Living Culture: The Art of Lau Hala
Mahina and Cheryl Pukahi will share the process of preparing lau hala (pandanus leaves) for ka hana ulana (weaving), from the first step of gathering the lau (leaves) from the pu hala (pandanus tree) to the weaving process itself. Lau hala are carefully harvested, sorted by size and length, and then bundled into a kī (a bunch of 40 leaves). They are then cleaned and assembled into kukaa (rolled packs) in preparation for weaving. The Bishop Museum Living Culture presentations are supported by Hawaii Tourism through the Kukulu Ola Program.