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PRESS RELEASE for 2009 Ipu Cultural Festival

MaryElizabeth Amos <meamos@gmail.com>

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 4:37 PM

See: http://www.hawaiigourdsociety.com/pdf/2009_IPU_Poster.pdf


The Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort and Hawaii Gourd Society present the third annual Ipu Cultural Festival on January 16, 17, and 18 inside Kahaluu III and IV Ballrooms at the resort on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is free to the public.

There will be kapa makers, lau hala and coconut weavers, fish net makers, and many other cultural practitioners demonstrating and selling their art.

"The Festival will celebrate the diverse culture surrounding the ipu, or gourd. Ipu art, basket weaving on ipu, cordage and olona demonstrations, guest Kumu demonstrations and workshops, music, food, ipu instrument classes (ipu heke, ipu ole', uli uli), Hawaiian arts and craft vendors, a silent auction, storytelling, and demonstrations will all be included,"  said organizers.

Classes in Hawaiian ipu decorating, koko (knotted ipu carrier), along with a variety of mainland gourd decorating techniques will be offered each day for a fee per workshop. At 2 p.m. on Saturday the 17th, Hawaii's only artist to be a part of four Grammy Award winning albums, Keoki Kahumoku will perform on the lawn near the ballrooms where the classes are held and the artists and crafters will be selling and demonstrating.

Ipu Lani , Inc. a registered 501 (c) 3 organization is the parent non-profit for the Hawaii Gourd Society, which was established in 2006 to revitalize the Ipu culture in the State of Hawaii. The organizations educate the public through this festival and other learning opportunities by exploring the wide variety of uses, both functional as well as artistic from a modern and historical perspective.

The groups also support propagation of the ipu in Hawaii encouraging different farms to grow, cultivate and propagate the ipu. "We strive to bring back to life the joy of working with the ipu and the beauty of the final ipu art," said founding member Mary Amos. "We search for proper growing spots and make every effort to begin cultivation. By grants and donations we plan to farm ipu throughout the islands," she said.

The 2009 Ipu Cultural Festival is sponsored in part by a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority through the County of Hawaii Department of Research & Development as well as with support from the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort.

Visit www.hawaiigourdsociety.com for class details and schedule of events


email outtayourgourd@gmail.com for more information.


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