Na Lima Hana Festival Kauai,  ... Kumuhonua (back to the source),
 October 16th - 18th, 2013

Na Lima Hana Festival 2013

For 2014, the Na Lima Hana Festival will take place October 16th through 18th. This website will be updated in spring, 2014 with new event details and dates.

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 Bones of our Ancestors", including a cultural field trip, discussions and demonstrations.  Additionally, the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) will hold a grant-writing workshop October 15, 16, and 17.

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 end 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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dawn: 'Aukai - Poipu Beach
9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Cultural Craft Fair - Seaview Terrace - Grand Hyatt Kauai
6:00 pm: Na Lima Hana Lu'au - Grand Hyatt Kauai

Friday, October 17, 2014
10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Cultural Crafts and Demonstrations/Hands-on Learning:
Lobby, Stevenson's Courtyard, and Grand Ballroom
10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Hawaiian Buffet Luncheon and Entertainment - Grand Ballroom
10:30 am: Amateur 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
11:30 am: Professional Chop Box - 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

7:00 am: `Awa Ceremony
7:30 am : Ho`opa`a Inoa/`Aina Kakahiaka (Registration/Breakfast)
8:15 - 10:30 am: Tour of Kaneiolouma
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 at Seaview Terrace, Atrium, and Stevenson's Library.
Aunty Janet & 'Ohana: Pa'akai, nui 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'uipu 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 Kauai Resort and Spa

For more information, contact Diann Hartman, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa,  808-742-1234, or email to

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 Diann Hartman at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, 808-742-1234, as soon as possible, but no later than October 11th.

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


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