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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 9, 2006

Learn old arts, crafts for free at museum

Advertiser Staff


10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Mondays-Saturdays

Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St.




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Six days a week, the Bishop Museum offers free workshops taught by skilled Native Hawaiian artisans.

Workshops include:

Fancy ti-leaf lei-making: Participants will learn more about this plant and how to make fancy ti-leaf lei from master lei maker Dot Sakamoto. Mondays.

Kalae pohaku: Traditional stone mason Atwood "Maka" Makani demonstrates the traditional art of stone-on-stone carving, grinding, polishing and finishing. Tuesdays.

'Ie'ie weaving: In this session, Native Hawaiian artisan Solomon Apio shows visitors how the root is woven to make fish and shrimp traps, gourd coverings, feathered images and helmets. Wednesdays.

Lauhala weaving: Artisan Gwen Kamisugi teaches the basics of weaving lauhala, an important part of Polynesian culture and craft. Thursdays.

Hawaiian quilting: Led by Poakalani Serrao, a third-generation Hawaiian quilter and leading quilt designer. Fridays.

Lomilomi: Licensed massage therapist and lomilomi practitioner Chris Kawika Brown leads this hands-on class on the basics of traditional Hawaiian massage. Alternating Saturdays.

Lauhala weaving: Students of the weaving club Ulana Me Ka Lokomaika'i show visitors the basic techniques of weaving lauhala. Alternating Saturdays.

Workshops do not require museum admission or reservations. Check in at the museum entrance for direction.