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Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Happy New Year, Happy New Hohoa!

new hohoa

These five hohoa were made in record time with a lot of effort so that now I’m sore!  But I’m glad to provide these for my students.  Now we will not have to borrow as many to make our kapa.   However, my work is not yet done because I will need at least 15 more pieces of similar quality!  My goal is to create a set of hohoa and i’e kuku for my classes to use.  No worries though.  The key is to always be collecting wood and working steadily… Imua!

The onset of this new year makes my heart feel glad and appreciative.  I am thankful for my ‘ohana (family).  They continuously help me with the actual work of making these mea kapa, and especially give generously of their encouragement to see that kapa is made and appreciated.  Mahalos to these special people for putting up with all my potions, barks, and branches that have become a part of our daily lives. If you don’t know, making kapa has a very smelly stage.  It is indeed for the love and the knowledge of the sweet result.  So very kamaha’o (astonishing)!

This new year my kuleana (responsibility) will continue to involve haumana (students).  We are building a garden that will include kapa plants such as wauke, noni, kukui, olena, ‘uki’uki, ma’o, and ilie’e…to mention a few.  We will incorporate learning with focus on Hawaiian values of malama (care), lokahi (unity), kokua (help), laulima (cooperation), and ‘olu’olu (pleasantness).

Here is another nice event.  Mr. Bill Arakaki, who is our Kauai and Niihau School Superintendent, informed me that I have been awarded the David Boynton Educational Grant.  This is a local grant that was established and named in honor of the late David Boynton.  I am so grateful for these funds. We will be purchasing the garden tools and supplies we need to get the Kapa Garden Project off the ground (hehe!).



I kū mau mau!


Hawaiian Word of the Day: Makaliʻi

Makaliʻi: 1. Tiny, very small, fine, wee, small-meshed; narrow wefts. Makaliʻi ʻohua, tiny ʻohua, spawn: fig., anything wee, tiny. 2. Pleiades; Castor and Pollux. 3. Hawaiian month name; the six summer months collectively.

Makaliʻi  (Pleiades)

Makaliʻi (Pleiades)

To learn more about the Makaliʻi constellation and the associated Hawaiian season of Makahiki, check out this website:


Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Aotearoa~New Zealand~

Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Aotearoa, New Zealand has an incredible collection of Pacific tapa on exhibit. The exhibition is on for 2 more days on site. Check out their awesome online tapa gallery by clicking on the link below!

tapa gallery

Info about the onsite exhibit here:

Tapa Exhibit, “Paperskin”
Te Papa

Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia Visit Kalaupapa

Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia Visit Kalaupapa.



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