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

Unique Experiences

Papale Niu (Coconut Hat) Weaving Workshop with Eugene Onio Punzal

Item Number
Estimated Value
$145 USD to ohelo

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

This is a 2.5 hour hands-on in person workshop for up to 4 individuals to make their own Papale Niu (Coconut Hat). This class can be held on Oahu or Kauai, but will need at least a month planning for an Oahu class. Besides instructions, the students will also learn about the Coconut Tree and its many different byproducts. All supplies and tools to make this coconut hat will be provided. 

Students need to be 12 years old and above.

About the instructor:
Born and raised on Kauai, Eugene Onio Punzal has been teaching coconut weaving classes for over 25 years. After his retirement in 2013, as a Manager of Japan Affairs/Concierge for PAHIO/Wyndham Resorts, Uncle Onio volunteered at the Kauai Museum, and became their Cultural Weaving Practitioner, holding classes in coconut, lauhala and Ti Leaf, as perpetuation of cultural weaving. As part of an outreach Cultural Program through the Kauai Museum, Uncle Onio provides free 45 minute coconut weaving demonstrations to any school or organization on Kauai.

Hawaiinuiakea is thankful for the opportunity to collaborate and feature weaving practitioners like Uncle Onio who is a member of Kumu Maile Andrade's Hui Ulana Lauhala Kauai.


Item Special Note

Offer valid until 12/1/2022. Winning bidder will schedule workshop directly with the practitioner and contact info will be shared once the transaction is complete. For the safety of all involved the winner must be vaccinated and wear a mask during the workshop.

Donated By:

Eugene Onio Punzal

Eugene Onio Punzal