Hours of Operation
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The Center is located on the ocean side of The Club Shop.
Reservations & Schedules
Weekly schedules are available at the Concierge or Cultural Center. Please call to make reservations (808) 325-8520 (in-house, dial 47) and to reconfirm complimentary programs.
Activities and Programs
All the programs at the Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center are complimentary.
Cowry Shell Bracelet †
Create a bracelet using raffia and a cowry shell as a center piece. Age 12 to adults. Limit 4 guests.
Feather Art * †
Feathers were used to decorate the cloaks and helmets for the Ali‘i (chief). This hands-on activity teaches an intricate Hawaiian art, helping you create a flower from colored feathers. Ages 4 and up.
Hawaiian Language Classes
Come and join our mea ho‘okipa (host) and learn the Hawaiian alphabet and pronunciation of some common words and phrases. Ages 7 and up.
Hear stories of mythical Gods and Goddess’ of Hawai‘i which have been passed down through the generations. Learn how these legends have shaped Hawaiian culture. All ages.
Hawaiian Quilting (Humu Papa Kuiki) †
We have the tools to help you complete a Hawaiian pattern quilted appliqué pot holder… in the Hawaiian style. We’ll also share the history of the evolution and development of Hawaiian quilting. Ages 12 and up.
Express yourself with modern hula moves accompanied by songs, ‘ukulele and other instruments. Ages 7 and up.
Keiki Lei Making * †
We’ll show you how to string a flower lei. Share it with a loved one as a gesture of “aloha,” customary to the Hawaiian way. Ages 4 and up.
Kupuna Program *
Join our kupuna (elders) as they demonstrate the arts and crafts of Hawai‘i. From feather lei making to ‘ukulele playing, you will be touched by their knowledge and the stories they share. All ages.
La‘au (Canoe Plants and Hawaiian Legends)
Whether these plants are native, introduced or indigenous learn how each were used and the purpose each played which help sustain the Hawaiian communities. All ages.
Lauhala Weaving †
Our mea ho‘okipa (host) will show you how to weave a bracelet from the leaves of the Hala tree (Pandanus) to take home and show to your family and friends. Ages 12 and up.
‘Ohe Kāpala (Stamping) †
Learn about this traditional bamboo stamping technique at the Cultural Center. Make a bookmark for yourself or to give as a souvenir gift. All ages.
Oli (Hawaiian Chant)
A Hawaiian chant is a poetic phrase that can welcome someone or share a story. Learn how and why this melodic sound was part of Hawaiian protocol. All ages.
Oral History of Ka‘ūpūlehu *
Join us and learn about this ahupua‘a (land division) of Ka‘ūpūlehu. You will learn how the Hawaiians sustained life using only marine life from the ocean and fruits and vegetation from this region. All ages.
Shell Crafts *
Join the mea ho‘okipa (host) at the Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center and enjoy the art of shell crafting a bracelet or anklet. All ages.
Learn how the crew members of Hokule‘a, the first double-hulled canoe sailed over the Pacific Ocean to Tahiti, navigating by the stars. Hear from our Cultural Specialist the art of ocean voyaging without instruments, using only the natural elements. All ages.
Ti Leaf Lei Making †
Ti leaf leis are made in the wili style or braiding technique. To give a Hawaiian ti leaf lei to someone is to wish them good luck. Ages 7 and up.
‘Ukulele Lessons †
Learn simple ‘ukulele chords and play a Hawaiian tune – from the 1950’s to present day. Ages 12 and up.
Voyages of the Hawaiians
How did the Hawaiian community build their nation here in Hawai‘i. Where did they come from? Learn about how they traveled here to make Hawai‘i their home. All ages.
* All children under 7 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
† Reservations required.
Next 20 Years
Hualālai Resort reached a new milestone on September 2016: 20 years of excellence as one of the world’s most acclaimed luxury residential resorts. We look forward to another 20 years of excellence by providing impeccable service with the spirit of aloha.