Sunday, January 02, 2011


Hawai`iʻs cultural arts have been handed down orally for centuries.

Marie McDonald is one of those living repositories of knowledge – a master lei and tapa maker, who shares this unique knowledge by teaching the very same way she was taught – by watching and doing.

She and her daughter were both instructors at a special “by invitation only” private workshop on Hawai`i Island and that’s where we caught up with them.

They told us of a timeless process, thousands of years old, the same exact one used and handed down today to create two of Hawai`i most famous treasures.

To say we were fascinated by what Marie shared with us is an understatement. We think you will be too in a brand new segment all this week on Hawai`i’s award winning
Voices Of Truth – One-On-One With Hawai`i’s Future.

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“Teaching Our Cultural Arts – A Visit With Marie McDonald”

Throughout history, Hawaiian cultural arts have only been passed down orally to select students. And it’s no different today at HOEA - the Hawaiian `Ohana For Education In The Arts. Marie McDonald, a master lei and tapa maker, shares with us the ancient process by which students are trained and tapa is made. Joined by her daughter in this rare and unique interview, they reveal how this centuries-old art has not only survived, but manages to thrive – Watch It Here

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