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Lauhala, which in Hawaiian means simply "leaf of the hala tree", has its roots in antiquity. Little has changed over the years in the making of lauhala save the tools. The technique itself has been passed down from generation to generation, mother to daughter, since tribal times.
Lauhala leaves are a rapidly renewed resource, indeed the Pandanus trees from which they are derived grow throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The artistry of the braiding, or "plaits" and the durability of the material lends itself equally well to bringing a tropical beauty to floor or wall, and is rugged enough to enliven outside bars and pavilions without concern for weather.
Nor need you fear cutting it, the braids are so tightly wound they will not unravel even if you used the bluntest of blades to make your cuts.
Overall, lauhala adds an enchanting, soothing Pacific Island flair that can only enhance any motif, indoors or out.