Hawaiian Lauhala Weaving and Ethnobotany

November 11, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96822 Add to Calendar

Pandanus, also known as Hala, was brought by the early Polynesian settlers to Hawaii. It was an important plant that provided the material for weaving mats. The word Hala also has several meanings in Hawaiian. As a noun, it is defined as a sin, vice, offense, fault, error. It can also mean to pass, elapse, as time; to pass by; to miss; and to pass away or die. Hala was also used in ceremonial purification because of its connotation of letting go of an offense. Therefore, in weaving lauhala one is encouraged to leave all negative thoughts and feelings pass and to forgive, which is the essence of Hoʻoponopono- to make right a wrong.

Learn about the techniques to prepare the leaves and of course to weave lauhala during our series of three classes where you will make something to take home each time. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Wesley Sen

Cost: $50 per class. You may sign up for one, two or all three classes.

Dates, Times, Locations and Themes:

All classes will be from 9am-12pm

- October 28th: In this first lesson, students will learn the parts of the Hala tree and how to prepare the leaves for weaving. They will weave a small place mat to learn the basics of weaving. Location will be in the Children’s Learning Center.
- November 4th: The second lesson student will make a small fan. Location will be in the Lyon Arboretum Downstairs Classroom.
- November 11th: The last lesson will show how to make a small basket with a handle which incorporates techniques from the first two classes. Location will be in the Children’s Learning Center.

Supplies: Please bring garden gloves and a pair of scissors. Other materials will be provided on the day of your class.

To Register: Call (808) 988-0456 to sign up.

Ticket Information
Registration required. Call 988-0456 to register.

Event Sponsor
Lyon Arboretum, Mānoa Campus

More Information
(808) 988-0456, http://manoa.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum

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