Nani kou lei!
Huraiti Mana hosted it's first-ever 2.5-hour lei intensive workshop in partnership with the Wing Luke Museum! In honor of Visions of Pasifika which exhibited from December 2017 - November 2018, Kalei'okalani of Huraiti Mana hosted a workshop focusing on the history and significance of lei-making through the Native Hawaiian wili or wrap style.
Mahalo nui loa to all the 'ohana and hoaaloha, family and friends who help spread the word to make this first-ever offering a sold out success! Special mahalo to International Examiner, Arden Fujiwara, Sunshine of Polynesia, Tamali'i Polynesian Dance, Colors of Hawai'i, and more. The room was full of community members spanning across Washington including haumāna from Hālau across Seattle, leaders from the annual Seattle Live Aloha Festival, mamas from Huraiti Mana, staffers from Wing Luke Museum and Arts Corps, and much more 'ohana!
We talked story about the type of lei you give and receive, the meanings of using various flowers both in Hawai'i and in the PNW, and methods of creating lei. Almost all were first-ever lei-weavers, and all were very open, dedicated, and didn't want to leave their work. Each left with smiles, laughs, and stories. Huraiti Mana is so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to and heavily involve the ori and hula 'ohana community of the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to hosting future workshops to further our connection to our past and the future of this growing community.
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