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Kapa creations

Artisans from across the state contribute to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's celebration of the Hawaiian craft

By Nina Wu

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 14, 2014

~~<p>Sitting on the second-floor lanai of her home in Makaha, kapa maker Dalani Tanahy pounds on a sheath of bark, surrounded by verdant views of the Waianae mountain range. It's peaceful and quiet except for the meditative tap-tap-tap of the i&lsquo;e kuku (square-sided beater) on the wooden kua (anvil), which softens the inner bark of the wauke, or paper mulberry tree. Its final beating leaves an embossed pattern &mdash; a distinctive feature of Hawaiian kapa. Tanahy, 52, will finish the piece with a unique combination of colors from plant dyes and stylized designs.</p>
<p>It is one of two new pieces she created for the Maui Arts &amp; Cultural Center, which will celebrate the Hawaiian art and craft of kapa making with events that start Saturday.</p>
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Sitting on the second-floor lanai of her home in Makaha, kapa maker Dalani Tanahy pounds on a sheath of bark, surrounded by verdant views of the Waianae mountain range. It's peaceful and quiet except for the meditative tap-tap-tap of the i‘e kuku (square-sided beater) on the wooden kua (anvil), which softens the inner bark of the wauke, or paper mulberry tree. Its final beating leaves an embossed pattern — a distinctive feature of Hawaiian kapa. Tanahy, 52, will finish the piece with a unique combination of colors from plant dyes and stylized designs.

It is one of two new pieces she created for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, which will celebrate the Hawaiian art and craft of kapa making with events that start Saturday. Login for more...



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