2017 Workshops - Conference B

Mahalo to all the presenters! That made it possible!

11:00 AM  - 12:00 PM- Natural Dyeing - Part One:

Natural Dyeing - Waiho`olu`u and `Ohe Kapala - bamboo stamps for decorating kapa. This workshop will be conduction in two parts each being an hour long.

Fee: $10.00 to cover the cost of materials

Instructors: Manu`akepa Hula Halau - Cultural Practioners

Description of workshop: Activity - make and take

  • Dye natural fibre fabric pieces using plants
  • We will use hibiscus petals for rose pint and onion skins for yellow gold
  • A Kuka session on native plants used for preparing dyes and their preparation.
The workshop will discuss traditional material and methods for dyeing. Participants will be able to dye natural fibre fabric pieces with dye baths from natural plant material and take the finished piece with the. Inspirational samples will be on hand along with a display of difference dye materials. There will be completed pieces of kappa that has been dyed and decorated with the `ohe kapla (bamboo stamps) on display. 

Hana No’eau – Waihoʻoluʻu (Dye)


The Hawaiians used many hues in their kapa. Plain kapa is a creamy white. Finished kapa colors included beiges, yellows, pinks, blues and greens. Many different plants and plant parts were utilized to create these dyes


Dye colors: ʻōlenalena (yellow); puakai (red); nao (dark red); pōkohukohu (made of noni root); ʻākala (raspberry or thimbleberry juice).


12:30 - 1:30 PM - Learn the Steps of Basic Hula - Donation welcome

Instructor:  U'ilani Jus Tina

Description of workshop: Come learn the basic steps in hula with U`ilani

2:00 - 3:00 PM Kanaka Legacy

Presenter: Gloria Nahalea

Description of workshop:

The Kanaka Legacy is the story of the Native Hawaiians who traveled to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1700s and throughout the 1800s. Kanaka, which is the Hawaiian word for “person or human,” played an integral role in the burgeoning fur trade, alongside French Canadians and Scots. The Kanaka proved to be valued workers, excelling in trapping and canoeing. In possession of strong swimming skills and survival instincts, they even saved men and recovered goods when canoes flipped.  Although many Hawaiians returned home when the fur trade began to decline, several hundred married local natives and formed settlements in the Pacific Northwest.  What happened to these Hawaiians?  The Kanaka's impact left an indelible mark on this region, but many of their stories have yet to be told.  The Kanaka Legacy will bring to light much of this lost history by documenting the contributions of the Hawaiian people to the Pacific Northwest, including Hawaiian place names in the Northwest.
A short film preview of the Kanaka Legacy will be presented, brief discussion of genealogy around Queen Liliuokalani era, and Q & A session.  


3:30 - 4:30 PM - Ukulele Workshop - Learn Expression Techniques - Donation welcome

Instructor: Arden Fujiwara

Description of Workshop: We will look at various techniques that we can use to make our playing more expressive (versus simply playing the chords/notes of the song).  The workshop is geared toward players somewhere between beginner and intermediate (ability to play chords and do some picking).


5:00 - 6:00 PM - Part Two: `Ohe Kapala - bamboo stamps for

                                                               decorating kapa.

Instructors: Manu`akepa Hula Halau - Cultural Practioners

Description of Workshop: Activity - make and take

  • Traditional bamboo stamps will be used
  • Stamps will be inked using only traditional colors
  • Stamped design will be made on natural fibre fabric pieces or dyed pellon to simulate kapa              
The `ohe kapala is a slender length of bamboo that is carved with designs for the purpose of stamping onto kapa cloth for decorating of clothing, blankets and other uses by Native Hawai`ians. 

6:30 - 7:30 PM Hawaiian Language - Donation Welcome

Presenter: Candace Galla

Description of Workshop: This workshop introduces Hawaiian language to participants, allowing each to learn, practice and use common Hawaiian phrases. Attendees will also learn historical and cultural information related to Hawaiian language and culture.

Bio - Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla was born in Hilo and raised in a sugar plantation town, Pāhala in the Kaʻū district. She was given her Hawaiian name at birth from Uncle George Nāʻope (co-founder of the Merrie Monarch Festival), who was kumu hula (hula master) to her mother, aunties, and grandmother on the island of Oʻahu. Kaleimamo began learning hula at a very young age.  She has developed a deep appreciation and aloha for hula, which has provided a direct connection, relationship, and education to Hawaiian language, culture, knowledge, history, land and place. Though Hawaiian language was not spoken in her household, hula provided a foundation to the Indigenous language.  

Kaleimamo learned the Hawaiian language formally at Kamehameha Schools. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics, M.A. in Native American Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Language, Reading and Culture. She moved back to Hawaiʻi to teach in Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo, but now resides in Vancouver, Canada. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC), who specializes in Indigenous language revitalization and education. Kaleimamo continues to further her knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture, and has been honored to learn from kumu hula and kumu ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. In her spare time, she teaches Hawaiian language and culture classes to students in the mainland to help further their understanding of Hawaiian language and culture, which includes her mother’s hālau — Leiola Hula Hālau — in Tucson, Arizona. E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi

12:30 - 2:00 PM - Plumeria Lei Making - Conference Room A

Fee:  $10.00 to cover the cost of materials


Description of workshop: Learn to make fresh plumeria blossom lei. Fresh Plumeria Blossoms from the Island of Moloka`i