In 1991 when I first met Kanaka Maoli Williama
Waiohu near the ocean in Lahaina, Maui, he was carving a hard rock with
a small, fine file. I asked him if he used power tools to save time.
replied, “The longer it takes, the more Aloha (Love) you can put into
In the many years since then I have endeavored
to continue this philosophy in my work and throughout my life.
Weaving coconut leaves has become a joyful ecological profession, a
meditation, a discipline, a lifestyle, a connection to nature and
Polynesian culture, a performance art and heart connection to the
people I meet while learning, working with and teaching this craft.
Mahalo nui loa to Williama and all of my teachers since,
especially to La'au Lapa'au Niu (the Coconut leaf ).
Mahalo nui loa to all of my students for what I have
learned from them and for continuing to weave and pass on the 'ike la'u
Mahalo nui loa to everyone who has supported me over the
years by purchasing my work,
I hope that you all enjoy these photographs of my work and
I look forward to seeing you here at the Nahiku Marketplace, mile
marker 29 on the Hana Highway in Maui.
If you would like to purchase a bowl, hat or any other coconut weaving, contact me at terry(at)terrymaui.com Mahalo for your support
My display table at the Nahiku Marketplace
My cat of many names relaxing in his new basket
The person who receives it must give the giver a
I say that to the people who are on their honeymoon or anniversary, (they get one free)
I have made hundreds of people kiss over the years.
The puzzle and its next successor, the fingertrap
The little man, the next development
Molokai mouse, taught to me in Kaunakakai by Sam Goodhew
Dry platter, hats and bowls, showing the variation in color of dry leaf
The baseball hat, this one made from leaf of a tree killed by lightning
Kona style hat and backweave bowl also made from "lightning leaf"
Small green single and dry double hanging baskets/fruitpickers
Neckties/swatters, six leaf versions of the Tahitian fan weave
The cockroach, the most fun thing I make. (Put on the sidewalk and
watch what happens)
Fingertrap paddleboarder fending off an attack by a herd of mice!
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