Dancers perform the hula at the Na Lima Hana Festival // (c) 2010 Na Lima Hana Festival
The Na Lima Hana (many hands working) Festival, which celebrates Hawaiian cultural traditions and health and wellness practices, takes place at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa from Oct. 26-29, 2011.
This year's theme, "kumu honua," means learning by going back to the source.
During the four-day event, cultural and health practitioners offer activities, demonstrations, entertainment and learning experiences while explaining how they acquired a particular cultural skill, craft, practice or tradition.
Visitors can learn about lei-making, weaving with endemic plants, salt-making, drum-making, lomi lomi massage, lauhala weaving, kapa (tapa) making, carving, ancient chants, hula kahiko and the uses of kalo (taro). They can also enjoy Hawaiian food and entertainment.
As part of the Na Lima Hana Festival, a grant-writing workshop will take place from Oct. 26-28, with a Hawaiian cultural conference on Oct. 28.
Many events are free.