Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Caroline and the Weavers

Photo: Lauhala weaver, Oil painting by Kauai artist Franny Bilodeau, Kauai Society of Artists.

Sounds like a country western band, but it's actually the name of a group of lauhala weavers who will demonstrate the traditional Hawaiian craft of weaving lauhala (leaves of the hala or pandanus tree) at the Hawaii State Art Museum (HISAM) on Saturday, December 8th. It's part of Second Saturday, when HISAM's galleries are open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., with activities from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This Saturday, Caroline and the Weavers will show you how to create lauhala Christmas ornaments to place on your tree or give as a gift.

HISAM is located at the No. 1 Capitol District building, formerly known as the Hemmeter Building. It's located directly across Richards Street from the State Capitol. The artwork in the museum is part of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts collection, purchased through the 1% set aside of state funds for all capital improvement projects. Most of the art work at the museum was created by Hawaii artists. All the activities are free, and it's part of an effort to bring Hawaii's families to the capitol district and closer to the Arts.

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