Michael Nahoopii
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At 4:33am on March 18, 2009, Bear said…
You were at "piko 2007" YA?
At 2:29pm on November 24, 2008, Kukahili said…
Lonoikamakahiki,, Lonoikamakahiki,, Lonoikamakahiki..

At 3:58pm on April 29, 2008, Momi said…
Wow Mike,

Nani ke kua...the pahu is nani too! I knew you would make it no problem.
At 8:51pm on April 13, 2008, Dalani said…
wooowww nani nani your kua michael! what kind of wood is that? its a beautiful piece...did you tune it yet? ha ha...yeah, i oil my tools before using them and i use either mineral oil or kukui nut oil sometimes. neither of these oils stain but i usually do it right after its made so theres usually some lag time til i use it. ive also started using danish oil, thats what uncle sol uses and havent had any problems. its good to oil and sand afterwards because you want to start building up the waterproof patina on the wood. hey the lauhala papale were wonderful! mahalo for sharing :)
At 10:18pm on March 27, 2008, Momi said…
Hi Mike,

Correction: Wes sands and oils his kua after use... makes sense to me. How's it going with the kua?


At 8:22pm on March 27, 2008, Uncle Wes said…
mahalo Michael me kou hoike ana mai hana lima papale lauhala.
At 4:16pm on March 7, 2008, ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa said…
Hui, e Mike. E, ua lohe au i kou keena hou, congratulations and condolences! Great to see you step up to the hana nui.
At 1:56pm on March 7, 2008, Momi said…
Aloha Mike,

Forgot to mention that you want to round the edges so they don't cut into the kapa but yet, keep the top as flat as possible. I know you can do it cause you are so `eleu...

God gave you a gift of talented hands.....
At 1:22pm on March 7, 2008, kkb said…
great photo, Mike!
At 7:08am on March 7, 2008, Momi said…
Aloha e Michael,

What kind of wood? The smoother the better. some people like Wes oil their kua before they work on it. Some of us don't like to use oil right before usage because the oil can get into the kapa and discolor it so maybe oiling and sanding the day before would be good. I have used oil when I first started using my kua to keep the wood conditioned. but now I don't unless I feel I need to. Ask Dalani as I'm also finding that we kapa makers have different techniques in how we do things so maybe she has some advice. Also, we started a kapa discussion. This would be a good question to ask and we can see if others have mana`o as well. I hope this is helpful.

What kind of wood did you use? I always love to see different Hawaiian woods being used for kapa tools.



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