Ike Ulana Lau Hala: The Vitality and Vibrancy of Lau Hala Weaving Traditions in Hawaii
edited by Lia O’Neill Keawe, Marsha MacDowell, and Kurt C. Dewhurst
2014 | 148 pages
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-4093-8 | $16.00
Rich with imagery, this extraordinary volume will guide the reader to a better understanding of the cultural scope and importance of lau hala and its uses, fostering an appreciation of the level of excellence to which the art of ulana lau hala has risen under the guidance of masters who continue to steer the Hawaiian form of the tradition into the future.
In this volume:
- An analysis of lau hala items that occur in historic photographs from the Bishop Museum collections
- The ecological history on hala in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific including serious challenges to its survival and strategies to prevent its extinction; perspectives–in Hawaiian–of a native speaker from Niʻihau on master weavers and the relationship between teacher and learner
- A review–also in Hawaiian– of references to lau hala in poetical sayings and idioms
- A survey of lau hala in Hawaiian cultural heritage and the documentation project underway to share the art with a broader audience
- A conversation with a master artisan known for his distinct and intricate construction of the lei hala.
Contributors include: Lia Keawe, Marsha MacDowell, Kurt Dewhurst, Marques Marzan, Jenna Robinson, Betty Kam, Annette Kuʻuipolani Wong, Kekeha Solis, Timothy Gallaher, and Kaiwipuni Lipe with Uncle Roy Benham. The volume is co-edited by Keawe, MacDowell, and Dewhurst.