kapa kulture

This blog is dedicated to Hawaiian kapa and matters related to Hawai'i nei…kuku kapa e!

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George Helm

Kaho’olawe Aloha ʻĀina

Kapa Revival Project

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Hawaiian Word of the Day: ‘onipa’a

‘onipa’a: Fixed, immovable, motionless, steadfast, established, firm, resolute, determined (this was the motto of Ka-mehameha V and of Lili’u-o-ka-lani. Lit., fixed movement). hō’onipa’a. To fix, establish firmly. E hō’onipa’a loa wau iā ‘oukou (Bible: Jer. 42:10), I will plant you securely (Pukui & Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary, 1971).


Kapa Art Education Project

I have been busy making kapa over the past couple of weeks.  Tending the māla wauke, the garden with wauke (paper mulberry plants); stripping, soaking, pounding poho (bundles of mo’omo’o, prepared wauke); carving some of my tools; collecting dye plants; etc…

This work has been done pretty much by myself at home unless I go somewhere on location…

I have been thinking a lot about going out into the public with the project.  I will be working with my daughter next week and possibly with a couple other teen girls, making kapa during their Spring Break.  We will be working outdoors in a public venue.  This could be the start of what I feel will bring recognition to Hawaiians and an opportunity to talk about whatever issues that relate… hope to be a symbol of sovereignty…kanaka unite! 

2013, New Year, New Beginnings

My goal in starting this blog is to learn all I can about Hawaiian kapa. From tools to processes, from designs to pigments and dyes… I hope to create a repository for my research and a journal that documents my journey. I hope that the knowledge shared here is of interest to others. Perhaps more importantly, I expect to be transformed as a person, as an artist, and as a Hawaiian… as my identity embraces the mana’o of my ancestors….

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