As an ‘olohe, a teacher of lua (the art of war), Umi Kai is frequently asked to lead workshops on na mea Hawai‘i including na mea kaua throughout the Hawaiian islands. His students range from public elementary school children to college students to business executives in downtown Honolulu. Umi’s creations are often on display at a variety of locations including the Bishop Museum. Umi also participates in a number of cultural festivals each year, including the Native Hawaiian Arts Market held at Bishop Museum each May, where he teaches his craft to anyone willing to learn.

To catch Umi in action, check your local cultural calendar, or contact him at


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