December Hale Building Workshop

Uncle Waltah and our haumana crew were very busy preparing for the Dec. 17th workshop, gathering pohaku and choosing the ‘ohia for the rafters (o’a), wall plates (lohelau), ridge poles (kauhuhu & kaupaku’iole), diagonal and horizontal braces (holo & kalapau). The mauka wall was nearly completed, leaving the capping for the workshop.

We began the workday with a pule and welcoming circle with over two dozen volunteers attending the workshop and learning basic rock-setting techniques and laulima, as they capped the rear wall and moved pohaku from hand to hand. Work continued into the afternoon, after a delicious lunch, with everyone listening to Uncle Waltah explain the next steps in the hale building process.

Since the workshop, the haumana crew has begun lashing the olokea which will support them and the four center pou while the roof (kaupaku) is lashed and thatched into place. Once the center pou are in place, we will also set the remaining walls and the foundation will be complete.

We would like wish everyone a Hau’oli Makahiki Hou 2017 and extend our warmest mahalo to all the workshop volunteers, to Uncle Waltah, Billy, Tom, Iwikao and our haumana- Paul, Randal, Lot and James, to Jeffrey Anderson of Hardwoods Hawai’i for his incredibly generous donation of ‘ohia, and to Jeff Reiner for all the pohaku. Our next workshop is scheduled for Saturday, January 28th. A hui hou!