PBS Hawaii Presents - Hawaiian Masterpieces Ka Hana Kapa

 

In 2010, a small group of people who are practitioners in the art of Hawaiian kapa, or bark cloth making, began a journey to dress Halau O Kekuhi in this material that once was considered a lost art in Hawaii.
I am humbled to be one of the featured kapa makers in this film that follows the story of creating those kapa for the 2011 Merrie Monarch Festival, the most prestigious hula festival in the world.  This event combined to very special arts into one amazing performance.

 Please enjoy, Hawaiian Masterpieces: Ka Hana Kapa Presented by PBS Hawaii


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Hawaiian kapa has been in a revival for almost 40 years.  Despite the years, the number of actual practitioners are few because of the arduousness of the work and the limited availability of resources.  As a kapa practitioner for 20 years, part of my kuleana, or responsibility, is to help in that revival by creating and sharing kapa with all who want to learn.  To that end, I have started a crowd funding site at www.hatchfund.org to help build a kapa school of learning where we can grow more trees and dye plants, and have spaces and opportunities for people to learn and to continue their practice of Hawaiian kapa making. 
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help fund this endeavor by visiting this site:

 

http://www.hatchfund.org/project/kilohana_a_place_of_hawaiian_kapa_arts_and_learning and help to preserve and perpetuate the art of Hawaiian Kapa.

Mahalo nui loa
Dalani Tanahy

 

 

 

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