PI`IA (Pālamanui Ignites Indigenous Arts) is a robust weekend of indigenous arts, inviting 150 people from our communities to investigate, engage, discover, and experiment with various traditional arts of Hawai`i that grows personal leadership and promotes community well-being. Please join us as we share, learn and have fun at the Hawai`i Community College, Pālamanui campus.
If any questions, please email us at PIIA [at] hawaii.edu
Where Hawaiʻi Community College, Pālamanui campus
73-4225 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua, HI 96740
|Learn about hei or ritual string formation. Through the use of storytelling and protocols, participants will learn how to create hei that speaks to promoting personal and community well-being.|
|ʻAwa, whether used in ceremony or for recreational purposes brings communities together, honors relationships and promotes well-being. Learn about the process and function of ʻawa and how it applies to personal/familial health.|
|Learn how indigenous and non-native plants can be used for dyeing. Participate in learning various techniques and tools for processing and testing out different shades of colors from the same plant.|
|Hula for keiki is fun and informative. The hula that will be shared come from the Mary Kawena Pūkuʻi collection. These were games and riddles that elders taught her to learn about and develop a personal relationship to her environment.|
|Taga is ritual cordage regalia. This artwork is derived from kōkōpu`upu`u, which are traditional carrying nets. The techniques are now used to create ritual regalia using cordage. All are invited to engage in this innovation called taga.|
|This Presentation will introduce learners to their voice in order to engage and mimic the environment. Participants will learn techniques and an oli (chant) to share with their families and community afterwards.|
|Participants will learn the techniques and protocols associated with creating the lei style know as Hilo. Learn all the steps of this lei style, including gathering and preparing foliage.|
|Learn about the history and techniques of carving. Participants will be able to do a personal and collective carving activity.|
|Learn from a master weaver on ulana (weaving) techniques. Participants will be making a personal art piece during this Presentation.|
|This Presentation teaches participants how to create prints from bamboo. Learn the basics for creating prints that mimic the environment, speak to familial or close personal relationships and/or function as sources for inspiration and empowerment.|
|Learners will engage in creating their very own lauhala fans.|
Please note that these are longer, more in-depth sessions. For those of you with younger kids, there will be other keiki friendly activities that will be held during this time.
(Open Rotation - registration for mini Presentations not required)
|"Lau Kāpala Cards
(Decorative Cards with Vegetation prints)"
|Learn how foliage is used for creating prints. Participants will be introduced to various plants and the unique designs of each.|
(Observing oneʻs environment)"
|Developing oneʻs kilo, or observation skills, is essential in knowing oneʻs environment. Learn techniques used in observing the natural landscape through a fun activity.|
(Protocols of Kīpaepae)"
|Kīpaepae are the foundational steps into a house. Kīpaepae are used to welcome visitors to our Hawai`i island, orient them to the ʻāina (land), and hoʻokamaʻāina (familiarize) to our kauhale that is Hawai`i Community College. Learn how to interact with the pahu (drum) and pū (conch/triton shell).|
|PIIA Bingo - Hoʻokamaʻāina (Familiarize Oneself with) Pālamanui||Learn about Pālamanui by playing Bingo with us!|
(Learn about Kona)"
|Learn about the geography and ahupua`a of Kona.|
(Learn the Pālamanui Oli)"
|Naʻū, a traditional oli used by natives of Kona during sunset. Learn how this practice helped to inspire the Pālamanui song which honors Kona and reminds us to utilize each day to the best of our potential.|