Dalani Tanahy holding a Kapa Kite

Kapa in the Sky

At first glance the two dozen bark-cloth kites hanging in Bishop Museum’s Science Adventure Center seem incongruous. “What,” one might ask, “do kites have to do with science?”  Well, for one, this is ancient technology, predating Western contact by hundreds of years. The demigod Maui is said to have engaged in various kite-flying adventures, and petroglyphs on the Big Island document a lupe manu—literally a “bird kite,” with wings on each side. Kites have long been flown not just in Hawai‘i, but also throughout Oceania. In Aotearoa they were sometimes used for divination; Solomon Islanders used them for fishing, flying them in front of a canoe with bait attached. In parts of Micronesia, they were woven from leaves of the pandanus or other plants. In Hawai‘i, Tahiti, the Cook Islands and elsewhere, they were also made from kapa (bark cloth), itself a millennia-old Pacific textile.


Hanahou Magazine website (Kapa in the Sky)

Star Bulletin Website (Kapa in the Sky)

Honolulu Weekly Website ( Kite Runners)

Bishop Museum Website (New Kapa Kite Exhibit Features Work Of Waianae Students)

Martin & MacArthur Donates Percentage of Profits to Community Organizations

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Martin & MacArthur, Hawaii’s leading purveyor of fine koa furnishings, will be opening its flagship store at Ward Center and donating a percentage of the profits to two important community organizations, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) and the Palama Settlement. The Grand Opening Event will take place on Saturday, August 8th at their new store on the corner of Kamakee and Auahi street, adjacent to Kakaako Kitchen at Ward Center.

"We are so humbled by the generosity of the team at Martin & MacArthur," said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President and CEO. "To have a company join the neighborhood and extend a giving hand in these tough economic times is a sure way to make good neighbors and long lasting impressions in the community. We welcome Martin & MacArthur and offer many Mahalos!"

The newest Martin & MacArthur store will feature newly designed koa furniture inspired by actual pieces owned by Hawaiian monarchs, feather kahilis and leis made in the tradition of old Hawaii, Hawaiian kapa cloth by renowned artisan Dalani Tanahy, Hawaiian weapons by several local craftsmen, and the widest assortment of koa jewelry boxes, koa bowls, and koa platters, in addition to other home accessories made by local Hawaiian craftsmen and women.

Read full article at Hawaii Reporter


He Ho’ala Ana/An Awakening:

Kapa by Marie MacDonald, November 20, 2008-January 18, 2009, Gallery 22

A “Can’t Miss” event for all of us kapa makers!  Marie MacDonald, author of the acclaimed books, “Ka Lei: The Leis of Hawaii” and “Na Lei Makamae”, co-authored with Paul Wessich, presents her first kapa one woman show at the Honolulu Academy of arts. Mere words fail to define the many talents of this awesome lady but there is a great write up about her at the Academy website.  Please put this event on your list of things to do!
www.honoluluacademy.org  Upcoming Exhibits

Andrew Rose has been a kapa student from the Leeward Community College Continuing Education/Native Hawaiian Arts Program.  He is an art teacher at the Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei as well as a practitioner of fine arts himself.  Please visit an exhibition of his artwork at the Nu’uanu Gallery at Marks Garage
-Opening reception:  Thursday, October 23, 5-8 pm
-First Friday:  November 7, 5-9 pm
-Artist Talk:  Saturday, November 8, 2pm
-Third Thursday: November 20 until 7:30 pm


New Hawaiian Kapa Gallery

We have just added a new 40 images kapa gallery! Click here to go to the gallery's page