Art & Aloha

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Art with Aloha: Talk Story & Demonstration with Visiting Artist Dalani Tanahy – FREE!
Wednesday, April 13 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Stop by the Hui and “talk story” with kapa maker Dalani Tanahy! Dalani will talk about the art of kapa—a Hawaiian cloth made from the pounded bark of the wauke (paper mulberry) plant. You’ll also get to see a bit of the complex process that goes into making these lovely pieces of natural Hawaiian cloth used as clothing, blankets, and for ceremonial purposes. You’ll be fascinated by what you learn about one of the most incredible Hawaiian art forms!

Art with Aloha: Understanding Hawaiian Kapa w/ Visiting Artist Dalani Tanahy #1248

Join us for this special opportunity to gain hands-on experience with kapa making! After learning about the historic importance and demise of Hawaiian kapa, students will make a shark tooth knife and ohe kapala stamps, beat the kapa using traditional tools and methods, make dyes, learn proper gathering methods and protocols for dye plants, and discover the different types of designs unique to Hawaiian kapa.

Class Schedule & Tuition

Day & Duration: Thursday & Friday, 2 days
April 14 & 15 / 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Visiting Artist Dalani Tanahy
Location: Children’s Studio
Tuition: $144 ($180 nonmember)
Supply Fee:$70

Supply List

Supplies are provided!

Open Studio


About the Teaching Artists

Dalani Tanahy is a native of San Diego, California with maternal roots from Waikapu, Maui. A lifelong artist in many media, she was drawn to kapa making over 15 years ago and stayed with it because of its diversity and rareness. Dalani’s favorite kapa to make are the ones people will use, whether a pa‘u to wear for a wedding, a baby’s blanket, or burial kapa. She is known for making soft and pliable kapa. With kapa education always being at the forefront of her work, she enjoys teaching students about the ingenuity, patience, and artistry of not only Hawaiians, but all of our ancestors who respected and worked with the ‘aina. Dalani’s work was recently featured in Mohala Hou Ke Kapa / Kapa Blossoms Anew—an exhibition at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

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