from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as tapa (which see).
  • n. In Hawaii, cloth of any kind; clothes generally.


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  • For centuries before any Europeans so much as glimpsed the islands, the Hawaiian people had made a cloth called kapa from the bark of paper mulberry trees.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • Blind Item: Astig na senador, nagladlad ng 'kapa' sa basketbolista


  • Blind Item: Astig na senador, nagladlad ng 'kapa' sa basketbolista John "Sweet" Lapus maintains good working relationship with ABS-CBN Bea Alonzo stars in a movie without perennial leading man John Lloyd Cruz Luli draws inspiration from 'Sex and the City' movie for wedding Katrina Halili on her blessings: "Ganoon po siguro talaga kapag mabait ka … hindi iyong nagbabait-baitan lang."


  • "Pinoy Fear Factor" contestant Jose Sarasola says he has no nude photos and sex video Blind Item: Astig na senador, nagladlad ng 'kapa' sa basketbolista


  • As she puzzled out his last words, Hinano grinned at her bewilderment and brought her closer to the imu, where three large Hawaiian men were shoveling aside a thick layer of loose sand to reveal what appeared to be a thick covering of kapa cloth, woven mats, and burlap bags.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • Before Kawena had even unpacked, she and Midori began brainstorming plans for a weeklong seminar in the making of traditional kapa cloth by soaking and pounding the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • They made bed coverings called kappa moe by sewing together several layers of kapa with large running stitches and decorating the top with traditional patterns made from natural dyes.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • Early hula kahiko costumes for women featured skirts made of kapa, or bark cloth.

    Boing Boing

  • Mokgatlo wa rona o moholo ANC o ile wa etsa nnete ya hore kgethollo ya mofuta ofe kapa ofe eya fediswa.

    Speech by Monontsi Joseph George Mzondeki during debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address in the National Assembly

  • Parliamente kapa basebetsi ba yona batlohele o etsa ntho eo ka senkgeweshe “One size fit all”.

    Speech by Butana Komphela, Chairperson of the Sports & Recreation PC, during the debate on the Parliament budget vote


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  • Kapa is a fabric found in ancient Hawaiʻi made of beaten mulberry bark, or "wauke". Kapa was used primarily for clothing like the "malo" worn by men as a loincloth and the "p�?ʻū" worn by women as a wraparound. Kapa was also used for "kīhei" used over the shoulders.


    February 19, 2008