- Date & Time
- Multiple Days: 11/09/2012, 11/10/2012, 11/11/2012 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
- Fee Information
- Supplies are $225.00 for adults - free for students
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Kapa or bark cloth was made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree, breadfruit and mamaki. Kapa was used to make cloth for malo, loincloth worn by men, pā'ū, worn by women as a skirt, burial, blankets, rags and more. Hawaiian kapa is the finest in all of Polynesian because of the fermentation process used to break down the raw material into a soft, felted cloth. Bold, earthy colors were applied onto the cloth using simple geometric designs carved into a piece of bamboo.
Spend time at Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens to see how kapa is made or better yet, experience it first-hand and immerse yourself in a three-day workshop. Learn to cultivate, harvest, strip, clean, soak, ferment, beat, dye and print your very own kapa. Class is limited to 15 adults and 15 students ages 9-14. Supplies are $225 per adult, but free for students. Free lodging is limited. Bring your own food and snacks.
'Ike Hana No'eau is a series of Hawaiian cultural programs sponsored by Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association and Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
Bishop Museum, Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens, Ka Ulu Hawai'i and Parks and Cultural Sites Advisory Board-Hokuli'a.