Since its beginnings in 8th century Japan, the Kadomatsu (or “gate pine”) has been crafted to properly ring in the New Year by welcoming in the blessings of ancestral spirits. As a result of its growing popularity in Hawaiʻi, people have made their own touches on the traditional design by using locally-sourced materials in their contemporary renditions. 

To share a modern take on the traditional design, Kadomatsu instructor Rick Hoo will share his knowledge and craft of contemporary Kadomatsu-making at a special three-part workshop at Spalding House.

Check out master Hoo and his take on the history and importance of the centuries-old tradition of Kadomatsu in the video below.

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