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Hawaiian art of weaving focus of conference

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel will host the second annual Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference Sept. 4-7. The conference consists of four days of intense instruction in the ancient art of Hawaiian weaving by 20 kumu (master practitioners) from throughout Hawaii.

During the conference, 150 students will learn traditional Hawaiian weaving techniques and styles from 20 kumu of this ancient art.

This year’s conference theme, “Hiliapa’a,” relates to the work and effort put forth by the students in weaving that will develop a firm knowledge of the craft.

In addition to the expanded weaving styles, the conference features a new scholarship opportunity that offers a local student from either Maui, Lanai or Molokai the chance to work alongside master practitioners. This is also the first year of the program where attendees can sponsor younger students to attend and participate.

Sept. 7 will be the culmination of the conference with the Celebration of Kauluhiwaolele Fiber Arts where local favorites will be served for dinner and live Hawaiian entertainment will be in full swing.

Additionally, there will be a silent auction where proceeds will go to future kumus as well as scholarship opportunities for future conferences. Tickets to the dinner can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/kauluhiwaolele-maui-fiber-arts-conference-tickets-59476882958.

For more information or to register, visit www.kauluhiwaolele.com or kbhmaui.com. The registration fee is $389. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel will be offering a special room rate of $159 a night plus tax to event participants. The offer expires Wednesday.