UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII FOUNDATION – Hawaiinuiakea Silent Auction
Auction Ends: Dec 1, 2021 11:59 PM HST


Papale Lauhala Pawehe and Hanapepe, Kauai Salt

Item Number
Estimated Value
$500 USD to an9d03fed

The winning bid will go to FrontStream Global Fund (tax ID 26-3265577), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which will send the donation to UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII FOUNDATION (tax ID 990085260) on behalf of the winner.

Number of Bids
3  -  Bid History

Item Description

Dimensions of papale- 
22inch band circumference
2.5inch height of band
2inch width of brim

Design- pawehe

This papale lauhala (pandanus hat) piko ole (crownless) is a Hawaiian style open crown hat woven (actually plaited) of carefully prepared and stripped lauhala, or leaves of the pandanus tree, a natural fiber. It was woven on the island of Kauai by Malia Nobrega-Olivera as a part of a community weaving group on Zoom led by Kumu Maile Andrade.  It is a piko ole hat with a pawehe design woven into the band of the hat. Malia began weaving alongside her mother as they attended the Kona Lauhala weaving conference together. She was also a student of Kumu Maile's first Hana Noeau Maawe class and has always enjoyed weaving. Malia is thankful for the opportunity she has to continue learning from Maile and is now a part of a weaving community here on the island of Kauai. 

Maile Andrade is a faculty member at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and one of the classes she teaches is HWST 322 - Advanced Hawaiian Fiber Arts Studio-Hana Noeau Maawe.  In HWST 322 the students examine the customary and contemporary use of fiber materials and the skills used in Hawaiian culture. Research and explore advanced techniques within the media used in traditional Hawaii.  This class is a part of the Halau o Laka: Native Hawaiian Creative Expression concentration track.

For more info about Hawaiian Studies courses visit the Kamakakuokalani website.

Malia is also a salt maker in Hanapepe, Kauai and a proud member of the Hui Hana Paakai o Hanapepe. On behalf of her ohana and the Hui she is donating a jar of this priceless Hanapepe salt. The paakai (salt) is cultivated in the last place in all of Hawaii that continues to make salt in this manner.

Item Special Note

The string that is woven into the base of the crown, is used for tightening or loosening the fit. This string is the backbone of the papale and it should never be removed.

To clean the papale, wipe with a clean damp cloth and let papale air dry completely before storing.

If papale gets very wet, i.e., it happens to rain, don't panic. Let it air dry completely before storing.

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