Weaver and teacher of ulana lauhala Jim Skibby has been making lauhala hats for many years. He has studied with such famous kumu ulana as Aunty Josephine Fergestrom and Uncle Ed Kaneko among others. He feels that because he was given information about hat making freely, that he should share this knowledge freely with others.
He began writing in 2006 and revised and improved what was written in 2011. The following chapters are an outline for making a Kona style lauhala hat based on both the shared knowledge and his own experiences in making hats.
Cleaning Lauhala – the way Jim Skibby does it.
Chapter 1 – Making the Piko
Chapter 1a – Making a Stringless Piko
Chapter 2 – Starting the Pā
Chapter 3 – How to Weave Maka ʻOʻeno ( twill )
Chapter 4 – Hāunu on Pā ( Adding in koana or mauʻu to the pā )
Chapter 5 – Adding the First Round to the Pā
Chapter 6 – Adding the Second Round to the Pā
Chapter 7 – Placing the Pā on the Ipu ( or Pahu )
Chapter 8 – Weaving the Crown
Chapter 9 – Hāunu Hūnā ( the hidden add-in )
Chapter 10 – Starting the Brim
Chapter 11 – Adding on the the Brim
Chapter 12 – Hiʻi ( completing the edge of the brim )
Chapter 13 – Finishing the Pāpale
Chapter 14 – The Pawehe Pattern
Chapter 15 – The Kaimana Pattern
Chapter 16 – The Love Knot
Chapter 17 – The Nene Pattern
Chapter 18 – Weaving Anoni Patterns