|Native Intelligence is a thoughtfully run retail store in Wailuku. |
The store sells traditional Hawaiian items and promotes Hawaiian culture. This store is a real treasure because you'll find items that are authentically Hawaiian and are well-made. They are not cheap tourist souvenirs. Native Intelligence also stocks an excellent assortment of Hawaiiana books.
These native Hawaiian plants are for sale in the store window.
I think Native Intelligence also has a good selection of books.
|Native Intelligence offers a variety of Hawaiian leis, flower or leaf garlands. This lei is made from twisted ti leaf and kauna'oa, a yellowish stringy plant that grows along some beaches.|
|Lauhala items made from the hala tree. |
Read here for an earlier post about the hala tree.
You can also buy coils of lauhala strips to weave yourself!
This is easier than gathering and preparing one's own.
|Ipu or Hawaiian gourds used in traditional Hawaiian music, |
including the music for hula.
Also, some large bowls - maybe of prized koa wood,
or monkeypod wood, which is more common.
|A closer view of intricate lauahala weaving, used to make these bags. |
The darker strips have been dyed.
|A kulolo stand by the entrance of Native Intelligence. Picture is a bit blurry. This photo was taken on First Friday in Wailuku, |
a town party held the first Friday of each month.
Kulolo is a Hawaiian sweet made with taro, sugar and coconut milk.
Some people refer to it as a pudding, but it's pretty solid.
It's not sold in many places on island.
Location: 1980 Main Street, #2, Wailuku
Hours: M-F 10-5 pm, Sat 10-4, closed Sundays
Website: Native Intelligence