Ma ka hana ka ʻike. Experimentation IS a Hawaiian method. You all cannot see it. But this is an 8-ply braid (uilo or hilu pāwalu). And yes because there was no craft store nearby and my fellow Sima participants did not want to loan me some of their long locks, i had to improvise with waxed mint floss. Making these strands to imagine what it feels like to braid hundreds of strands of human hair!