New cultural art display opens

Paukukalo artisan Gregory Gomes inspects an exhibit Nov. 17 at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas in Kaanapali that includes one of his handmade throw nets as well as traditional Hawaiian fish traps and octopus lures made by Kekai Kapu. The pieces are part of the exhibit of Hawaiian artwork that was blessed that morning. The art pieces are representative of culturally significant elements, including ali’i/akua, lawai’a, w’a’a and wai. They include an authentic kahili, a hand-woven fishing net and fishing tools, a lauhala canoe sail and a carved pohaku, all created by hand by community artisans using natural materials and traditional methods that were passed down from generation to generation within each of the practitioner’s families.

Westin Nanea Ocean Villas Complex Director of Culture Makalapua Kanuha talks with lauhala weaver Pohaku Kaho’ohanohano in front of the lauhala sail he created for the Hawaiian cultural exhibit that was blessed on Nov. 17. The exhibit is to be permanently on display in the lobby for guests and the public to view and to learn about the history and values of the islands.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos