Hale O KAHIKO Arts


"My passion for art and early technology keeps me in balance."

Welcome to the House of KAHIKO Arts. I am Dino Labiste, artist and craftsman for KAHIKO Arts. Each item that you see on this webpage is a one-of-a-kind piece. No two items are alike because each artwork is individually hand crafted. Along with the esthetic design of the indigenous objects, all replicas are also utilitarian. I strive for the integration of function and form. When used, each tool has a story to tell.

If you want to commission a particular item, contact Dino Labiste at KahikoArts@yahoo.com. If you have any questions, send me an e-mail.

For a biography of Dino, access The PrimitveWays Clan webpage. Visit THE GALLERY and view his previous artwork and replicas.

Dino has sold his artwork and replicas to the Oakland Museum (Oakland, CA), Monterey State Historic Parks (Monterey, CA), Filoli Estates (Woodside, CA), Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park (Gilroy, CA), Hayward Area Historical Society (Hayward, CA), University of California Botanical Garden (Berkeley, CA), City of Mountain View (Mountain View, CA) and private individuals throughout the United States. Design Craftsmen, an exhibit producer from Michigan, purchased a full-sized tule boat. A Schoningen spear and 2 Neanderthal spears were replicated for Shining Red Productions for a PBS 3-part NOVA series entitled "Becoming Human". Basic primordial tools, crude food bowls and other movie props were created for Fox Louisiana Productions for a feature film called "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes". Dino also has a stone tool displayed at the Maidu Museum (Roseville, CA).

All indigenous objects of the past served a practical or symbolic function. Adornment, added to objects of practical use, related to spiritual knowledge in aiding the power (mana, tipni, inua, qi, orenda, maban, wakanda, kami, teotl, prana or manitou) of the object and so improving its efficiency. All man-made things had a spirit life and were not regarded by indigenous cultures as inanimate "dead" objects, as western society now regard a bowl or a basket. Indigenous objects had meanings in the minds of their users as well as functions in their hands. The symbolic or spiritual functions of the decorations made the objects and symbols more than things of art.

"The soul of the craftsman goes into the final product. Our hands breathe spirit into something we make. We give it life."

Definition of Kahiko: 1. To think, act, speak in the old way. 2. Ancient; a long time ago.


Samples of Artwork and Replicas
(Visit The Gallery to view other works by Dino)

Soaproot Brush


Wooden Spoons


Elderberry Flute


Pump Drills


Acrylic Painting




Schedule of Classes

Wilderness Survival Skills

Wilderness Survival Skills Revisited

PrimitiveWays Home Page


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Contact Dino Labiste at KahikoArts@yahoo.com.