Apr 28, 2015
The Trust held an all-agency retreat earlier this month. Over 150 staff from throughout the state gathered on Maui for huakaʻi and workshops designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the cultural practices and traditions of our kūpuna.
One of the workshops was kaula hau or creating rope from the hau plant.
It involved gathering hau logs, then stripping, cleaning and preparing the bark for braiding or twisting into kaula (rope). Kuʻuipo DelRosario (Admin), Marlene Rasmussen (Admin), Rodney Fonoimoana (Windward), and Kyle Gomes (Kona office) cut the LONGEST hau log of all.
The process of stripping the hau is messy and can stain the skin. LeeAnn Crabbe, Kanoe Enos (Koʻolaupoko) and Kehau Harrison were proud to show their hau stained palms.
After cleaning the hau at the shoreline, the group then gathered at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku to start plaiting the hau. Trustee Patrick Yim demonstrated his skillful technique using Kanoe’s big toe while Braddah Hokoana (Maui) and Rodney followed along.
Mahalo to Georgia Reinhardt (Maui) and cultural practitioner Kekai Robinson for a fun, memorable and enriching experience!