Na Lima Hana Festival Kaua'i,  ... Kumuhonua (back to the source),
 October 16th - 18th, 2014

Na Lima Hana Festival 2014


Learn about Hawaiian cultural practices, participate in workshops and enjoy outstanding entertainment, music, dance and food.  Check out our video.

Na Lima Hana means many hands working. This three-day festival, at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, 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 Many events are free of charge to the public. As part of the festival, the Hawai`i Lodging and Tourism Association Kaua`i Chapter will be hosting a day-long conference titled, "The Collective Spirit of Hawaiian Culture", including a cultural field trip, discussions and demonstrations.

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

Event Schedule subject to change - events are at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in the Poipu Beach area of Kaua`i.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dawn: 'Aukai - Poipu Beach
9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Cultural Craft Fair - Lobby Atrium
6:00 pm: Na Lima Hana Lu'au - Grand Hyatt Kaua'i

Friday, October 17, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Cultural Crafts Fair - Lobby Atrium
10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Hawaiian Buffet Luncheon - Grand Ballroom (Adult $20.00, 12 and under $10.00)
10:30 am: Chop Box - Grand Ballroom: See four entrants compete to prepare an entree
from unknown ingredients in a contest designed after "Chopped" on the Food Network Channel
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Entertainment - Grand Ballroom
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Hands-on opportunities with traditional artisans and crafters - Grand Ballroom
4:30 pm: Man vs. Food Competition - Grand Ballroom
8:00 pm: Ho'onanea with Hawaiian music to include falsetto singing of Ni'ihau - Seaview Terrace



HLTA-Kauai Workshop: 
The Collective Spirit of Hawaiian Culture - Kaua'i Ballroom $45.00
Chapter Members; $60.00 Non Members. To register, contact Jolene Ogle at 808-652-8924 or email
7:00 am:`Awa Ceremony
7:30 am: Ho`opa`a Inoa/`Aina Kakahiaka (Registration/Breakfast)
8:15 - 10:30 am: Tour of Kaneiolouma (transportation on own)
10:15 - Noon: Panel Discussion on State Laws; Present and Future of Cultural Sites
NOON: Dedication of Aunty Stella's Tranquility Garden
NOON: `Aina Awakea (Lunch) - Grand Ballroom
1:00 - 3:00 pm: Hands-on opportunities with traditional artisans and crafters - Grand Ballroom

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9:00 am: Taiko Drummers - Start your morning with our Taiko Drummers as they share a part of themselves and their culture. Let the sound of the drums awaken your senses and set the tone for the day.
9:00 - 3:00 pm: Cultural Demonstration/Craft Fair: Visit with our crafters and artisans - Lobby Atrium
Aunty Janet & 'Ohana: Pa'akai, niu weaving, and uses of Kalo to include Poi Pounding
Na Kane Keoneloa: Pahu Drum, how to make and use
Kaha'i Topolinski: 'Olapa (ancient hula) and ceremonies pertaining to this ancient form
Roland Logan: Lomi (massage) in the traditional style
Ku'ulei Becklund/Ku'uipo Morales: Lau hala weaving
Momi Subiano: La'au lapa'au, Hawaiian medicinal plants and uses
Cindy Whitehawk: Ni'ihauan Ipu carving
Kekai & Colleen Kapu: Wa'a (Canoe), talk story about Hokule'a's World Voyage
6:00 - 8:00 pm:  Keiki Hula and Ho'onanea with Hawaiian Music to include falsetto singing of Ni'ihau - Seaview Terrace


Event Schedule subject to change. Events are at the Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort and Spa

For more information, contact Kaui Kitashima , Grand Hyatt Kaua`i Resort and Spa,  808-742-1234, or email

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, as soon as possible, but no later than October 12th.

These events are partially sponsored by Kaua‘i County, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the Po‘ipu Beach Foundation.


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