Neola Caveny

Neola Caveny lives on an entirely solar-powered tropical flower farm in Huelo, Maui. She trained and worked as a gemologist and appraiser for many years until she discovered a passion for working with gourds while she was learning to make ipu – percussion instruments often used to provide a beat – as a student of hula. All of the patterns and subjects she uses on her beautiful pieces have a traditional Hawaiian or Lapita (a proto-Polynesian culture from the western Pacific) background, and she uses the wood-burning techniques she first learned to do on kukui nuts.

In ancient Hawai’i, gourds were used for cooking, musical instruments, and headdresses and were often highly decorated using the same time-consuming techniques still used to this day.

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