Merrie Monarch Festival. Photo from Sig Zane designs
In 2011 I was honored to be invited to participate in an Artistic Collaboration between a hui of contemporary kapa makers and Halau O Kekuhi. Over 25 kapa artists equipped the halau to be dressed in Hawaiian kapa garments of pa’u and malo for a hula presentation at the Merrie Monarch Ho’ike. The Wednesday night Ho`ike event is a non-competitive evening of hula and performances from around the pacific. Traditional Hawaiian hula garments had not been seen in this manner for over a century. The purpose of this project was to showcase Hawaiian kapa in its functional, cultural and traditional use and form. All of us had several methods of kapa making to adhere to. I had the incredible privilege of attending the performance. Watching the dancers dance in our kapa was so exciting and motivating. The performance was amazing!