We are a Native Hawaiian & Native American indigenous family owned ipu farm near San Diego, California. At IpuFarm we focus only on growing and making the best Hawaiian ipu gourds for you and your halau or 'ohana. Each gourd is crafted with true Native Aloha!
Merrie Monarch 2010, Keali'i Reichel & Halau Ke'alaokamaile take 1st place in Kahiko accompanied by an Ipu Heke from IpuFarm! Photo-U'ilani Friedman.
June 2013- IpuFarmer in Japan! We are looking forward to going to Okinawa this June with Kealii Reichel's concert program. :)
Aloha to Noriko who purchased her ipu heke IpuFarm in February. Noriko attends a kumu class in Tokyo, Japan and has a halau in Nagano, Japan.
Noriko's ipu heke is finished in kukui nut oil and made with aloha!
Also featured is Yun from Halau Aloha Anuenue Hula & Polynesian. Yun was very happy with the tones of her ipu heke and said that the students were "deeply moved"
We grow only orgainic ipu at our farm. We also specialize in manufacture of ipu drums from hand selected organically grown ipu gourds. Our ipu heke and ipu heke 'ole are used as instruments in Hawaiian hula song and dance by halau hula (hula schools), as Hawaiian decorative gifts, and for artistic crafts.
IpuFarm is also piloting a Native Co-op and Native Artist Gallery, which will bring Native-grown ipu and other crafts to market. Our process for cultivation and production of the Hawaiian ipu has been handed down to us from our kupuna, and we continue to use these traditional techniques to bring you the best sounding and most beautiful ipu heke available.
IPU NEWS - SEE US AT VOLCANO ART CENTER GALLERY!
IpuFarm ipu heke and ipu heke ole are now available at Na Mea Hawaii at Ward Wearhouse in Honolulu!
March 3rd-April 22nd 2012- Volcano Natiional Park, Volcano Art Center is hosting "Honoring Ipu", an exhibit featuring work from IpuFarm and Artist, Jelena Clay.
April 2012- Merrie Monarch Craft Fair is our next scheduled appearance!
November 2011, Our ipu heke ole workshop at Moku O Keawe International Festival was great fun! After we taught haumana to make ipu, Nalani Kanaka'ole taught a hula with the ipu that our students made. Again, we went home with out any more ipu!
April 2011- Merrie Monarch Craft Fair was another success, we SOLD OUT again! Thanks to Nelson Makua of Namakua for creating such a welcoming environment. We also had many of our ipu heke sell at Sig Zane Designs in Hilo. While on Big Island, check for our ipu heke selection there at Sig's Hilo store!
November 2010, We had a great workshop at Moku O Keawe International Festival. 24 students made their ipu heke!
April 2010, Our Booth at Merrie Monarch was a success! Thank you to all who stopped by!
November 8th, 2009 Auntie Donna's soloist takes 1st place at Moku O Keawe Festival!!! Auntie Donna is kumu for halau Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna...Hula Festival