Ipu heke Workshop

I just returned from a trip to California. Mahalo to Aunty Sissy and Uncle Lincoln of Hula Halau ‘o Lilinoe for hosting the workshop at their halau.
Mahalo to Marsha Aguon and Alyssa Santos of Hawaiiana Photography for organizing the class. And especially for going out into the gourd field to select these wonderful ipu.
The students first cleaned the outside of the gourds. Normally we like to do this part at the beach but tubs filled with water worked just fine.

The ipu were cut opened.

The insides were cleaned, the heke and ‘olo fitted and glued together, then finished with kukui oil.

Special mahalo to Kumu Kekaimoku of Kekaiulu Hula Studio for teaching this hula noho, Ke ha’a la Puna. It’s always a fun and interesting time hanging out with Moku…..

Lastly, Mahalo to the haumana of Kekaiulu Hula Studio and Hula Halau ‘o Lilinoe for their hard work and warm aloha. There is nothing more rewarding than watching hula students create something that becomes precious to them. To see the finished product being used in a hula is delicious icing on the cake.

More photos can be found at Hawaiiana Photography in the “smugmug” link.

Hula le’a wale i kai o Nanahuki e/ Just dancing delightfully by the sea of Nanahuki

A line from Ke ha’a la Puna.