MO‘OLELO: Hala, the indigenous pandanus. Builders wove its leafy branches into roof thatching. Weavers fold- ed the tough and pliant lau (leaves) into mats, hats, sandals, and baskets. Kapa makers dipped the bristly ends of dried hala fruits into dye, using them to paint and stamp patterns into their bark cloth. Female hala trees bear large, round fruits clusters of fruitlets. When ripe, they turn vivid orange, yellow, and red. Lei makers string them together to create striking adornments. Male trees sport prominent spikes called hinano. While maka‘āinana slept on ordinary lauhala mats and blankets, ali‘i rested upon pillows and mattresses woven from the creamy white bracts that surround the hinano. Soft, supple, and in comparatively short supply, these luxurious linens must have made an inviting bed. A pala ka hala, ‘ula ka ‘a‘I; When the hala is ripe, necks are red.
72X30 IN | 76.2X182.9 CM