Hawaiian Culture Series - Awa Ceremony

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Hawaiian Culture Series
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Lynda Saffery Tu‘a

Hawaiian Culture Series
Kava, or awa, is a root that is ground up and added to water, filtered out and then shared as a beverage. The taste has an earthy flavor to it, and the effects have a calming quality. Traditionally, awa was good for meetings amongst the nobles, allowing them to relax and negotiate without declaring war. As Lynda says, "it makes the men rough and the women soft".

About the Speaker
Lynda Saffery Tu‘a received her formal training from a 1988 State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Apprentice Grant for Ulana Lauhala, a 1989 State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Masters Grant for Ulana Lauhala and a 2002 sabbatical to Tonga to study weaving and kapa making and design. She has been a Featured Artist in 1997 State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Publication “Traditions We Share.” She has also been honored to make ka’ai (burial baskets) for iwi kūpuna (bones of the Elders) returned to Pu‘uhonua ‘O Hona'una'u from the Smithsonian Institute. She continues to teach the traditional ways and designs of the kūpuna, enjoys being part of the hōlua culture and ulana makaloa revival, and uses and teaches lā‘au lapa‘au (traditional herbal medicine). She especially finds fulfillment in honoring Wahi Pana (Sacred Places). 

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