Woven together: 23rd Annual Lauhala Weaving conference perpetuates, shares cultures

  • Participants gather for the 23rd Annual Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona Conference Wednesday at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kumiko Misago from Japan weaves a hat at the 23rd annual Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona Conference.

  • Chelsey Dickson, left, learns to weave a basket under the direction of Kumu Alice Kawamoto at the 23rd Annual Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona Conference Wednesday at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Students learn bracelet weaving at the 23rd Annual Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona Conference Wednesday at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Sydney Chin, left, gets pointers from Kumu Hulali Jewell at the 23rd annual Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona Conference Wednesday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kumu Wesley Sen teaches a weaving technique to Joshua Mason at the 23rd annual Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona Conference Wednesday.

  • A student weaves a hat at the 23rd Annual Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona Conference Wednesday at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — The late Aunty Elizabeth “Maluihi” Lee, founder of Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona, had one mission, to “perpetuate, preserve and ensure the growth of traditional art of Lauhala Weaving.”