Native Books/Na Mea Hawai’i is a resource for all things local, and all things Hawaiian. Books, food, cards, clothing, jewelry, cultural products are along side studio and community space, as well as a tea room, movies, book launches and special events gatherings. Be sure to call Na Mea Hawai’i to find out what’s going on daily. We have regular classes in hala weaving, feather lei making, Hawaiian language, hula, painting, jewelry making, hula implements, stone and bone carving, kappa making and a variety of other Hawaiian customary practices. We are a gathering place for things Hawaiian.
*NA MELE NEI CONCERT - 1st Sundays
Na Mele Nei First Sunday Concerts, sponsored by Na Mea Hawai’i, featuring Gordon Freitas & Local folks with special guests each month. Grab a plate lunch of Korean, Japanese, Chinese or local favorites at the Ward food court and enjoy the music. Free concert at the Ward Warehouse amphitheater, every 1st Sunday of the month from 1pm to 3pm.
Every Third Sunday of the month - Hawaiian Practitioners
Stop by the entrance of Native Books and meet our talented group of artisans working on their latest projects - just watch or better yet, JOIN IN! Solomon Apio shares stone and wood carving while Ka’iulani deSilva and Aunty Verna Takashima demonstrate tapa making. 12pm - 4pm
ON-GOING WORKSHOPS in our AUPUNI ART PLACE
Mondays & Fridays - Lau Hala Weaving
9am - 2pm
Ongoing weaving sessions offer lau hala weaving and fellowship. There is no charge to weave -- bring your projects, questions and ulana! For more information and registration, please call Gwen at 228-3261.
Mondays – Lei Hulu (Feather) Workshops
5:30pm – 9pm
Students learn the traditional craft of Hawaiian featherwork through projects such as lei hulu (feather lei), kahili (feather standard) and other hulu items. Classes are $50 per month or $25 per lesson. Supplies and feathers are provided for an additional fee. For information and registration, call Kuahiwi at 537-3778.
Saturdays - Beginning Adult ‘Ukulele Classes
9:30am to 10:30am
You gotta start "strumwhere". Have fun learning how to play the 'ukulele with Aunty Puanani Higgins. Please bring your own 'ukulele. Free. For more info, call 596-8885.
Saturdays - Watercolors Class
Susan Cardenas shares basic watercolor techniques in this 6-week course. To register: E mail email@example.com
GUEST ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS
Meet the artist and gain a hands-on experience with featured demonstrations at our Ward location. Please call to confirm artist scheduling at Ward (596-8885).
For further information on these and other Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i events please call us at 596-8885.
Free Hula Classes
Ward Warehouse amphitheater stage
Tuesdays, 10am to 12pm
Learn from hula instructor, Kuali’i 10am, Kahiko (anciet art of hula) and at 11am, Auwana (modern art of hula).
Free Hawaiian Language Classes
Inside Native Books/Na Mea Hawai’i
Thursdays, 10am to 10:45am
Free beginning Hawaiian language and pronunciation classes by Hawaiian language teacher, Kuali’i.
LOMILOMI MASSAGE BY PRACTIONER BERT MACDONALD
DAILY (Except Thursday and Sunday)
11 AM – 3 PM
Reservations Not Required