Kumu: Bill Keoua Nelsen
From The Island of Oahu
6th generation lauhala weaver
Bill Keoua Nelsen currently residing in Nuʻuanu, was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii in 1968 and comes from a long line of prominent lau hala weavers. At a young age, his grandmother taught him how to gather and prepare the native lau hala leaves for weaving. She also tried to teach him to weave, but it wasn’t until his thirties that he began to finally feel his ancestors channeling and transferring their knowledge and skills to him. He was fortunate to learn from his grandmother Lillian Grace Nelsen, his grand Aunt, Aunty Gladys Grace, Gwen Kamisugi, Lorna Pacheco,Pōhaku Kahoʻohanohano and Marcia Omura.
His work has been featured in the MAMo (Maoli Arts Month) Wearable Arts fashion show, Nakeʻu Awai Fashion Shows, The Chicago Botanical Gardenʻs 1st Annual Orchid Show and the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.
Private workshops available (less than 10 people) - please contact us for details