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Master hale builder featured in new documentary with nationally recognized artists

Native Hawaiian Master Hale Builder Francis Palani Sinenci
Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi
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HPR
Native Hawaiian Master Hale Builder Francis Palani Sinenci, affectionately known as Kumu Palani, is honored this year by the National Endowment for the Arts as a National Heritage Fellow.

Master Hawaiian hale builder Francis Palani Sinenci was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a 2022 National Heritage Fellow — the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts.

His artistry of traditional thatched Hawaiian homes along with other awardees of the 2022 fellowship will be featured in a new documentary.

The documentary titled Roots of American Culture will follow 10 cultural artists and their traditions.

The documentary will debut on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on arts.gov/heritage.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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