Na Lima Hana Festival Kauai,  ... Kumuhonua (back to the source),
 October 17th - 19th, 2013

Na Lima Hana Festival 2013

For 2014, the Na Lima Hana Festival will take place October 16th through 18th. This website will be updated in spring, 2014 with new event details and dates.

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
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).

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

-- Lau hala Weaving: Cyndi Whitehawk
-- Nii hau shells presented by Niau `Ohana and her Ni`ihau `ohana
-- Kapa (tapa)-making, Malia
Much more
9:30 AM - Employee Poke Contest
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).
4:30 p.m. Employee Man vs. Food, Grand Ballroom
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.

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Cultural Demonstrations/Craft Fair: Visit with our crafters, and demonstrators:  Seaview Terrace, Atrium and Stevenson's Library

--Pa`akai (salt making): 'Anake Janet Kahalekomo
--Weaving with `ie`ie (a natural plant found in the islands):  Kahalekomo `Ohana
--The uses of kalo (taro): Kahalekomo `Ohana
--Coconut weaving: Kahalekomo `Ohana
--Pahu (drum) creation  - Learn how to make a musical drum used in cultural chants, hula, and ceremonies.
--Lomilomi (massage) in the traditional style: Roland Logan
--Lau hala weaving: Ku`ulei Becklund/Ku`uipo Morales
--Kapa - Malie Jamawan
--Kakau (tatoo): Keone Nunes
--Hawaiian sleds - Pohaku Stone

- Momi Subiono - La`au Lapa`au(traditional medicine) 
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Hawaiian music, Seaview Terrace
6 - 8 p.m.: Hawaiian music/Keiki Hula Show,
8:05 p.m. - Hawaiian trio sit back and enjoy comtemporary Hawaiian music.
 Seaview Terrace

For more information, contact Diann Hartman, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa,  808-742-1234, or email to

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 Diann Hartman at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, 808-742-1234, 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.


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