Hawaiian Culture Series with Auntie Lynda Tu'a

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Hawaiian Culture Series with Auntie Lynda Tu'a
Time: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Facilitator: 
Aunty Lynda Tuʻa
Location: 
EMAX

About the Workshop

Hawaiian Culture Series presents a special kava ceremony with Aunty Linda Tu'a, directly following our regular Hula class. .

Kava, or awa, is a root that is ground up and added to water, filtered out and then shared as a beverage. Traditionally, is tastes like muddy water, "especially if you drink the last sip, and ya gotta drink that last sip" say Aunty Lynda.  It was good for meetings amongst the nobles, because you could relax and negotiate without declaring war on everybody all the time. As Lynda says, "it makes the men rough and the women soft".

About Aunty Linda Tu'a

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 kupuna (bones of the Elders) returned to Pu‘u Honua ‘O Honaunau from the Smithsonian Institute. She continues to teach the traditional ways and designs of the kupuna, enjoys being part of the holua culture and ulana makaloa revival, and uses and teaches la‘au lapa‘au (traditional herbal medicine). She especially finds fulfillment in honoring Wahi Pana (Sacred Places).