Three chrysanthemums and one branch of bamboo.

Japanese Flower Arranging - Ikebana Sogetsu

The art of Japanese flower arranging functions as a path for the creative spirit. A gift of Ikebana is to look at flowers from a perspective that provides tranquility and peace of mind from within. Use your aesthetic awareness to assemble materials, choosing their most beautiful aspects, assemble them in a different order, and endow them with a value transcending that which they had in nature. Students are required to provide their own supplies.

Instructor: Karen Kirk
Location: Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 115
Cost:  $80

Class meets: Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
9/17 - 10/22 6 mtgs.
10/29 - 12/17          6 mtgs.  (no class: 11/12, 11/19)

Class meets: Saturday, 9:30 – 11:30 am
9/14 - 10/19 6 mtgs.
10/26 - 12/14 6 mtgs.  (no class: 11/16, 11/23)
Four different bone carved necklaces

Implements made by WCC Hawaiian Studies Kālai students and staff at Hale 'Iolani

Kama`ilio Kalai (conversing about carving)

Come learn about carving in Hawaiian language. This is a class for starting carving work in wood, stone, bone and some cordage work. New students, we will help you with wood species identification of native and introduced plants and guide instruction based on the interests of the class, be it fishhooks, food preparation implements, and other Hawaiian carving disciplines. If you have experience in Hawaiian implement carving, open work stations can be used!

We provide safety gear, work tools, and carving materials, and a locker for your belongings. Bring boots or closed-toe shoes and a lock (combination or keyed). 

Kamailio Kalai
E ao mai ma ka Olelo Hawaii i na mea kalai, e na hoa olelo Hawaii ! He papa no ka hoomaka ana o ka ike hana kalai i ka laau, ka pohaku, ka iwi , a me ka hana kaula kekahi. E na haumana hou : e kokua makou ia oe me ka hana hooia o na ano kumu laau ( maoli a me malihini ) a e mohala ka papa i ke kumumanao o ka makemake o na haumana - na makau iwi, ka mea hoomakaukau mea ai, a me kekahi mea e ae o ka ike kalai Hawaii. Ina he ike kau i ka hana kalai, e hiki ke hana kaawale ma kekahi papa hana! Hoolako makou i na mea hana, na mea palekana kino, na mea e kalai ia ana, a me na pahu ki no ko oukou mau mea. E lawe mai i ke kamaa puki ai ole i ke kamaa ihu paa, a me he laka ( hoonee ai ole ki ) ke oluolu.

  • Willingness to learn in Hawaiian
Instructor: Eddie Fuentes
Location: Hale Iolani 116
Cost: TBD

Class meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
ART7029    TBD    16 mtgs.

For more information please contact Eddie Fuentes, or (808) 203-4419.
Three bone carved necklaces

Kalai Iwi, Bone Carving - Intermediate

Students will learn to carve bone based on their experience.  Students will get access to a fully stocked studio and advanced instruction and mentoring.  New students can start with a basic Hawaiian fishhook design, progressing to pendant or figure pieces.  Advanced students can work design concepts from planning to finish.  Students will learn to safely use both hand and mechanical tools in their bone carving methods.  Advanced students can also use this as a studio class.

  • Students must wear close-toed shoes
ART7014 TBD 8 mtgs.

For more information please contact the program coordinator.
Kalawaia Moore  ph. (808) 235-7388
If you would like to be notified when a new art course will be offered please fill out the contact form below.
Karen Kirk, caucasian woman with white hair wearing glasses.
Karen Kirk  earned the highest teaching rank in Sogetsu Ikebana, Riji, in 2018 after undertaking rigorous examinations. Karen joins two other sensei, in the State of Hawai’i, to earn this prestigious rank. Her Sogetsu studies began with Betty Hsu Sensei in 1989. Hsu Sensei was a student of Sofu Teshigahara the founder of Sogetsu Ikebana. Karen has taught Sogetsu Ikebana at Leeward Community College from 2003- 2010 and at Windward Community College since 2010.

She has conducted public ikebana demonstrations at the Blaisdell Honolulu Orchid Show, Waialae Country Club, Honolulu Hale, Tokai University, Honolulu Museum of Art School, and Windward Community College. Karen has exhibited major ikebana installations at Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu Museum of Art School, the Blaisdell Arena, Queen Emma Summer Palace, Neiman Marcus, Honolulu Hale, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and the Japanese Consulate.

Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Home Economics Retailing, Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Education Secondary Reading Disabilities, and Master’s degree from University of San Francisco in Private School Administration.
Peleke Sacatropez, Hawaiian male wearing glasses.
Eddie Fuentes Jr.  has taught Kālai Lāʻau and Papa Kālai at Windward Community College , where he was a student in the Hawaiian Studies wood carving program. He has been engaged in Hawaiian carving work in Maui since 2007 and also since moving to Oʻahu in 2010. His work includes commissioned wood, stone, bone, and cordage work and has lead hana noʻeau workshops and classes through the Nā Pua Noʻeau program through UH Mānoa, and continues his Hawaiian Language studies at UH West Oʻahu. He also leads ʻŌleo Hawaiʻi workshops at WCC for our first and second year language students integrating language learning through kālai and kuʻi kalo instruction. In his spare time he tends to the māla and enjoys surf photography and papa heʻe nalu riding.
Peleke Sacatropez, Hawaiian male wearing glasses.
Peleke Sacatropez
has taught Kalai La‘au and Kalai Iwi at Windward Community College where he is a graduate. He has trained under Umi Kai, Leiomano, Puleiniho and Ben Deluze, bowl turning and studied under Jerry Vasconcellos, Sam Ka‘ai, and Siosi Dalire. His work includes Doris Duke Museum Restoration of Arabic doors and private commission work such as bone necklaces, fishhooks, and walking sticks.