Temari Hawai‘i Celebrates 43 Years of Preserving Handmade Asian and Pacific Art Forms

(Sponsored) Temari Hawai‘i focuses on sharing ideas, traditional approaches, and new transformations of art forms—serving as a bridge across rich, Asian and Pacific spanning over generations.


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Temari Hawai‘i is an arts organization driven by a shared, universal passion to learn, create, and connect. Founded 43 years ago in Honolulu, Temari Hawai‘i focuses on handmade Asian and Pacific arts, exploring their origins, discovering their foundations, and evolving techniques. We strive to provide an environment where everyone feels welcome and has an opportunity to connect with traditional crafts and explore exciting forms of art.


We support and inspire artists, teach traditional and contemporary techniques, and create a community of cultural connections through our workshops, art markets, and events. When exploring different approaches to Asian and Pacific arts, we see that there are more similarities than disparities. Even in the diversity of styles, interpretations, cultures, and methods, the common threads that bind us are our shared love for exploring textiles, fibers, and customs.


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Where We Came From

We started Temari in Hawai‘i in 1979 as an arts organization dedicated to sharing and promoting diverse cultures. At the time, learning about Western techniques like sculpture and painting was mainstream, while Asian and Pacific arts were not widely taught. We created Temari to address a deep, growing interest in Asian and Pacific crafts. We have worked with the local community to revive kapa (Hawaiian bark cloth), ʻohe kapala (bamboo stamps), kadomatsu (New Year’s bamboo arrangements), and made Micronesian lei making a style you now see every day in Hawai‘i. These are just a few of the achievements Temari has made throughout the years thanks to the tireless efforts of our teachers, students, and volunteers.


The Temari Ball

We chose the temari ball, a Japanese folk toy, as our representative symbol because it’s made by hand (手 “te”) and round (まる “maru”) like the globe, and it comprises of patterns as infinite as individuals. Like the threads on a temari ball, when brought and woven together, the people of Temari create a richer, more colorful community.


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What’s Next

Take home handmade treasures, fabric, remnants, sewing notions, patterns, etc from talented local vendors and creatives at our 15th Annual Bolts of Fabric and Fun event at The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Courtyard. The event will open with a Taiko drum welcome by Nakama, and will be a fun event for all ages. There will also be a special exhibition and sale of kimono inside JCCH’s Gallery from the family of the late Lorraine “Nobu” Kaneshiro. Nobu sang traditional Japanese enka and Okinawan songs, entertained with big band orchestras like Chidori Orchestra and was often called “Hawai‘i’s Misora Hibari.” All proceeds from the sale of Nobu’s kimono will directly benefit Temari Hawai‘i.


Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Time: 9 A.M.-1 P.M.
Location: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Courtyard
Address: 2454 South Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96826


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Become a Member

If you’re interested in the arts and want to connect with our community, we welcome and encourage you to become a member. Creating and preserving these cultural art forms will lift your spirits, inspire you, and connect you with a great community of people with similar interests.


Our Partners

We would like to thank our partners for all their undying loyalty and support throughout the years:

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, Moilili Community Center, East-West Center, Nichiren Mission of Hawai‘i, Pacific Asian Affairs Counsel, Hui O Laulima, Hawai‘i Japanese Center Hilo, Hawai‘i Stitchery and Fiber Arts Guild, and Hawai‘i Craftsmen.