As the Donkey Mill strengthens our Fiber Arts program, we are also able to reconnect with our aina in an intimate way. This summer, we invited a host of Hawaii Island artists to take our keiki on a journey, exploring a range of aina-based projects inspired by our island cultures and the cycles of the moon. One of these incredible teaching artists is Puakea Forester who generously shared her deep artistic and cultural knowledge with youth ages 9 through 12 in the program Na Kaulana Mahina: The Phases of the Moon. Young artists learned about Mahina, the moon, her stories, her songs, the patterns invoked by her many phases, and her favorite pastime, beating beautiful kapa. Puakea laid a strong foundation where knowledge shared through moolelo became the vehicle for students to experience kapa making from start to finish—from stripping the bark of the wauke stalk with tools they made of shark teeth, to using natural pigments and their hand-carved stamps to complete their kapa.
Na Kaulana Mahina: The Phases of the Moon Art Exhibition
July 28, 2021 - August 21, 2021
10:00am - 6:00pm