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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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The Lauhala Mat

The Lauhala Mat

(p.125) The Lauhala Mat
Ike Ulana Lau Hala

Jenna Robinson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents a poem entitled “The Lauhala Mat” Jenna Robinson, which was written and presented at the spring 2012 graduation ceremony at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. The weaving of a lauhala mat reflects the sum of the author's experiences as a university student. She believes that all of us are unique leaves, growing and weaving together. With each day we become more intertwined, more invested in each other's future even as our collective purpose as a community is apparent. Our individual talents and beauty contribute to the strength of the mat that in turn supports us as individuals. She also wants this poem to highlight the beauty of Hawaiian culture, which enriches anyone's life if they are open and sensitive to what these legendary islands and native people have to offer.

Keywords:   poem, poetry, lauhala weaving, lauhala mat, weaving, hala leaves, Hawaiian culture

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