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Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference

Dec 1, 2021 - Dec 4, 2021

Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel invites students of all ages and abilities to join master weavers during a 4-day cultural event to test their skills and celebrate the ancient art of Hawaiian Weaving.

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 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. The dinner, Hawaiian craft fair and workshops in the lobby are open to participants and the general public.

Ticket and registration prices range from $60 – $389. Please visit to download event registration form. Limited time special rooms rate is offered for Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference participants. Please visit the website and fill out reservation form. If you have any additional questions regarding Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference, please contact Conference Coordinator Gayle Miyaguchi at

* All conference attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Kauluhiwaolele will be following any COVID-19 protocols and guidelines in place for events.


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Ka’anapali Beach Hotel
2525 Kaanapali Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761 United States
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