Neola Caveny lives on an entirely solar powered tropical flower farm in Huelo, Maui. She discovered a passion for working with gourds while she was learning to make ipu instruments as a student of hula. All of the patterns and subjects she used on her beautiful pieces have a traditional Hawaiian background, and she uses wood burning, carving, painting, and weaving. When she can obtain green gourds, she uses the ancient Niihau technique of dyeing from the inside, which was lost until recently rediscovered. In ancient Hawaii, gourds were used for cooking, storage, musical instruments and helmets, and were often highly decorated.
Neola created these pieces as inspired, but please feel free to place special orders. We will send photos of available pieces upon request.