Ka Hana Kapa
About This Episode
In ancient Hawai'i, kapa, or bark cloth made from the wauke plant (Broussonetia papyrifera), was used for clothing, bedding, the wrapping of precious iwi (ancestor's bones), important ceremonies, and a myriad of other purposes, making it an integral part of everyday life in Hawaiian society. It is also one of the most beautiful art forms in the Pacific. Following the complex process of Hawaiian kapa making from start to finish, Ka Hana Kapa is the story of kapa making in Hawai'i documenting the history of kapa in Hawai'i to the dedicated kapa practitioners like Marie McDonald, Roen Hufford, Dalani Tanahy, Moana Eisele, Dennis Kana‘e Keawe, Ka‘iulani de Silva and Eric Enos, and their students, who have given new life to this intricate cultural practice.
The documentary also showcases the thrilling appearance of Halau O Kekuhi led by kumu hula Nalani Kanaka'ole attired in original kapa made specifically for the Halau at the opening of the 2011 Merrie Monarch Festival.