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All Kapa, all the time...Despite it being long, solitary work, we can share thoughts and experiences through this online hui. Any classe or event postings are also welcome here.See More
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'O wai kou inoa? What's your name?
'O Dalani Tanahy ko'u inoa
No hea mai 'oe? Where are you from?
ʻO wai ke ahupuaʻa āu e noho nei? Where do you live?

Why I love kapa...

Of all the arts i got into over the years, kapa was the only one that, like the ono ono fragrance when it ferments, really stuck to me. i think its because of the sheer diversity of the craft. As cultivar and horticulturist i had to learn the ways of growing straight, clean wauke and how to gather and prepare dye materials into a rainbow of colors and hues...as craftsman, searching for the perfect woods that could be shaped into hoha and i'e kuku and kua, and pohaku for poho and kua...as a student, learning some here and some there and continuing to learn always... as a teacher, who never tires of the the thrill of amazing a class with what the bark of a tree can do and become. Having been blessed with the virtue of extreme patience since kapa can never be forced.. only coaxed lovingly...an inch at a time... i love this work even though it really hurts to do...hours and hours pounding and pounding...stiff legs and spine and hands..how i appreciate our ancestors for doing this work in their matter-of-fact way. It just had to be done...and today...it still just has to be done.

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REAL Time Kapa Course

Hey everyone, just letting you all know that I will be starting a REAL Time Kapa Course.  Some quick details

-Year long course beginning February 14, 2015

-Classes will meet once a month for a year.  This is how long it will take for your tree to grow, which you will plant in the first class and which you will pound when it has grown.

-Fees are $100 per student per monthly course

-Modules will include, Wauke cultivation, Museum visits, Tool making including kapa…


Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:37am

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At 9:38pm on May 24, 2010, ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa said…
Aloha e ke hoa! I will see you this weekend at NMAI, no?
At 9:48pm on September 3, 2009, Aʻiaʻi said…
Aloha- Inc ase you look at this befor eI get out there. Are my seedlings still around? I have been going non stop and have actually been doing kapa and more dyes and carving my iʻe and hohoa.Some of my seedlings survived the african snail attack. I didnʻt sign up for you class but I wouldnʻt mind going but at this point I am probably learning more with each piece I pound Iʻll call you next week Iʻm off to Maui but will be home to pound some more I have one piece soaking and fermenting. Love your pics. I still feel a need to make for the iwi. Aloha sorry i donʻt write often but then I write a lot.
At 10:55pm on August 29, 2009, Healani Stefansson said…
Aloha Dalani,
Pehea oe? I attended the hula conference in July at Kamehameha School and took your kapa making class for na ponohula. You'll be happy to know that I am working on carving my i'e kuku (see all photos) so I can finish the kapa I started in your class. I'm so excited. I will also decorate my kapa with ohe kapala I made in Aunty's Moana's class. I really had a wonderful experience in your class - MAHALO. My next project is to make a hohoa. Malama pono. Healani
At 11:33pm on December 11, 2008, kahikina said…
tap tap tap...
tap tap...
tap tap tap tap...

miss you lady!
At 10:15am on November 19, 2008, Kawehi said…

neva hear from you long time... hows the kapa going?
started your piece yet for next festival?

hahaha nah nah. pehea 'oe?
well i talk to you latahs.

aloha no,
At 7:55pm on August 25, 2008, Pono Kealoha said…

At 11:56pm on August 13, 2008, Kianamaikalani said…
haha :)
the next festival?
as in 2012?
wow, head start :)
At 7:42pm on August 13, 2008, kahikina said…
then you must've heard my raucous laughter too!! neva knew da chamelionesian head of state was so handsome... put him in da malo nex time!!

hahahahahaha :)
At 11:48pm on August 11, 2008, Kianamaikalani said…
aunty dalani! how are you? hows the kapa going? haha i miss coming to your room in the evening and starting tu nihi, but never finishing it :)
At 8:04pm on August 10, 2008, kahikina said…
oooh, i hope yesterday went well; sounds like fun :)
i must say i did not make it to see SYTYCD, though guarantee was up for the new ABDC!! wonder what a SYTYCD Hula would look like... hahahaha!
amazingly enough i do miss the smell of wauke in the morning (2 in the morning to be exact), and i thought of you when dad and i came up with a new pacific nation: the chamelionesians :) ...and the music ideas are coming for the 2012 fashion show, so pound that kapa aunty!
have a great week!

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