Na Lima Hana Festival Kauai, ... Kumuhonua (back to the source),
October 17th - 19th, 2013
Learn about Hawaiian cultural practices, participate in workshops and enjoy outstanding entertainment, music, dance and food. Check out our video.
Na Lima Hana means many hands working. This three-day festival, at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, presents a host of Hawaiian cultural practitioners offering activities, demonstrations, entertainment and learning experiences. Literally, many hands are working to teach and learn these fascinating skills. Learn all about lei-making, weaving with endemic plants, uses of medicinal plants, salt-making, drum-making, lomilomi (traditional massage), lau hala weaving, kapa (tapa) making, carving, ancient chants, hula kahiko, the uses of kalo (taro) and stone carving. Enjoy Hawaiian food and entertainment too. Many events are free of charge to the public. As part of the festival, the Hawai`i Lodging and Tourism Association Kaua`i Chapter will be hosting a day-long conference titled, "The Bones of our Ancestors", including a cultural field trip, discussions and demonstrations. Additionally, the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) will hold a grant-writing workshop October 15, 16, and 17.
The theme, kumuhonua, means "learning by going back to the source." All cultural practitioners convey the original sources of their knowledge, explaining how a particular cultural skill, craft, practice or tradition was taught to them; what was their source. Photo of Na Kane o Keoneloa, courtesy of Anne O`Malley
The Na Lima Hana Festival is part of the greater Kauai Aloha Festivals which start in September and end in October, a time period when Hawaiian cultural traditions are honored and celebrated around the State of Hawai`i through numerous events and celebrations.
Event Schedule subject to change - events are at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in the Poipu Beach area of Kaua`i.
October 15th, 16th and 17th
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: ANA Grant Workshop - Please call (808) 240-6369 to register
Thursday, October 17th
Dawn: `Aukai - Poipu Beach Park
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Cultural Craft Fair, Ilima Terrace
Friday, October 18th
HLTA-Kauai Workshop: Na Iwi Kupuna (The Bones of Our Ancestors)
Kauai Ballroom $45.00
7:30 a.m.: `Awa Ceremony
8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.: Ho`opa`a Inoa/`Aina Kakahiaka (Registration/Breakfast)
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Panel Discussion on Na Iwi Kupuna
11:00 AM - off site visit
Noon - Lunch
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - Hands on learning and creating Native Hawaiian products such as woven products, kahili creation, creation of cordage, Tatau demonstration, Lomi and La`au (native plants), including gathering and cleaning of plants`ohe ( nose Flute), and Papa Holua ( Hawaiian sleds). Contact:
1o a.m.: Kauai Aloha Week Royal Court (Lobby)
10:00 AM - 3:00 p.m.: Cultural Crafts
and Hands-On Learning Cultural Demonstrations, Grand Ball Room
10:00 AM -10:30 AM - Hawaiian Entertainment
10:30 a.m. Employee Amateur "Chop Box", Grand Ballroom: See four entrants compete to prepare an entrée from unknown ingredients in the contest designed after the The Food Network channel's Chopped show.
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Hawaiian Entertainment
11:30 a.m. Employee Professional "Chop Box" competition.
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. - Hawaiian Buffet Luncheon - Enjoy Hawaii's traditional foods in this extensive buffet luncheon (fee).
6:00 PM - Hawaiian entertainment, Seaview Terrace
8:05 PM - Ho`onanea - a contemporary Hawaiian trio songs of old Hawai`i.
Saturday, October 19th
9 a.m.: Taiko Drummers
Start your morning with our Taiko Drummers as they share a part of themselves, as well as their culture. Let the sound of the drums awaken your senses and set the tone for the day.
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact the Stella Burgess at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, 240-6369, firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, but no later than October 11th.
These events are partially sponsored by Kaua‘i County, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the Po‘ipu Beach Foundation.