Indeed, some of the state's finest lauhala weavers come from Holualoa, including the legendary Aunty Elizabeth Maluihi Lee. Named a Living Treasure by the Office of Hawaiian affairs in 1993, Aunty Elizabeth has been at the forefront of perpetuating this quintessential Polynesian art. Holualoa is also the site of Kimura Lauhala Shop, established in 1914 and originally a place where weavers could trade their products for staple items. Today, the little shop at the junction still features the work of Kona-based weavers — everything from hats and purses to fans, boxes and bracelets — as well as the work of third-generation shop owner, Renee Kimura, an accomplished weaver.
|Aunty Elizabeth Lee of Holualoa|
The abundance of hala trees in Kona made it a hotbed for lauhala weaving. As in year's past, Kona continues to be the state's prime destination for lauhala weavers. Weavers from throughout the state attend the annual weaving conference in Kona founded by Aunty Elizabeth Lee. There are also several Kona weaving clubs that teach the craft.
When staying at Holualoa Inn, be sure to visit Kimura Lauhala Shop, located just minutes from the Inn. Plan your romantic Hawaii vacation at our Kona bed and breakfast and let us assist you in arranging your island activities.
Innkeeper Holualoa Inn