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Weaving history at Kimura Lauhala Shop

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The Hawaiian word for hat is papale (pah-pah-ley)
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Since 1914, Kimura Lauhala Shop has been providing island residents and visitors with items woven from the leaves of the hala (pandanus) tree. In the early days, farmers who needed baskets to bring in the harvest traded produce and coffee for woven goods. These days, you’ll step over the threshold of this historic shop and find it filled to the brim with hats, lauhala mats, tote bags, baskets, and other island-made crafts that give the shop a rich, earthy fragrance.

 

Kimura’s employs local weavers who perpetuate this old world craft; don’t be surprised if you find an aunty or two in the store, working on her current project. The collection of locally produced items is rounded out with some imports from the South Pacific.

 

In addition to plenty of woven products, the store located near the small town of Holualoa features wooden bowls and implements, holiday ornaments, and collectibles.

 

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

While you’re in the area, stop by Holuakoa Gardens and Café to grab a bite to eat.