The School’s Valued Tradition of Kapa-making for Makahiki

The Po‘e Ka‘ahele class enchanted us with their joy and excitement of making their kapa for Makahiki.  The Po‘e students enlightened us on the entire process, starting with the wauke plant, scraping the bark and pounding the slice of bark with a kapa beater to spread out the fibers making and preparing a fabric ready for printing. 

We learned about the ‘ohe kāpala.  These are stamps (originally made with bamboo) carved with primarily geometric shapes used to print the repetitive patterns onto their kapa.  The children said the stamp design was personally meaningful and symbolic to each of them. They taught us how they needed to consider the importance of  both positive and negative space in designing their kapa.

Our students used carved into linoleum glued to wood to make their ‘ohe kāpala.  Each student shared their particular designs, and informed us that originally Native Hawaiians were able to use natural dyes were extracted from every part a plant. Some students chose fish hook, mountains, sunset, erupting volcanoes, waves, land, sky, ocean for their designs. 

We also learned how the boys correctly tie and wear the kapa!

Hurry hurry and please stop by the Art Gallery and view for yourself the beauty and the craftsmanship of the Po‘e students’ kapa! The Po‘e students will proudly wear their kapa at Makahiki on Wednesday, 11/22/17!

A special mahalo to Mrs. Okano for her help with making the kapa!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!