ANCIENT HAWAII ART REVIVAL
Kona District to Supply Lauhala Articles to Hawaiian Village At Waikiki
George P. Mossman, of the Hawaiian Village at Waikiki, who has been spending some time on the Big Island, has succeeded in making arrangements through which the Kona districts will supply the village with lauhala, mats and other articles.
Mr. Mossman reported that he found three grades of lauhala articles produced. the First grade, which is the cheaper grade, is turned out as a medium of exchange for which the family obtains clothing, groceries and other articles for home use.
The second grade is the type of article turned out to sell, this being a better grade than the first one but not as good as the third grade which is produced because of the love of the art.
The plan of the village is to handle the three different grades of articles. Agents in the Kona districts will be Hawaiians, Japanese and Chinese in business in that district. It is expected that a large amount of lauhala articles will be handled by the Hawaiian Village as the tourist trade continues to grow.
Mr. Mossman also looked into the supply of lauhala for future use. He found much of the fine lauhala being destroyed by grazing cattle, and by careless landowners who clear away many of the best plants without replacing them. He also found many trees which have become too old for their leaves to be of practical use.
Mr. Mossman called upon L. W. Bryan of the department of forestry and agriculture to see what could be done about setting out more lauhala plants to keep up the supply. Mr. Bryan reported a large supply of lauhala in the Puna district. However Mr. Mossman believes the Puna district is too far away from Kona, the center of the lauhala industry to depend upon the former district for supplies. He plans to take further steps to see that the supply is maintained in Kona.
(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/22/1936, p. 1)