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British Columbian guest finds creative outlet in palm frond weaving

By Slickrock Adventures on December 18, 2012

This summer, I was traveling in Maui, Hawaii and decided to take the famous hike up past the lava tubes, through the dark and clattering bamboo forest to the “seven sacred pools” of ‘Ohe’o Gulch (aka Haleakala National Park Kipahulu). There, in addition to a lot of signs warning insane people where exactly the spots were that people like them should not jump into the pools from, I saw a guy weaving baskets from palm fronds. Spending so much of my time each year on coconut-palm-frond-covered Long Caye, this intrigued me. So back at the visitors center, when I saw they had a book called How to Weave Hawaiian Coconut Palm Fronds, A Step-by-Step Guide, by Jim Widess, I immediately bought it and sent it down to the island this fall to take it’s place in our ever expanding island library.

We love our library, and so do many of our guests. So it should have been no surprise to see these photos recently sent back from our office in Belize City following one of our first trips of the season. Apparently, island guest Donna Hamilton from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada found the new book in the library and decided to give it a go. Looks like she succeeded handily.

Donna’s mobile hangs from a bean of the kitchen palapa: