Gordon Umialiloalahanauokalakaua Kai & Janice Leinaala Noweo Kai
Gordon ‘Umialiloalahanauokalakaua Kai (“Umi” to his friends) crafted his first Hawaiian weapon over 45 years ago. Made from the wood of a mango tree and ringed with shark teeth, his first leiomano or “lei of the shark,” is still with him. Umi is not the only artist in the family; Janice Leinaala Noweo Kai, his wife of 42 years, is a skilled weaver. With over 45 years of experience learning about and crafting na mea Hawai‘i, including na mea kaua (things of war), Umi and Leinaala are part of a small group of Native Hawaiian artists perpetuating the craft of making tools and weapons that were once essential to survival.
Friday, March 24 / 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Back by popular demand! Stop by and “talk story” with Umi Kai of Kai Kompany and Leinaala Kai of Ulupono Designs! We encourage you to ask questions and watch them create some of their own work right here at the Hui! This is a great opportunity to learn about tools, weapons, and lauhala weaving from Native Hawaiian artists.
Saturday, 1 day
March 25 / 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Students will learn to make a single piece fishhook out of bone. These fishhooks are designed to be functional rather than decorative. Umi of Kai Kompany will guide you through the use of hand tools and shaping of the hook as well as making cordage. Prerequisite: Haumana (students) must be strong enough to pull a coping saw (small hand saw) to cut the hard beef bone. Note: One bone blank will be provided and additional blanks will be available in class for $5 each.
Tuition: $50 ($69 nonmember)
Supply Fee: $20
Sunday, 1 day
March 26 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Umi of Kai Kompany as you learn how to make a niho ‘oki—a cutting tool made with a single shark’s tooth and a wooden handle. Students will enjoy the unique experience of creating this versatile utility knife using natural materials and hand tools.
Tuition: $25 ($32 nonmember)
Supply Fee: $45