTS / INDIVIDUALS AND/OR PAIRS

What will be provided:

  • Wood niho palapa blank (redwood)
  • Small tapering half-round file
  • Sandpaper (various grits)

What to expect:

We will have 10 tables set up for people to practice social/physical distancing.

If pairs of 2 people that are ʻohana or friends that would like work on their palaoa together at the same table, that is an option. The pairs could comprise of household, members, ʻohana, or friends that would be comfortable working at the same table as their “table partner”. Only one (1) file will be provided per table to avoid the sharing of tools between tables. Because of the nature of this work and depending on your experience level, this may make the work easier with the other person helping you hold the wood or filing, etc.

Therefore, maximum workshop size could be as small as 10 individuals, or as large as 20 individuals. 10 individuals, or 10 pairs of 2 individuals, or a combination of individuals and pairs.

Keiki welcome with accompanying Adult that attends and participates in workshop. All participants must have the ability to hold small objects and use hand files and rasps.

All participants must register $10 supply fee per person.​​​

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2020

Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Papahana Kuaola (with map)

Organizer: Mahi La Pierre (808) 282-4611 mahi@papahanakuaola.org

​Cost: $10.00

Post Expires: 7/12/20 at 9 am

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