BECOME INSPIRED as NPS staff and cultural practioners demonstrate traditional Hawaiian craft techniques such as weaving baskets from lau niu (coconut fronds), bracelets from lauhala (dry leaves from the pandanus tree) or play Hawaiian games. Almost every day in the park you can experience a taste of life in ancient Hawaiʻi.
Witness the Fascinating Work of Cultural Practitioner, Kahakaʻio Ravenscraft
Step back in time and witness the hana nō'eau (traditional skills) of nā kanaka maoli (native Hawaiians) or listen to the fascinating tales of the wā kahiko (times past).
Cultural demonstrations in traditional clothing are conducted to provide an authentic historical experience to visitors. Please show respectful and appropriate behavior towards the demonstrator(s). Have a question? Demonstrators are an excellent source of knowledge and would be happy to answer any questions.
Traditional Clothing Items
Traditional Hawaiian clothing was minimalist due to the climate. Men wore malo (loincloth) and women wore paʻu (skirts). Both men and women could wear a kihei, or a rectangular shawl, for added warmth or comfort. Today the women's traditional paʻu has evolved into a kīkepa (dress) for additional coverage.
Last updated: June 20, 2021