Hawaiian Culture Series

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Featured
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Hawaiian Culture Series - Awa Ceremony
Time: 
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Facilitator: 
Lynda Saffery Tu'a
Location: 
EMAX

Hawaiian Culture Series

Take part in a traditional Awa Ceremony...Awa, or Kava, is a root that is ground up and added to water, filtered out and then shared as a beverage. Traditionally, awa was used in meetings amongst the nobles. The beverage helped them to maintain a state of relaxation during negotiations in order to prevent war. Lynda says, "it makes the men rough and the women soft."
About the Speaker
Lynda Saffery Tu‘a received her formal training from a 1988 State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Apprentice Grant for Ulana Lauhala, a 1989 State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Masters Grant for Ulana Lauhala and a 2002 sabbatical to Tonga to study weaving and kapa making and design. She has been a Featured Artist in 1997 State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Publication “Traditions We Share.” She has also been honored to make ka’ai (burial baskets) for iwi kūpuna (bones of the Elders) returned to Pu‘uhonua ‘O Hona'una'u from the Smithsonian Institute. She continues to teach the traditional ways and designs of the kūpuna, enjoys being part of the hōlua culture and ulana makaloa revival, and uses and teaches lā‘au lapa‘au (traditional herbal medicine). She especially finds fulfillment in honoring Wahi Pana (Sacred Places). 

Admission: Donations Appreciated.