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Ike Ulana Lau HalaThe Vitality and Vibrancy of Lau Hala Weaving Traditions in Hawaii$
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Lia O'Neill M. A. Keawe, Marsha MacDowell, and C. Kurt Dewhurst

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824840938

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824840938.001.0001

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‘Ike Pāpale: Lau Hala in Hawaiian Cultural Heritage

‘Ike Pāpale: Lau Hala in Hawaiian Cultural Heritage

Chapter:
(p.12) ‘Ike Pāpale: Lau Hala in Hawaiian Cultural Heritage
Source:
Ike Ulana Lau Hala
Author(s):

Marsha MacDowell

C. Kurt Dewhurst

Marques Hanalei Marzan

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824840938.003.0004

Hula, poi, aloha shirts, surfboards, and lūʻau are some of the contemporary symbols of Hawaiʻi's local culture known around the world. Lau hala is less known outside of Hawaiʻi, but among many Native Hawaiians, it is an important symbol of Hawaiian identity. Photographic records, oral histories and recordings, and the oral transmission of knowledge document that hala is a plant that is deeply entwined in the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Hawaiʻi. The art of lau hala—the weaving—turning the lau (leaves) of the hala (pandanus palm) into mea ulana (woven objects) is fundamental to the craft and art of this treasured cultural heritage practice. This chapter discusses lau hala in Hawaiian cultural history; lau hala and cultural knowledge; standards of excellence within Hawaiian lau hala weaving communities; contemporary challenges to lau hala; and efforts to document, preserve, and bring new attention to lau hala.

Keywords:   lau hala, weaving, Hawaiian tradition, Hawaiian culture, cultural tradition

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