Evolution of a Weaver

It's been four years since I started weaving, and in May this year I was named Kumu Ulana Lauhala. Looking back, I'm amazed at how I've grown as a person and as a weaver ! Join me on a visual journey through weaving milestones -- from my first bracelet to latest pāpale.

May 2017: Bracelets

Conference: Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona

Kumu: Iliahi Anthony

For any beginner, the first place to start is with bracelets. This is the most fundamental project and introduces students to the basics of weaving. I learned this at my very first conference. Pictured are the first Lauhala things I've ever woven !

~Continued bracelet practice

Over time, I continued to practice my bracelet skills, eventually designing my own patterns and using finer koe (strips).

October 2017: Basic Basket & Bricks

Conference: ʻAha Pūhala O Puna

Kumu: Iliahi Anthony

At my second conference, I learned how to make basic moena (mats), 'eke (baskets), and lauhala-covered bricks to use as doorstops and paper weights.

2017: Nihoniho Mat