Here’s another educational update from Alaka’i Namiko on Kauai:
“On Wednesday, 23 May, I was invited by Kumu Lei to a gathering (‘aha) of kupuna (elders). They were making pua hulu (flowers made out of feathers) and kāhili (see also here, and here) to take with them to Lanai as makana (gifts) to the kupuna on Lanai, who would be hosting the meeting. Big kāhili are made with sticks and mesh, with hulu (feathers) attached to the mesh.
It has been a practice for some time for kupuna from all over Hawai’i to have ‘aha (meetings) on different islands. About 60 to 80 kupuna will meet each time, and the gatherings are hosted by the locals. Discussions and visits to cultural sites of historical significance are the usual itinerary highlights; all these kupuna are practitioners and teachers of Hawaiian culture.
I was honoured to be able to paint some of the kupuna. The first one was Aunty Hana.”