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Workshop in Makena honors wahine nurses and caregivers

The Makena Golf & Beach Club is partnering with community-based nonprofit organization Ala Kukui to present a Noenoe Nights at Makena workshop from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the club’s Makena Vista event lawn.

Noenoe Nights is a free collaborative workshop series honoring wahine nurses and caregivers.

All self-identifying female registered nurses, nurses’ aides, nurse practitioners, and caregivers are invited to attend this free event. The event is limited to 30 participants, and seats are offered on a first-to-register basis.

Participants will create koko, floral hair accessories traditionally worn by female hula dancers.

“Koko are a quick way to adorn yourself for your aloha Friday with fresh foliage and flowers that can be gathered in your yard or neighborhood,” said Kau’i Kanaka’ole, executive director of Ala Kukui. “This floral hair piece or ‘bun bling’ as we like to call it, utilizes traditional lei making techniques as well as some modern tweaks to beautify your do in a flash.”

Light pupu and refreshments will be provided. Attendees will experience an intimate evening of tasting as they enjoy Hawaii storytelling and create their own koko to start the new year.

“We are thrilled to recognize those who accompany in times of need, whether the koko framing the beautiful face of the dancer or the soothing words and touch of a nurse or caregiver,” Leahi Hall, community relations director at the Makena Golf & Beach Club, said in a press release.

For more information or to register for Noenoe Nights at Makena, visit eventbrite.com/e/93717919821.

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