GRANT: Ka Hana Kapa

Presented by:
Hawai'i Council for the Humanities
Subject: Art/Photography, Digital Humanities, History, Indigenous Peoples Audience: All

“Ka Hana Kapa” documents the history of kapa in Hawai’i and follows the complex process of Hawaiian kapa making from start to finish. Hawaiian kapa is one of the most beautiful art forms in the Pacific. In ancient Hawai’i, kapa, or bark cloth made from the wauke plant (Broussonetia papyrifera), was used for clothing, bedding, the wrapping of precious iwi (ancestor’s bones), important ceremonies, and a myriad of other purposes, making it an integral part of everyday life in Hawaiian society. “”Ka Hana Kapa” is the story of kapa making in Hawai’i, as told by dedicated kapa practitioners and their students, who have given new life to this intricate cultural practice.