Holomua Ka Hana Ulana: Caring for Weaving in the 21st Century

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Saturday September 29

9:00 AM  –  5:00 PM

 &  Sunday, September 30     10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Atherton Hālau at Bishop Museum

Free (limited availability)


Ulana (plaiting/weaving), is unquestionably one of the greatest expressions of Oceanic creativity. Showcasing rarely-seen historical collections alongside contemporary creations, this free event will bring together practitioners, museum professionals, researchers, and students from across Hawai‘i. Through presentations, panel discussions, collection tours, and demonstrations, we will discuss and (re)define the means by which we continue to collectively curate, create, and care for mea ulana ʻia in the 21st century.

This two-day symposium and workshop is part of Bishop Museum’s Laulima Series highlighting ulana and kālai (carving). The series is supported by a grant from the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities. 

Saturday session topics and events:

  • Ulana in Practice
  • Lunch (included for participants)
  • Ulana Collections, Histories, and Genealogies
  • Screening of excerpts of oral history video interviews of noted lauhala weavers

Sunday session topics and events:

  • Free time for weaving and sharing/learning from one another
  • Lunch (included for participants)
  • Bridging Indigenous Preservation and Museum Conservation
  • Ulana in Focus: A glimpse of Bishop Museum’s Collections (collection tours)
  • Final Brainstorming/Workshop Wrap-up
  • Pau Hana reception (included for participants)