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IPU: A HAWAIIAN FAMILY TRADITION

Founders: Kalim & Landa uuleialoha (Hopkins) Smith

"Kuli'a i ka nu'u."
Strive to reach the highest.


-Queen Kapi'olani

We are a Native Hawaiian (Kanaka Maoli)/ Native American family owned and operated organic ipu gourd farm (kalana ipu) located on an Indian reservation in San Diego County.  Our family is dedicated to producing top quality ipu (traditional Hawaiian drum) while respecting the traditions and care associated with growing such a culturally important plant. Hawaiian ipu are the foundation of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian hula and mele.

"I ulu no ka lala i ke kumu."
The branches grow because of the trunk.
-Hawaiian Proverb

Our family is descended from a long line of mahi'ai, kumu hula, musicians, and practitioners of Hawaiian arts that have both cultivated and used the ipu.  We strive to maintain the quality of craftsmanship and care that our ancestors had for ipu.

Here at ipufarm.com, we are one of the few Native-owned and operated organic ipu farms on native soil.  Our long-term goals involve creating a sustainable economic development for  other Native peoples through the cultivation and sale of ipu.

GROWING IPU FOR AUNTY

Here on the reservation growing na ipu (halma in local language) for tribal ceremony has a long history. We personally have been growing gourds for about 10 years now... however it wasnt until our Great Aunt Kumu Hula Donna Jensen mentioned that her ipu crop on the Big Island wouldnt produce due to gourd-hungry bugs that we started to grow ipu for her... And that's how we are where we are today, a Family owned ipu farm!

IPU HEKE drum is an instrument of Hawaiian hula and has become a symbol for the traditions and decor of Hawaii. 

IPU HEKE 'OLE, also referred to as IPU 'OLE, or IPU Hula is often held by modern Hula 'Olapa (dancers) while performing their movements

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Begining of IPU...

Builder of Iolani Palace in Honolulu in 1882, King David Kalakaua "The Merrie Monarch" (1836-1891) is known for his contributions to the preservation of Hawaiian culture, hula, and mele. King Kalakaua was born November 16th, 1836. When King Kamehameha V (King Lot) died in 1872, Kalakaua was a candidate for the throne, but his opponent, William Lunalilo, was elected. Lunalilo died on February 3, 1874, and soon Kalakaua was elected to the vacant throne in a campaign against Ex-Queen Emma, the rival candidate who received just six votes in the assembly, to thirty-six for Kalakaua. Thus, Kalakaua was the seventh of eight monarchs who ruled the Hawaiian Nation: King Kamehameha I, King Kamehameha II, King Kamehameha III, King Kamehameha IV, King Kamehameha V, King Lunalilo, King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani.

Builder of Iolani Palace in Honolulu in 1882, King David Kalakaua "The Merrie Monarch" (1836-1891) is known for his contributions to the preservation of Hawaiian culture, hula, and mele. King Kalakaua was born November 16th, 1836. When King Kamehameha V (King Lot) died in 1872, Kalakaua was a candidate for the throne, but his opponent, William Lunalilo, was elected. Lunalilo died on February 3, 1874, and soon Kalakaua was elected to the vacant throne in a campaign against Ex-Queen Emma, the rival candidate who received just six votes in the assembly, to thirty-six for Kalakaua. Thus, Kalakaua was the seventh of eight monarchs who ruled the Hawaiian Nation: King Kamehameha I, King Kamehameha II, King Kamehameha III, King Kamehameha IV, King Kamehameha V, King Lunalilo, King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani.

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