Oahu’s western coastline is home to revered cultural storytellers, artisans, crafters and some of Hawaii’s most fascinating living legends. From watermen to kupuna, artisans to designers, these kama’aina are the breath of life to Hawaii. Inspired by the Polynesian navigational traditions of wayfinding – to voyage and navigate canoes to unchartered areas – our ongoing weekly series #FSWAYFINDERS features art, culture, history and in-depth workshops. Discover a Hawaii and the Pacific by weaving together traditions of the past with a modern spin. Cultivate, create, and curate with Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina.
- Hula Lessons with La'akea Perry
Kumu Hula La’akea Perry comes from a talented ohana, rooted in Hawaiian culture. He is the kumu hula for Ke Kai O Kahiki, an award-winning hula halau based in Wai’anae. Learn the foundational movements of hula from an Alaka’i (leader) in this interactive workshop on June 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Cancelations should be made 24 hours in advance or may incur a full charge.
- Ukulele Workshop with Roy Sakuma
Renowned for his ukulele instruction, Hawaii’s own Roy Sakuma brings his signature instruction and passion for the ukulele to Four Seasons Resort Oahu. Learn beginning techniques, discover the history of the ukulele and master a song in the very first lesson on June 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
- Stars Above Hawaii
Enjoy an evening of stargazing and astronomical education at Four Seasons on June 4, 7, 11, 18, 21, 25 and 28 at 8:00 pm. Learn about Hawaiian star lines and ancient Polynesian voyaging, take in magnificent views of the moon, the planets, stars, star clusters, stellar nurseries and galaxies.
- Wa'a Outrigger Canoe
Glide along the leeward coast just as Hawaiian Ali'i (chiefs) did in ancient times and take in the beauty of the west side by learning the basic skills of outrigger paddling. Join us any day (weather permitting) for USD 40 per adult and USD 25 per child by signing up with the Concierge.
- Wednesdays and Fridays, July 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, 9:00 am –11:00 am
Ni'ihau Shell Jewellery-Making Workshop with Ha'aheo Hawaiian
The Island of Ni'ihau is renowned for its beautiful, yet extremely rare shells. Artisans use the ornate shells for authentic lei and jewelry. Join Ha'aheo Hawaiian for a Ni'ihau fine art jewelry making workshop and create your very own one-of-a-kind earrings.
- Wednesdays, July 3 and 31, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LESSONS IN LAUHALA – WEAVING WORKSHOP WITH ALOMA WANG
Join us for our complimentary ‘Lessons in Lauhala’ weaving workshop with lauhala practitioner Aloma Wang. Learn the history, craft and cultural significance of this ancient practice and weave your very own wearable art. Guests are invited to join at their leisure.
- Mondays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
UKULELE WORKSHOP WITH MUSICAL LEGEND ROY SAKUMA
Renowned worldwide for his ukulele instruction, Hawaii’s own Roy Sakuma brings his signature instruction and passion for the ukulele to Four Seasons Resort Oahu. This unique, hands-on workshop is designed to teach guests the beginning techniques, history of the ukulele – and master a song in the very first lesson! The workshop costs USD 75 per guest. Participation must be booked 24 hours in advance. Please sign up with Concierge.
- Fridays, July 5, 12 and 26, 8:30 am –9:30 am
HULA LESSONS WITH LA’AKA PERRY, KUMU HULA OF KE KAI O KAHIKI HALAU
Kumu Hula La’akea Perry comes from a talented ohana that is rooted in Hawaiian culture through hula and music. He is the kumu hula for Ke Kai O Kahiki, an award-winning hula halau based in Wai’anae on the west side of Oahu. Learn the foundational movements of hula from an Alaka’i (leader) groomed at an early age to carry on the legacy of Ke Kai O Kahiki by its founder. This interactive hour-long workshop is USD 75 per person and limited to four guests. Participation must be booked 48 hours in advance. Cancelation policy 24 hours advanced notice or full charge. Please sign up with Concierge.
- Saturdays, July 13 and 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Jan Tetsutani Painting Workshop
Jan Tetsutani creates vibrant art to soothe the soul using a variety of mediums, including acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink. Take to the canvas with the beautiful Pacific Ocean as an inspiring backdrop, and allow Jan to help guide your paintbrush as you create your very own masterpiece. The workshop is USD 75 per person and limited to five guests. Please sign up with the Concierge.
- Tuesdays & Fridays, June 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 23, 26 and 30, 8:00 pm
STARS ABOVE HAWAII
Enjoy an evening of stargazing and astronomical education at Four Seasons. Learn about Hawaiian star lines and ancient Polynesian voyaging, take in magnificent views of the moon, the planets, stars, star clusters, stellar nurseries, galaxies, and much more. The one-hour star show starts at USD 39 per adult and USD 20 per child. Please sign up with the Concierge
- July 11, 11:00 am –12:30 pm
Painting Workshop with Lauren Brown
Known for her custom surfboard designs, artist Lauren Brown hosts our exclusive "Board" Room painting workshop and exhibit. Inspired by her love of the ocean and Hawaii’s pristine, natural beauty, Lauren’s custom surfboard and canvas artwork captures the essence of the islands – from flowers and fauna, to waterfalls and waves. Join Lauren for a two-hour acrylic painting workshop on canvas and create your very own masterpiece. The workshop is USD 75 per person and limited to two guests. Please sign up with the Concierge.
WA’A EXCURSIONS – OUTRIGGER CANOE
Embark on an unforgettable adventure along the leeward coast, just as Hawaiian Ali'i (chiefs) did in ancient times. Learn the basic skills of outrigger paddling and take in the beauty of the west side. The excursion is offered daily and is USD 40 per adult; USD 25 per child. Outrigger excursions are weather-permitting. Please sign up with the Concierge.
- Friday July 5, 12 and 26, 9:00 am –11:00 am & Saturday July 6, 13 and 27, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
LAUHALA WEAVING WITH PI’IALI’I LAWSON
Explore the art and tradition of Hawaiian Lauhala weaving with designer and artist Pi'iali'i Lawson from Wai'anae, O'ahu. Take a journey with him as we begin under the Hala tree and make our way through chant, storytelling, history, and language. Then learn to weave your own wearable art such as a bracelet. Also, get the opportunity to shop for Modern Hawaiian Lauhala Accessories. The workshop is USD 50 per person and located at the Serenity Pool. Please sign up with the Concierge.
- Friday, July 9 and 16, 2:00 am – 4:00 pm
LEI PO’O WORKSHOP WITH HAU’OLI’S HAKU’S
Instructor: Hau’oli Kia-Napaepae. Immerse yourself in the spirit of Aloha and learn the craft of making your own beautiful Lei Po’o (flower crown). This workshop uses traditional Hawaiian techniques and locally sourced, tropical flowers for you to use to create your personalized Lei Po’o in this fun and relaxed setting. You can take this skill set with you to share with your friends and O’hana for a lifetime. You will leave this experience with your beautiful floral creation and a deeper connection and appreciation to Hawaiian spirit, culture and artistry! USD 75 per person. Please sign up with Concierge.