The first-ever Kumu A‘o Festival will take place at Windward Community College on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hale ‘Ākoakoa Atrium and Lanai.
The festival celebrates the theme "Kumu A‘o" (learning from the source), and honors the work of Living Treasure and Master Sculptor/Carver Tui‘one Pulotu, and other respected Hawaiian cultural practitioners who will be on hand to demonstrate and reveal techniques and traditions in mini-workshops throughout the day.
- "Sculpting the image of Kū , one of four major Hawaiian Gods (Kū Ki‘i)," with Tui‘one Pulotu
- a hands-on make-and-take "Carving a functional fish hook (makau)," with Gordon ‘Umialiloalahanauokalakaua "‘Umi" Kai,
- "Kapa dye-making" with Bernice Akamine
- hands-on presentations "Exploring the healing power of lomilomi," teaching different styles of massage (lomi) with Keola Chan, Kapuaihooleiiaikapono "Kapono" Aluli Souza and Enrick Ortiz.
The festival will also feature slack key guitar Master Jerry Santos and Kāne‘ohe's own Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winner Hoku Zuttermeister with talk story and music performances.
The Kumu A‘o Festival is free and open to the public. All supplies, as well as lunch, will be provided. For more information, contact Ku‘ulei Lessary at (808) 235-7393 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first annual Kumu A‘o Festival is co-sponsored by Ke Kumu Pali, guiding Hawaiian studies at Windward Community College.
Tui‘one Pulotu, Carving the image of Kū