ʻŌiwi were keen observers of the natural world. One of the many hana noʻeau practices that was both continued and adapted in the islands was the making of kaula (cordage). Kaula was a foundational part of many of the tools and operations of daily life. Used to lash waʻa (canoes), holding the timber frame of a hale, woven to create ʻupena (fishnet), even the foundation of creating ʻahuʻula (feather capes) worn by aliʻi for centuries. Cords have always connected generations, from one’s piko physically linking one generation to the next, to the actual practice of the art form. Today cords are linking more distant generations. The making of cordage, so valued a skill in past centuries, is one of the many traditional practices that have found eager current-day haumāna.
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