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Upcoming Workshops and Events


Saturday, July 28, 2018: Hawaiian Feather Lei Workshop





Saturday, July 28, 2018: Tanabata Kazari Workshop




Hawaiian Feather Lei Workshop

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Instructor: Kumu Herman Tachera
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$65 for Center members, $75 for general public


Come learn the art of handcrafting Hawaiian feather lei from Herman Tachera, kumu and founder of Hui Lei Hulu O Ho'omau located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brought to the Hawaiian Islands by early Polynesian settlers, featherwork capes, lei, helmets and other garments were used primarily by the ali'i (chiefs and nobility) to symbolize status, royalty and lineage. Early Hawaiians believed birds had symbolic spiritual powers and their feathers would imbue garments with additional value and status. Feather lei were traditionally the only feather adornments women of Hawaiian nobility were permitted to create and wear. Today this handicraft tradition has been handed down to modern practitioners of the art. While many feathers traditionally came from local bird species that are now endangered or protected, many modern feather lei crafters use dyed feathers from geese, pheasants and other common birds. Enjoy learning more about the tradition of feather lei and make your own to take home!

About Kumu Herman Tachera

Herman Tachera is the kumu and founder of Hui Lei Hulu O Ho'omau located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a Cultural Practitioner of Hawaiian Feather Art since 1996. He was first introduced to the art of lei hulu by Mikioi Iwamoto and later fell under the mentorship of Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna, Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Kekuewa and Michael Vieira. Aunty Mary Lou and Aunty Paulette, the foremost masters of Hawaiian Feather Art gave their acknowledgement and blessings to Herman to teach and perpetuate the Art of Hawaiian Feathers in June of 2007. Herman has taught numerous workshops throughout California, Hawaii, Seattle, Portland, Japan, Taiwan, Ireland and Korea.


Tanabata Holiday Decoration Workshop

Saturday, July 28, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$5-10 Suggested Donation Per Person

Children Ages 5-12 Must Be Accompanied By An Adult
Advance Registration Required
Registration Deadline: Saturday, July 21, 2018


This year the Center will be hosting a crafts workshop to teach you how to construct your very own mini-kusudama kazari (decoration) for the Tanabata Japanese holiday! This workshop is open to all ages to come and decorate their kazari with their own designs and have them displayed in the Center. Come join us and make colorful kazari to celebrate the holiday!

Every year the Tanabata festival is celebrated around the world in commemoration of the stars Orihime (Vega) and Kengyu (Altair), two lovers separated by the Milky Way except for this one night. Originating in China, this romantic story became popular in Japan beginning in the 8th century and is still widely celebrated to this day.

Tanabata means the "7th evening," and is celebrated during the 7th night of the 7th month. Due to Japan's change from the lunar calendar to the Gregorian calendar, it is often celebrated on July 7th, but traditionally it is held in August, when the sky is clear and the two stars are closest in the sky. The Tanabata festival is often characterized by writing wishes on colorful strips of paper (tanzaku) onto sprigs of bamboo branches , but another popular decoration is the kusudama, the colorful, round decorations with long strips of paper hung during the festivals. We invite individuals, families, and community organizations to come and construct your very own kusudama! Kusudama will be returned to participants in August following the close of the Tanabata holiday.


Previous Workshops

Magewappa Woodcraft Bento Box Workshop

Magewappa Workshop flyer copy

Tohoku Folk Crafts Workshop


Kaiseki Workshop Autumn

tomato, tofu & avocado salad

Introduction to Karate


Summer Soba Noodle Workshop with Sonoko Sakai


Kaiseki Workshop Summer

unagi tamagoyose

Ukulele 101

ukulele workshop

Washi Ningyo Paper Dolls
Washi ningyo construction


Terrariums Workshop

Terrarium Workshop Flyer copy

Introduction to Temari Workshop

Temari Workshop Flyer copy

Donabe Claypot Workshop with Sonoko Sakai



Tea and Craft Time

Plumeria Hawaiian Gift Box

Kaiseki Workshop Fall
Maguro Tataki

Japanese Pantry
Koji Workshop LARGE

Kaiseki Workshop Winter


Mochitsuki Workshops


Mah Jongg 101 Workshop

MJ Flyer copy

Spring Kaiseki Workshop

Chirashi on plate