A unique opportunity for UH West Oʻahu students, faculty, and staff to learn how to make lamakū (Hawaiian torch) is scheduled during the weekend of October 28 and 29. Participants in the workshop, led by Kumu Aulii Mitchell, will learn how to create lamakū from the gathering of kukui, hau, ule hala, and ʻohe to the lashing together and finishing of the torches that can be carried.
The number of participants is limited to 10-15 people, according to Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer, who is helping organize the overnight workshop. Aunty Manu, Konohiki – Kūlana o Kapolei (A Hawaiian Place of Learning at UHWO) notes the workshop is a fantastic opportunity for students, faculty and staff to enjoy hana noʻeau, a cultural practice of old.
Participants will meet at the Windward Mall Starbucks in Kaneʻohe at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, to drive to a loʻi kalo in Luluku where they will set up camp and gather materials to be used the next day. There will be music and moʻolelo in the evening. Pot-luck food to share is welcomed. The next morning they will get up and work on the lamakū and depart by noon.
Those interested in participating should contact aunty Manu at firstname.lastname@example.org.