Makeke Kapolei Offers Once-A-Month Cultural Workshops

Hawaiian cultural practitioner Kawika Au visited Makeke Kapolei June 7 as an installment of the market’s new hands-on workshops series, “Integrating Hawaiian Cultural Practices within Makeke Kapolei: Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike, Learn by Doing.” Au taught attendees how to create and play the ohe hano ihu (bamboo nose flute).

The series, which is coordinated by the Malama Learning Center in conjunction with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaiian Electric Industries, aims to build awareness, respect and appreciation for sustainable Hawaiian cultural practices. The workshops will feature local cultural practitioners, artisans and musicians.

Katie Gallagher and Sayo Costantino

Katie Gallagher and Sayo Costantino
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Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) community development specialist Katie Gallagher (left) and Malama Learning Center environmental educator Sayo Costantino at Makeke Kapolei June 7

The presentations will be held on the first Thursday of each month at Makeke Kapolei, which takes place every Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Kapolei High School. The next installment will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. July 5 and will feature a presentation on kapa (Hawaiian barkcloth) by Kaiulani de Silva.

For more information, call 692-8200 ext. 2267 or visit malamalearningcenter.org.