Lauhala Weaving

Lauhala Weaving Annual Conference: Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona

2009 Dates: May 13th -May 17th, 2009
2010 Dates: May 12th – May 16th, 2010
2011 Dates: Tentative dates will be in September – Kona Village is closed for repairs due to receiving some damage from the Japan Tsunami. The event will still be held on the Big Island but will be at another hotel.

In past years, the annual weaving conference was held at the beautiful Kona Village on the Big Island.

Check out Ohi Lauhala’s web site for lauhala weaving events and classes.

lauhala bracelets Lauhala weaving is the Hawaiian art of weaving using the leaves of the hala tree.

About Lauhala:

“The hala tree or pandanus is native to the Hawaiian and Pacific islands and has long roots. Lau is the Hawaiian word for leaf. The craft is essential to the history and culture of Hawaii, at one time being used to produce many of the things needed for life on the islands.

The natural color of finished lauhala products varies from light tan to deep brown, and it can also be dyed. This craft is quite versatile with everything from houses to pillows being produced. The leaves of the hala tree are de-thorned, washed, baked in the sun if green, although often stored in a moist environment if picked dead, and then rolled into coils.” Source: Wikipedia

“Legend says that the hala tree was a result of Pele’s rage. On her first landing ashore, her canoe got entangled in the roots and leaves. In her anger she ripped the trees in pieces and threw them across the island, the hala sprouted, happy and wise, wherever it touched the ground. Her anger was fortunate, because no other tree has been as useful to the Hawaiian people. From pollen to blossom to flower to fruit, from leaf to bark to wood to root, all parts had value.”

Look for classes at some of the museums or community centers to learn lauhala weaving. What you’ll learn depends on your kumu (teacher).

Here are some items/techniques you can learn:

Beginners – start with bracelets, mats, photo holder, decorations etc.
Intermediate – mats, fans, baskets, brick/trivet covers, purses etc.
Intermediate/Advanced – purses, hats, etc.