Hawaiian Hale

Randy Gentry

Makawao, United States

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Traditional Hawaiian Hale (House). Constructed by Kapuna (Teacher in ancient Hawaiian Arts) and students using only ancient pre-contact methods, tools and materials.This included bamboo scaffolds for safety, The logs and thatch leaves were of a specific type and as many as 13,000 leaves were used th thatch the roof on each Hale. The pond in front was also constructed by students and gets a constant flow of fresh water from Iao Stream. Planted in the pond is a traditional Micronesian/Polynesian food staple. The plant is “Kalo” (Taro) from which “Poi” is manufactured. These dwellings were designed for the weather that would be experienced in Hawaii. There was protection from frequent heavy rain and open walls so that a cooling tradewind would pass through to bring relief for the occupants from the heat and high humidity.

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