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Workshop series to honor Maui’s wahine

Participants air-dry their la‘au kapala designs at a Noenoe Nights event. La‘au kapala is the Hawaiian art technique of stamping with Hawaii plants. -- Ala Kukui photo

The Makena Golf & Beach Club is partnering with the community-based nonprofit organization Ala Kukui to introduce Noenoe Nights at Makena, a collaborative workshop series that uplifts and celebrates wahine (women) as reflections of kupuna (ancestors).

Sponsored by the Makena Golf & Beach Club, the free workshop series will feature several evenings recognizing the many roles that wahine hold in the Maui community and creating connection through Hawaii storytelling and arts and crafts. The inaugural workshop will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the club’s Makena Vista event lawn, and will celebrate Maui’s educators.

All self-identifying female teachers, administrators and school support staff, as well as kumu (teachers) of hula, the arts or any social support programs, are invited to attend the first Noenoe Night. The event is limited to 30 participants, and seats are offered on a first-to-register basis. Light pupu and refreshments will be provided.

Attendees will experience an intimate evening of creating and tasting as they enjoy Hawaii storytelling and la’au kapala, the Hawaiian art technique of stamping with Hawaii plants. Mai’a (banana), la’i (ti leaf) and kalo (taro) will be the la’au used to kapala (stamp) individual designs.

“Noenoe Nights is a gathering for women that is grounded in culture and celebrates wahine roles in ohana and community. We are excited to partner with Makena Golf & Beach Club to bring Noenoe Uakea to the Naulu and hopefully inspire other wahine to connect, rejuvenate and reflect on self and place,” says Kau’i Kanaka’ole, executive director for Ala Kukui.

To register, visit noenoenightsinmakena_wahinekumu.eventbrite.com.