Na Lima Hana Festival Kauai, ... Kumuhonua (back to the source),
October 17th - 19th, 2013
Learn about Hawaiian cultural practices, participate in workshops and enjoying outstanding entertainment, music, dance and food!
Na Lima Hana means many hands working. This three-day festival October 17th, 18th AND 19th at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, (plus the ANA workshop), Oct. 15th, 16th, 17th, presents a host of Hawaiian cultural practitioners offering activities, demonstrations, entertainment and learning experiences. Literally, many hands are working to teach and learn these fascinating skills. Learn all about lei-making, weaving with endemic plants, uses of medicinal plants, salt-making, drum-making, lomilomi (traditional massage), lau hala weaving, kapa (tapa) making, carving, ancient chants, hula kahiko, the uses of kalo (taro) and stone carving. Enjoy Hawaiian food and entertainment too. (PENDING) The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association -Kauai is also hosting a cultural field trip and learning sessions during the festival.
The theme, kumuhonua, means "learning by going back to the source." All cultural practitioners convey the original sources of their knowledge, explaining how a particular cultural skill, craft, practice or tradition was taught to them; what was their source. Photo of Na Kane o Keoneloa, courtesy of Anne O`Malley
The Na Lima Hana Festival is part of the greater Kauai Aloha Festivals which start in September and ends in October, a time period when Hawaiian cultural traditions are honored and celebrated around the State of Hawai`i through numerous events and celebrations.
Event Schedule subject to change - events are at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in the Poipu Beach area of Kaua`i.
Tuesday, October 15th, Wednesday, October 16th and Thursday, October 17th
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.: ANA Grant Workshop - Please call (808 240-6369 to register
Thursday, October 17th
Dawn: `Aukai - Poipu Beach Park
9:00a.m. - 2 p.m.: Cultural Craft Fair, Ilima Terrace
Friday, October 18th
HLTA-Kauai Workshops: (PENDING CONFIRMATION) The Collective Spirit of the Hawaiian Culture
Kauai Ballroom (fee).
7:00 a.m.: `Awa Ceremony
7:30 a.m.: Ho`opa`a Inoa/`Aina Kakahiaka (Registration/Breakfast)
8:15 to 1o:30 am - Cultural tour of the south shore
10:30 - 11:30 am - la`au (plants as relating to Ho`okupu)
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - Hands on learning and creating Native Hawaiian products such as woven bracelets, bowls and tapa cloth, including gathering and cleaning of plants. Contact:
1o a.m.: Kauai Aloha Week Royal Court
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Cultural Crafts
and Hands-On Learning Cultural Demonstrations, Atrium
-- Lau hala Weaving: Cyndi Whitehawk
-- Nii hau shells presented by Kahea and her Ni`ihau `ohana
-- Kapa (tapa)-making, Malia
-- The art of Kakau (tatoo), Keone Nunes
9:30 AM - Employee Poke Contest
10:30 a.m. Amateur "Chopped Box", Grand Ballroom: See six entrants compete to prepare an entrée from unknown ingredients in the contest designed after the The Food Network channel's Chopped show. Professional teams of culinary pros follow.
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Hawaiian Entertainment
11:30 a.m. Professional Chopped Box competition.
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. - Hawaiian Buffet Luncheon and Entertainment
Enjoy Hawaii's traditional foods in this extensive buffet luncheon (fee) while being entertained.
4:30 p.m. Man vs. Food, Grand Ballroom
8:05 p.m.: Pa Hula Na Kane O Keoneloa (male hula group) - Performing powerful hula chants and movements in the Main Lobby. (Photo by Kai Markell)
Saturday, October 19th
9 a.m.: Taiko Drummers
Start your morning with our Taiko Drummers as they share a part of themselves, as well as their culture. Let the sound of the drums awaken your senses and set the tone for the day.
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact the Stella Burgess at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, 240-6369, firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, but no later than October 11th.