On January 30, we launched our first virtual Culture to Canvas event with women from across the Hawaiian archipelago of main islands, including Hawai`i, Maui, Moloka`i, O`ahu and Kaua`i. We also had women from the states of Utah, Oregon and Nevada join us as well. This was a perfect opportunity to feature a very special "chant and paint" session inspired by the mo`olelo or epic saga of the goddess, Hi`iakaikapoliopele. C2C Art & Paint Kits were assembled and shipped out to participants who gathered in a private Zoom room for an afternoon of creative art & culture fun! Mahalo nui to the `Aha Wahine Kuhinapapa, the Hawai`i Peoples Fun and `Aha Kane for the opportunity to collaborate and present this special Culture to Canvas event!
Through our inaugural experience, we discovered that the Wahinepo`aimoku curriculum included vast and valuable content that we did not want to compromise to one short sitting. As such, we've expanded the program to a 2-part offering. Part I will focus on the mo`olelo and storyline, and to give concentrated time to the teaching and learning of the featured Pule Ho`ola, one of Hi`iaka's chants for healing. Part II on March 28 will begin with the group chanting of the mele, and the painting of Wahinepo`aimoku.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN to reserve your spot! Both days will beheld LIVE via Zoom on Saturday, March 26 & 28. (Scroll down for the link and details) For those unable to join the live sessions, you will be provided with a link to access the recorded webinair presentations at your leisure for 30 days.
Stay tuned for the upcoming course, "Mele Pana" on Hawaiian chants and Kaua`i's Storied Places. New dates have been confirmed Kupu Ola 2021 and Module I of the Mo`olelo of Hi`iakaikapoliopele.
Join us for specially designed Hawaiian cultural programs and unique learning experiences! Scroll through our pages for details and information on how you can register to take part!
Friday, March 26 - 6p to 7:30p
Sunday, March 28 - 12pm to 3:00p
A Hawaiian Chant & Paint Webinar
Honoring the Goddess, Hi`iakaikapoliopele
This is not your ordinary "paint party"! Join us as we take a closer look at the heroine and akua wahine, Hi`iakaikapoliopele, the youngest and favorite sister of the fire goddess, Pelehonuamea. At the forefront of this epic saga, is the task given to Hi`iaka to travel to Kaua`i to fetch Lohi`au, the Hā`ena chief, and dream lover of Pele. Sadly, when Hi`iaka arrives, she discovers that Lohi`au has taken his life out of grief and heartache for Pele. Kaua`i provides the riveting setting for Hi`iaka to take on her greatest challenge to restore Lohi`au back to life!
Participants will be guided in this 2-part webinar by our resident Kumu Hula and Artist, Kehaulani Kekua. to paint a scene from the mo`olelo. Our creative journey will explore the traditions of ha`i mo`olelo or storytelling, as well as, poetic nuances that will come from learning the art of Oli, or chant.
Registration includes all materials, supplies, printed handouts with words and translations. LIVE instruction will take place via Zoom. Sign up now to save your spot! The first offering of this event was for a private group in January which filled quickly! We are so happy to offer this opportunity to the general public this time around! Deadline to register: March 18.
Let us help you FUNDRAISE for your cause or organization! Contact us for details at (808) 346-7575 or by emailing to
Culture to Canvas offers an array of fun and inspiring art and paint events! From keiki to adults, we teach step-by-step Paint Parties, no experience necessary. Private parties and events can be held for a minimum of 6 people and up. Due to Covid19, in-Studio events are currently limited with CDC, as well as, local County of Kaua`i requirements. However! We now offer VIRTUAL ART & PAINT PARTIES that you can host and enjoy with family, friends and co-workers from multiple locations near and far!
C2C ART & PAINT KITS are available for local pick up at Studio HA`A in Kapa`a, Kaua`i. We also offer shipping nationwide as well. Click tabs above for details and information!
Hawaiian Culture Courses & Subscription Programs
A Creative Makers Arts Subscription Experience!
We're super excited to announce the launching of our first Culture to Canvas monthly subscription box! Message, call or email us to be put on to our waitlist now!
Join us as a founding member to secure one of our very first limited edition No`eau subscription boxes. All new members will receive a welcome gift of curated amenities in addition to your subscription box.
Each box will feature a themed painting and art project that is guided by stories, places and more that highlight extraordinary themes of Hawai`i. Step-by-step instructions, printed materials to guide your creative makers experience, and an invitation to a private Facebook LIVE event. If you are unable to join the live, you will still have 24/7 access to a recorded video tutorial to complete your project at your leisure! Every month brings new surprises and experiences!
Email to register for the No`eau Creative Makers Arts Subscription Box.
GET ON OUR WAITING LIST NOW!
KUPU OLA 2021 - MODULE I:
A fascinating learning experience of ancient Hawaiian cultural practices and protocols. Utilizing Ho`omahiehie's Epic Tale of Hi`iakaikapoliopele in both Hawaiian and English texts, learners will embark on this 8-week Journey with the Goddess through a study of mele (chants) and mo`olelo (stories). Registration deadline is February 22. This is a year-long study journey, held in 8-week modules held each quarter. This is the first of 4 modules.
KEIKI MEMBERSHIP for 12yrs & Under
$25 monthly membership includes anyone in your household who wants to join in too! Membership includes:
New painting each month
Access to lessons for the duration of your membership with 24/7 access
Supply List (Does not include materials)
15% discount for additional paint events
`OPIO MEMBERSHIP 13 to 17yrs
ADULT MEMBERSHIP 18yrs to 59yrs
KUPUNA MEMBERSHIP 60yrs & up
All memberships includes all that is listed above, as well as, anyone in your household who wants to join in too! These are all virtual program offerings with access to 24/7 access to video recorded lessons.
Inspire Your Friends & Family with Gifts of Art!!!
We have a limited selection of Culture to Canvas Art Kits that make perfect gifts! Holidays, birthdays, girls or boys night out, family celebrations, baby and bridal showers, and more, just add water to your rinse cup and start painting away! Kits include a pre-sketched, stretched canvas on frame, paint brushes, napkins, rinse cup, acrylic paints and a post card photo and basic pointers to guide you. These are perfect for virtual celebrations too!
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Your donation and contribution is greatly appreciated to assist us in providing scholarship support to keiki, `ohana and kupuna in need. Please contact us at if you would like to sponsor any of our programs. Mahalo nui for your aloha and support!
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4558 Kukui Street Kapa`a, Kaua`i, HI 96746
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