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Hawaiian Kapa

(HawaiiNewsNow) -For most native Hawaiian artists, perpetuating a traditional art is first and foremost a labor of love that involves insight and determination. Finding elders to learn from and traditional materials to work with are just some of the challenges facing these artists. Amy Kalili has more.

"You know, when people go into the museum, people still do not know what is Hawaiian kappa," says Dalani Tanahy, Kapa Maker.

ʻAʻole ʻike ka nui poʻe i ke kapa Hawaiʻi.

"There was very few people, even up to forty or fifty years ago, who actually were doing it, so for us to learn it again, was just kind of like picking up where everything had just been left off," said Tanahy.

I loko o ke 40-50 makahiki i hala iho nei, liʻiliʻi ka poʻe kuku. No laila i hana nui ke aʻo hou ʻana.

It was an entire process of rediscovery.

Ua pono e noiʻi a ʻimi ʻia nâ ʻano mea like ʻole i pono ai.

"So we gotta grow that paper mulberry tree. Um find the wood to make the tools," says Tanahy.

Ua pono e noiʻi a ʻimi ʻia nâ ʻano mea like ʻole i pono ai.

"So we gotta grow that paper mulberry tree. Um find the wood to make the tools," says Tanahy.

Pono e hoʻoulu wauke a ʻimi i ka lâʻau no nâ pono.

"And then carve the stamps out of bamboo.  So every, every aspect of this art is all things that we gather, or we create and that is one of the things that really sets is apart from a lot of other arts," said Tanahy.

Pono e kâlai ʻia nâ ʻohe kâpala. ʻO nâ mea a pau e pono ai, haku a hana lima ʻia. ʻO ia kekahi ʻokoʻa loa o kçia hana noʻeau.

If it's so much work and not worn or used a lot, why do it?

Inâ me kçia ka nui hana a ʻaʻole paha ʻaʻahu nui ʻia e kânaka i kçia mau lâ, he ana ke kumu ʻimi a paʻu nui ai penei.

"So, you know why? Because it is a artifact of our people. It was something that was important to them. It was something that they used and, in this day, it is something that there is actually a market for," says Tanahy.

He hana ia na ka Hawaiʻi. ʻO ia ke kumu. Ua hana lâkou a ua hoʻohana nui ʻia. Eia hou, he mea e ʻimi hou ʻia nei ʻânô.

However, for Dalani, passing this on to our youth is the biggest reward.

Eia hoʻi, no Dalani, ʻo ka waiwai koʻikoʻi loa o ka hoʻôla hou i kçia, ʻo ia ka ili o ia ʻike ma luna o nâ hanauna hou.

"So even if we just you know, teach the fourth graders, so that when they go to the museum, uh I know what that is, that is a iʻe kuku I when use that.  They have handled it they cut the tree, they know," said Tanahy.

Inâ aʻo ʻia mai nâ pua a kuluma i ke kuku ma ka hana.

 

Ua maʻa i ka hana. ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

 

 

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