Mauna Lani Hawaii coconut frond
Mauna Lani Hawaii coconut frond

Cultural Workshops

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Hawaiian artisans and storytellers carry precious threads of knowledge passed down through generations. Our cultural workshops are a great place to learn all about traditional Hawaiian art and culture. Whether you learn to string a flower lei or play a song on the ‘ukulele, you'll connect with the people and practices that make this place so enthralling. These precious gift from the Islands, will be the ones you remember most.

kids learn to make leis

Lei Making

The lei is a tangible expression of aloha. Discover different methods of lei making and practice stringing (kui) flowers with our Living Culture Practitioner. Of all the souvenirs you can take home from the Islands, the one you make yourself to gift to others might be the sweetest.

  • Mon, Wed | 2:00 - 3:00pm
  • 1 hour | Complimentary | 15 participants max
  • Location: Hālau in the Lower Lobby
  • Ages: 10+ yrs old
A coconut frond hat and basket made in a Mauna Lani weaving workshop

Coconut Frond Weaving

For millennia Hawaiians have elevated coconut weaving to a fine art. Discover how to create attractive mats, baskets, and adornments by learning the art of palm weaving. The leaves of the cocos nucifera, or coconut palm, provide many invaluable resources for the Hawaiian community. Every part of the tree is used - The fruit provides food and water, the fibrous husk can be made into cordage, the base of the trunk can be made into drums, and the leaves can be woven into baskets or used to thatch roofs.

  • Fri | 9:30 - 10:30am
  • 1 hour | Complimentary | 15 participants max
  • Location: Hālau in the Lower Lobby
  • Ages: 10+ yrs old
Mauna Lani Hawaii Ukulele Lessons

Basic ‘Ukulele Lessons

When early Portuguese immigrants brought a small stringed instrument to Hawai‘i, the Hawaiians made it their own. Born out of cultural collaboration, the ‘ukulele is now one of the world’s most popular musical instruments—an instant antidote to the doldrums. During the lesson with Aunty Barni, you can easily learn ‘ukulele basics: chords, strumming, finger placement, and perhaps a tune.

  • Mon | 10:00 - 11:00am
  • 1 hour | Complimentary | 10 participants max
  • Location: Hālau in the Lower Lobby
  • Ages: 10+ yrs old
man throws a fishing net at Mauna Lani

Throw Net & Talk Story

Could you catch a fish like a Hawaiian? Try your hand at throwing net with Danny Akaka along the shoreline of Mauna Lani and the historic Ewa Parker Woods Cottage.

  • Tues, Fri | 2:00 - 5:00pm
  • 2.5 hours | Complimentary
  • Location: Eva Parker Woods Cottage
  • Ages: 10+ yrs old
Mauna Lani Hawaii Horn

Blow the Conch

The ceremonial Hawaiian practice of blowing the conch shell dates back to the ancient times and continues in many present day traditions. Learn how to blow the Pū or Hawaiian Conch shell and discover it's deep Hawaiian culture and significance.

  • Mon | 9:30 -10:00am
  • Tues, Thurs, Sat | 12:30 - 1:00pm
  • 30 min | Complimentary | 10 participants max
  • Location: Hālau in the Lower Lobby
  • Ages: 10+ yrs old

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