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Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference
August 31 - September 3
AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2022
Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference recognizes the multiple ways we utilize Hawaiian plant material. Leaves, bark, sedges and roots are just some of the fibers used to weave, twill, twine and knot into precious creations. Kauluhiwaolele speaks to the esteemed groves from which we gather the fibers to fashion our traditional crafts and the increasing practice of these precious arts in Lāhainā. The pū hala (pandanus tree) is celebrated as an important part of every Hawaiian family in our woven mats, pillows, baskets and the sails that brought our people on canoes across the Pacific. ʻIeʻie is an endemic woody, branching climber (Freycinetia arborea) which is made into the finest baskets, fish traps, and as a sturdy framework for other crafts. Kōkō is the practice of knotting sennit to create nets and calabash net-carriers. Kapa is cloth made from the bark of the wauke (paper mulberry) plant.
The theme this year is Hāwelekaʻike.
Hāwele which means to bind or make fast and ʻike figuratively referring to the piko. Hāwele is also a type of net lashing for huewai as well as a type of kapa. Through the teachings at the conference of the various fiber arts, the cord that binds us to our kūpuna is strengthened.
During the conference, a craft fair and mini-workshops will be held in the lobby and are open to the general public.
The conference will consist of four days of intense instruction in these weaving crafts by 20 of our kumu (master practitioners) from throughout Hawaiʻi. 150 students are invited to the opening and closing ceremonies of the conference to learn the associated protocols of gathering and utilizing weaving materials. Local favorites will be served at the culminating celebration, and students are encouraged to wear or display items they created throughout the conference. Live Hawaiian musicians entertain between the silent and live auctions hosted that evening. The proceeds are used to bring more kumu to the conference and provide scholarships for conference attendees.