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MN-245997-OMS-20

Papahana Kuaola
Fiscal Year: 
2020
Award: 
$99,953.00
City: 
Kaneohe
State: 
HI
Recipient Type: 
Museum
Program: 
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services

Papahana Kuaola will launch the E Kani Hou (To Resonate Once Again) project to increase knowledge and understanding of Hawaiian traditions and practices related to the ukeke. The ukeke, the Hawaiian musical bow, is the only indigenous Hawaiian stringed instrument, and only a small number of cultural practitioners are familiar with its use and history. The project team will organize classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and community workshops with cultural practitioners for 300 students and 200 community members in low income and underserved communities. A guide to support educators in teaching the art of ukeke will include units on ukeke history and use by the community's ancestors; woods and other natural resources and where they can be found; and designs and instructions for making and stringing, strumming, and compositions.