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Hands-on Hawaiian Cultural Class – Cordage and Gourd

April 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm



Participants will learn how to make strong and durable cordage from hau (hibiscus) and will view a demonstration of how to clean and prepare an ipu for use. Examples of cordage made from other indigenous fibers will also be discussed and shared. At the conclusion of the hands on workshop, each participant will have made a length of cordage which they can take home.


“Canoe plants” refer to the many useful plants that Polynesians first brought to Hawaii on their voyaging canoes. The plants to be used in the workshops include hau (hibiscus), ipu (gourd), niu (coconut), and ulu (breadfruit).

As the most important “canoe plant” and because the park is the former site of the King’s kalo (taro) patch, information on kalo will be presented at each workshop. Several beds of kalo are currently growing at the park.




April 3
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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