100% Hawaiian Grown HANDMADE hats, baskets, brooms
The best quality and most reasonable prices in Hawaii
“Guaranteed” since 1979
Krishna, Vishnu, Govinda, Narayan. Productions
Paul Nahoum Munet, PO Box 1603, Kapaa, HI 96746
Aloha and welcome. My name is Paul Munet and I’ve been making hats and baskets from the coconut leaf since 1979. I’ve climbed over 4,000 trees and weaved over 100,000 items. I’ve made a hat or basket for at least one person from every state in America, as well as every country in Europe. Over the years, I’ve learned that there is not a country or culture in the world that can’t use a hat or basket. The Coconut tree can live up to 120 years. It can grow up to 100 feet tall. The seed must remain on the tree for nine months before planting. If you cut it off sooner, it won’t grow. You can drink coconut water as young as six months off the tree. The leaf can be used to weave a hat or basket by hand faster than any other material in the world. I can weave an item in as little as 8-10 minutes. The most difficult part is climbing. Not every tree has the perfect leaf for making anything and everything. You must look carefully for the right growth pattern. After cutting the leaf from a tree you need to let the tree rest for 3 to 4 months before returning for more. I climb barefoot, if the tree is wet from rain, it’s not safe for climbing. It’s best to wait for the tree to dry. Very few people want to climb Coconut trees anymore, if you fall it can be fatal. I’ve never fallen. If you follow the safety rules you should be all right. It helps if you aren’t afraid of heights!
This craft has helped me to survive and travel to places that I could have only dreamed of visiting, such as Mexico, Central America, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean as well as Hawaii. The craft originated in Polynesia. The Polynesians used weaving as a way to travel further. They weaved their sails from Lau Hala leaf to catch the wind. There’s no way they could have rowed a canoe 2400 miles or more. Weaving helps us travel further and survive longer. It’s truly a craft even in this modern age. The Coconut tree, which the Hawaiians call Niu, supplied them with food, water, shelter, hats, baskets, brooms and so much more. So join me in this ethnic teaching of Niu the Coconut tree.
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