‘Upena Pāpa’i Workshop

Posted by Keli'i Kotubetey on August 7, 2013

We are happy to announce the first workshop in our Mali’u a Li’u Project series coming up on Saturday August 24th from 8:30am – 4pm.  The workshop will be the making of ‘upena pāpa’i (crab net) with master craftsman Umi Kai. This all day workshop will equip participants with the necessary tools and skills to make (and mend) crab nets and also includes a tshirt, lunch, and refreshments.

This workshop is the first of six focused hands-on workshops in a series running through the summer of 2014. A different workshop will be held every other month at He’eia Fishpond including he’e preparation, inamona making, traditional hale building, dry box making, and Hawaiian-style dry stack wall building. Keep an eye out for announcements over social media and on our website when signups open. Spaces are limited to 20 participants for each of these workshops so register early.  Register at www.paepaeoheeia.eventbrite.com .

Paepae o He`eia is the recipient of a two-year grant award from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for its project entitled “Mali`u a Li`u”.  The goal of the Mali`u a Li`u project is to capture, preserve, and maintain the traditions and practices of the He`eia landscape, including He`eia Fishpond.  The project will utilize three main activities to facilitate learning about the He`eia landscape: 1) hands-on workshops 2) series of evening talk-story sessions with Hawaiian kūpuna and experts and 3) documented interviews with He`eia kūpuna.

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