• 20th January 2017 - By Rick

    We’ve been learning how to build a traditional thatched hale at Ala Kukui, Hana’s Cultural Retreat Center, under the expert mentorship of Uncle Francis Sinenci, Hawaiʻi’s leading hale builder. Our kids learned different traditional lashing techniques and finished the interior scaffolding, then began building the frame of the hale itself. To find the right poles for framing, we went on many trips into the forest to identify and harvest the best trees, hand-processing them for longevity in this indigenous construction style. For the thatching, we went to the dryer side of the island where the best type of loulu palm for hale thatching grows. We strung the fronds for weeks to dry them, then learned traditional roof thatching, including several weekend laulima sessions with hale builders from around the state.

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